The sizzle of eggs on the griddle, the smell of frying bacon and the aroma of fresh brewed coffee greet customers of Columbia County's newest restaurant, the Sunrise Grill.
Though it's been open for three weeks while ironing out the kinks, the restaurant held its grand opening Friday, July 11. Owned by Ron Gurley and his son Chris Gurley, the restaurant is in West Town Market Square next to Kmart in Martinez.
As previous owners of Gurley's supermarkets, the Gurleys said opening a restaurant was just a natural extension of their love of fresh food.
"There are lots of places to go to eat supper, but there are not many places where you can sit down and have a nice breakfast or lunch," Ron Gurley said. "We wanted to fill that need."
The restaurant will seat 93. Also, there are some special touches to its interior, including an old-fashioned lunch counter. Gurley's eight grandchildren painted the walls of the restaurant, and Greenbrier High School and middle-school art pupils painted the farm mural on the back wall.
Sunrise Grill owners Ron Gurley (center l-r), son Chris Gurley and his son Logan, cut the ribbon during the restaurant's grand opening ceremony. Also present during the ribbon cutting were (l-r) Augusta Chronicle advertising representative Sharon Gordon, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gordon Renshaw, Chamber ambassador Johnny Harmon, Chamber Vice President Ron Hackett and Chamber ambassador Cathy Gilbert.
Photo by Melissa Hall
It menu of breakfast specialties, soups, salads and sandwiches are served in a smoke-free environment. Breakfast is served all day. The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day.
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