An iconic downtown Augusta restaurant building could be the location for an expansion of the culinary arts program for Augusta Technical College.
Local businessman and entrepreneur Peter Knox IV donated the D. Timm building, 548 Ellis St., to the Augusta Technical College Foundation.
This is the building with the big blue horse. As a matter of fact, the last restaurant that operated in the building was called Blue Horse Bistro & Jazz Club. It closed in August 2011 after being in business less than a year.
The paperwork transferring the property to the college foundation was completed on Dec. 20, officials just revealed. The city says the property’s market value is $890,000.
What better way to train a culinary staff than with your own restaurant? And that is what Augusta Technical College President Terry Elam is thinking.
“We were intrigued with the idea of expanding our culinary arts program for our advanced culinary students to the downtown area. An actual restaurant would be the perfect venue for our students to both intern and work on improving their skill set. I envision our students utilizing the facility several times a month to serve their cuisines to the public,” he said.
Foundation director Beverly Peltier said the building is in good shape, but there’s some red tape to plow through before the college will know when it would start using the historic building.
“We have assured Mr. Knox that the iconic blue horse will remain prominently displayed. We couldn’t imagine the building without the horse,” she said.
Worth noting: This is the third downtown property that Knox has donated in the last four years – the Miller Theater on Broad Street and Jessye Norman School of the Arts on Greene Street being the other two.