Diner opens on Walton Way

A new diner-style restaurant has opened on Walton Way near the medical district.

Kitchen 1454 owner Edward Mendoza took over the space formerly known as Bailie Street Grille. Mendoza named the restaurant after its street address, 1454 Walton Way.

“I’m a five-star chef, and this is the first time that I’ve ever had my own opportunity to run a diner. I thought that I could make a nice mix of it and run a diner with some qualities and techniques from a five-star restaurant,” Mendoza said. “We do everything from scratch. We use local farmers, local dairies. I’m trying to use as much local and fresh product as possible.”

He has five employees. Mendoza also runs his catering business, The Food Co., out of the Walton Way location.

Originally from Columbia County, Mendoza returned to the Augusta area from Dallas, where he taught at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and worked with several restaurants. He moved away to attend culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Colorado and worked in New York, Los Angeles and Florida before moving to Dallas.

The restaurateur said plans to open two to three additional restaurants in the area.

After Delta Sandwich Shoppe closed at 1208 Wilson St., Mendoza began leasing the space and planned to open his first restaurant there. However, the space requires extensive renovations, which are currently underway.

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