From fine dining to fast casual, several restaurants are preparing to open in 2022 in Macon, Warner Robins and Perry.
Food ranges from steaks and seafood to dishes from a variety of cultures to Jersey-style sub-sandwiches and southern fried chicken.
Some companies are due to open soon. Other restaurants are still out for a few months.
Here is a list:
Baldinos – Maconites and franchise owners Andy and Jan Clark are bringing Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs back to downtown Macon this spring. Known for its Jersey-style subs, the restaurant will be located at 596 Cherry Street on the corner of Cherry Street and Second Street on the first floor of the building that houses the Barfield Lofts. The Clarks are also considering opening two more locations, one in Macon and the other in Warner Robins, after their first place went live. A Baldinos was once located on the corner of Walnut Street and Spring Street in the building that now houses the 3 Countries Restaurant on 195 Spring Street.
The loom – This street-level, chef-run restaurant is located in Hotel Forty Five, a 94-room boutique hotel on 401 Cotton Ave. in downtown Macon, which opens in February. The renovated historic skyscraper also has a rooftop bar on the sixth floor and an eclectic coffee and wine bar.
Zam Zam Market – Rashid “Ricky” Humayun and Shazia Choudhary are transforming a former shoe shop into a Pakistani market that will house a restaurant, grocery store, fresh meat market and shisha lounge on 1560 Eisenhower Parkway. They hope to open in the first or second week of January if everything goes according to plan. The restaurant serves Pakistani, Indian, Mediterranean and American cuisine.
SL sausage company – An upscale country store selling meat, produce, wine, and beer comes to the northwest corner of the intersection of Bass, Zebulon, and Foster Streets. The store is also said to have a hot bar for breakfast and lunch.
Sonny’s BBQ Dirt was turned on 5811 Zebulon Road in front of the Zebulon Lofts for the 4,700 square foot restaurant known for its signature barbecue meat that is slowly cooked over oak. No official word yet about when the opening is expected.
Fatty’s pizza – This popular pizza place, still open at its original location at 344 Second St. in downtown Macon, is expected to move to its new location at 587 Cherry St. in mid-January. A sandwich shop is to be housed on the vacated area.
Flavorz2 – Daaiyah Sultan is bringing an LGBTQ coffee shop and lounge to downtown Macon at 368 Second Street, the former Bodega grocery and convenience store location. She has her own brews and flavored tobacco that is used in shisha pipes.
Cake ‘n Shake – Vincent and Lakeisha Clayton of McDonough are opening a second location in their family-run Middle Georgia dessert shop serving “extreme milkshakes” at Tobesofkee Crossing, 5581 Thomaston Road, Suite 100. They were hoping to open by December, but let’s look at spring 2022. Their other locations are in Warner Robins and Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove.
Fresco Italiano – Christian Torres is bringing a second location of his popular family run restaurant in Tifton to Warner Robins, transforming the former Ole Times Country buffet area into a casual, fine-dining Italian restaurant on 1208 Russell Parkway. Torres said he hoped to open in April or March. “We’re 90% ready,” he said.
Walk On’s – This Cajun eatery with ties to NFL legend Drew Brees is slated to open in Warner Robins at Rigby’s Entertainment Complex this summer. The restaurant franchise advertises its Louisiana cuisine prepared from the ground up and the family-friendly atmosphere on game day.
Jacks – Jack’s Family Restaurants, known for their southern hospitality and fresh buttermilk biscuits made from scratch, are expected to open a Warner Robins location at 1284 South Houston Lake Road this spring.
Chick-fil-A– After nearly 30 years on 1867 Watson Boulevard, this popular restaurant, known for its chicken sandwiches, is moving to a larger store that is now on 621 Russell Parkway on property that was once a bank across from the Five Star Hyundai housed. The restaurant is scheduled to open in spring 2022.
McAlisters Deli Known for its sandwiches, soups, salads, and spuds, this fast-casual restaurant chain is slated to have a 2,985 square foot eatery with a driveway at 760 Ga. 96 adjacent to Fazoli’s in Warner Robins in the community early to mid-year Open Bonaire. 2022.
Huey Magoos – This national chicken tender restaurant chain plans to open a Warner Robins location at 711 Lake Joy Road within the first half of the year. The first Huey Magoo’s in Middle Georgia was opened in Milledgeville, North Columbia St.
Oliver Perrys – Eddie Bryant and his nephew Pete Lamendola are opening a new gourmet restaurant and bar on 905 Carroll St. in downtown Perry. The restaurant is expected to open in late January or early February.
Stoner’s Pizza Joint – Matthew Howard and Eric Schultz Team Up to Bring an Old Fashioned-Style Family-Friendly Restaurant to 742 Main St. Howard, who already owns two Stoner’s at Warner Robins, said he will keep the same name for all three restaurants. The Perry location will be an old-school pizzeria with a style and look all of its own.
Commodore building – A first-floor restaurant and three short-term loft apartments are planned for this two-story building under construction at 904 Commerce St. in downtown Perry. Owner Meredith Lockerman expects the project to come into effect in the first quarter of 2022.
Chick-fil-A – After operating at 1600 Sam Nunn Blvd. For nearly 30 years, Perry’s Chick-fil-A has also been moving to a larger, updated, and more accessible eatery currently under construction at 1363 Sam Nunn Boulevard west of Interstate 75. The restaurant is expected to open in spring 2022.
‘Orleans on Carroll St. – This restaurant expects to bring a taste of the Big Easy to downtown Perry, with its southern cuisine with a Cajun twist and the distinctive New Orleans elements that run through the place. The restaurant, bar and grill, and large outdoor courtyard is expected to open at 807 Carroll Street in early 2022.
If you’re opening a Middle Georgia restaurant in 2022 and would like to be included or considered for a separate story, please email Telegraph reporter Becky Purser at [email protected]