"I thought it was a good market and a good location within that market," said owner Chris Sullivan. "We were looking for good spots, and this became available. We did our research and thought that maybe Augusta could use a Carolina Ale House."
This is Carolina Ale House's 14th restaurant. Sullivan has a license agreement with the restaurant chain, which started in Raleigh, N.C., in 1999.
Sullivan owns two Carolina Ale House restaurants in Columbia and started building another location in Greenville, S.C., on Tuesday. He also owns Alpine Bagel Cafe, which operates on college campuses across the country.
Carolina Ale House is "a sports-themed family restaurant," Sullivan said. It has a full menu every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., including burgers, chicken wings, fish, steak and ribs. Carolina Ale House also has a full bar with 40 beers on tap.
"It's a fun, casual atmosphere where people can come out to have a good meal, watch a ball game or relax after work," Sullivan said.
Sullivan has hired 140 employees at the restaurant. He said he received 1,400 job applications.
"We've had several mock services over the last couple of days in trying to get our staff ready," he said.
Sullivan said he completed major renovations on the 7,800-square-foot former location of Tony Roma's restaurant in Augusta Exchange.