After trying to find someone interested in opening in an empty storefront in Habersham, business partners Leo Gannon and Larry Naylor decided to do something unusual.
The development and construction duo will try their hand at food and beverage.
After months of renovations and preparations, the Coffee Stop and the Spaghetti Club have opened at 27 Market St.
The original plan was simply to open the Spaghetti Club, where families could get a simple meal of pasta, salad, vegetables and dessert while enjoying live entertainment.
But Gannon said they realized Habersham was missing a place to get a cup of coffee and a bite to eat in the morning. The restaurant will start the day as the Coffee Stop.
"We have to heat the place and cool the place, so we figured we might as well try it," he said.
Coffee was an addition that came along as naturally as many of the other aspects of the eatery. Gannon and Naylor's backgrounds are in architecture and construction, which is reflected in the design. Salvaged wood is used for the floors, bar and decorations, and canvas drop cloths have been turned into curtains and employee aprons.
And in a touch Gannon thinks makes the restaurant more homey and comfortable, the tables, chairs, silverware and dishes are purposely mismatched.
"It reminds me a little bit of when we'd go to my grandma's place for Christmas, when the kids would sit at one table and the adults at another," he said.
The menu is simple -- in the morning, customers get coffee -- black or with cream and/or sugar. There is no espresso machine. "Bites" are limited to oatmeal cookies, English muffins, bagels, muffins and pastries. The menu might expand, if customers request it.
At night, customers get a salad, and their choice of pasta and sauce. They can add a side of vegetables, meat or desserts.
A small stage is in the center of the 54-seat restaurant, where musical acts will be booked for live dinner performances about once a week. Gannon, who has a daughter studying music in college, is particularly interested in giving young artists a place to perform.
The Coffee Stop will be open from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Sunday; the Spaghetti Club will be open from 4 p.m. till closing Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Friday lunch hours are to be determined.
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