“We’re going to be training today,” owner Charles Curlee said Sunday. “We had some point-of-sale issues that didn’t get resolved on time. They’re now resolved, so we’ll be training staff today with hopes of opening on Tuesday.”
Curlee said he pushed hard all weekend but couldn’t get the sales issues resolved until late. That delayed some of the training for many of the 43 employees who will be with him when the restaurant opens.
Curlee has already acquired all of the appropriate permits and licenses and said he’ll be ready to go for lunch and dinner service Tuesday.
The whole process has been a challenge for Curlee, who was delayed for several weeks by inspection issues related to fire safety.
The restaurateur, who also operates the Fuddruckers on Riverside Parkway, said earlier this year that he had been working on the concept for the new seafood restaurant for close to a year.
“Obviously oysters are going to be a big hit, I hope,” he said. “We’re doing raw, grilled and baked oysters, so you’ll be able to get those in any particular variety you want.”
The staple fish are going to be salmon, tuna, grouper and mahi-mahi. “We’ll bring in special fish based on availability. When we open that’s going to be red snapper, because it’s in abundance right now.”
One of the highlights of the newest addition to downtown Rome’s line-up of restaurants will be an enclosed seating area where customers can comfortably wait for a table during busy periods.
Inside, the oyster bar will be sectioned off from the main dining room, and a mezzanine will include a game room for children.
It will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays it will stay open until 10 p.m.