Eateries combine; hours now full time

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Glen Brinson now has one full-time restaurant in downtown Augusta.

The restaurateur and his wife, Cassandra, had two locations in downtown Augusta: Cafe 209 at 215 10th St. and 209 Music Lounge on the River at 4 Eighth St. Their businesses took a major hit when customers cut back on eating out as the recession began.

"Paying rent in two spots, light bills and gas bills can become expensive. At one time, business was pretty much cut in half, so I had to make a decision," Mr. Brinson said.

Of his nine years in business, last year was his worst, he said. He decided to close his lunchtime spot on 10th Street and open full time on Eighth Street, which was previously open only evenings.

209 Music Lounge on the River will be open seven days a week, starting April 1.

"Sometimes it's hard to move from an old location to a new location and have business stay afloat. It took about three days, and we had pretty much our normal crowd," he said. "It's coming along really good."

Mr. Brinson combined the two staffs and added workers, bringing the total to 25 employees.

His 10th Street restaurant could hold 85 guests. The new location, which has a lounge and patio seating, can accommodate up to 200 people. The conference room holds an additional 100 to 150 guests.

"The food is like what Grandma cooked, good home cooking. Out of 15 different vegetables, only one comes out of the can," Mr. Brinson said.

The restaurant's dishes include chicken, ribs, pork chops, collard greens, lima beans and field peas. Desserts include peach cobbler, banana pudding and cakes.

The restaurant got its name from its original address, 209 10th St.

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.

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katiecaroline
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katiecaroline 03/26/09 - 02:55 am
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I can't wait to take the

I can't wait to take the family straight from church to Cafe 209 ... what a welcomed choice we will have for Sunday lunch! But make no mistake, Cafe 209 is a great place to eat any day of the week ... and their new hours allow me to pick up dinner and take it home without having to 'go out' again. Glen and Cassandra, this is a great move on your part, and a most welcomed one, too!

pofwe
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pofwe 03/26/09 - 06:09 am
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katie, they won't accept WIC

katie, they won't accept WIC cards, so sorry. Go to Gurley's. :-) jest joshin'. They'll probably accept WIC. Not! Oops I did it again. I must quit this 'fore I makes you mad.

dr1010
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dr1010 03/26/09 - 08:19 am
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What is the light bill?

What is the light bill?

soldout
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soldout 03/26/09 - 08:35 am
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It is the best food in the

It is the best food in the Southeast. They don't cover their food with seasonings to hide poor quality food as many places do. The quality is there and the taste is naturally there.

WClark40
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WClark40 03/26/09 - 11:34 am
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There food and service are

There food and service are impeccable.One of downtown Augusta's Gems. Keep up the good work Glenn and cassandra!!!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/26/09 - 02:00 pm
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Love Cafe 209 and am glad to

Love Cafe 209 and am glad to have more hours. I know Sandwich City isn't sad about this move.

Good Times
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Good Times 03/26/09 - 09:36 pm
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The Brinsons are good people

The Brinsons are good people who are fighting the powers that be that run "good ole Augusta." They have beaten the odds by providing good food and entertainment, which is seriously lacking for a CERTAIN DEMOGRAPHIC, in a supposedly progressive thinking town. What a joke this town is. Keep the fight Brinsons. We will continue to support you.

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 03/26/09 - 09:49 pm
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Sandwich City is overrated,

Sandwich City is overrated, IMO.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 03/26/09 - 11:56 pm
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Eighth Street location is not

Eighth Street location is not too convenient.

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