This winter will bring two new restaurants to Columbia County.
Owner Dick Collins hopes to open Pickles soon in the former Raising Cane's building on Furys Ferry Road.
"We're starting it from scratch," said Collins, who also is president and CEO of InfoPro Group Inc., a national medical transcription and health information management company in Augusta.
Collins said the restaurant is a venture with his wife of 37 years, Ann, and executive chef Dan Urie, former chef at West Lake Country Club.
"We are more excited about this than we have been about anything we have done," Collins said. "We're trying to establish a concept, not just open a restaurant."
Collins, of Martinez, said the menu for the moderately priced restaurant will feature a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and salads. All items will be made with fresh ingredients, he said.
Lunch will include sandwiches, wraps and other choices for less than $10 each.
The dinner items include steaks and grilled chicken, including chicken marsala, a house specialty.
Collins said that the building is undergoing renovations and that a lunch counter and bar will be added.
"I think everybody is going to be pleasantly surprised," Collins said. "We hope we can make everybody proud."
An Appling man said he hopes to have his American-theme restaurant open in February.
Alfred Todd said he will open Bo Daddy's American Grille in the former Yosko in the Publix shopping center on Washington Road in Evans.
"I'm real excited about it," Todd said. "Our motto is, 'You'll enter as strangers and leave as friends.' "
Todd said the American dcor will be the backdrop for the moderately priced, family-oriented restaurant serving American classics with an upscale twist.
"Everything as far as fare is going to revolve around all-fresh ingredients," Todd said.
The menu will feature fresh burgers and steaks, salads, sandwiches and a few speciality items such as shrimp cakes.
Daily specials will be available, including fish fry Friday nights. Todd said he is bringing a few specialties from his native upstate New York, including hot dogs, the fish fry and sandwiches.
"There (will) always be something different for somebody," Todd said. "We're going to bring back the dessert cart."
Todd said the space is under renovation and eventually will include a bar and lounge area, booth and family seating, and a large party/meeting room.
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