TBonz is ready to claim its "steak" of the restaurant business in Columbia County.
The steakhouse, well-established in Richmond County, will open it new location on North Belair Road Tuesday.
TBonz owner Tom Jastrom said a lot of factors led to opening a new location just eight miles down Washington Road from the Augusta TBonz.
“The growth in Columbia County certainly had a lot to do with it,” he said. “And this is the kind of place that seems to fit in Columbia County. It seemed logical.”
Jastrom said they looked at locations for a while before closing on the old Stonecrest Steakhouse location in late July. He said it took about four months to prepare for Tuesday’s opening and admitted that for a while, TBonz might be a work in progress. He said because the new location is not as visible or easily accessed as the Washington Road store, quality – of food, service and experience – will be important from the moment the doors open.
“The location is a challenge,” he said. “Being offset, you better not mess up too many times.”
Suzanne Sinisgalli, the new location’s manager, said having an established brand is helpful. Phone calls to the original TBonz have been fairly constant and anticipation, she said, is high. While the fan favorites that have made TBonz something of an Augusta institution will remain, the pleasure of running a privately owned business is a certain freedom. She said steaks and fresh ingredients remain the staples, but Columbia County-specific menu items may appear from time to time.
“There’s always room to be creative,” she said.
TBonz will be open 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.