Carolina Ale House opens Wednesday

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Carolina Ale House opens today at 203 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway.

"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.

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countyman
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countyman 07/06/10 - 02:17 pm
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1,400 applications for a

1,400 applications for a restuarant in West Augusta... But some people were complaining about ERS bringing 400 jobs to West Augusta... Which had entry level, supervisor, and management jobs.. The management jobs making 100k at that...

I thought some posters said people wouldn't drive to West Augusta. From Mcduffie, Edgefield, Burke, Lincoln, Mccormick, etc to work at ERS.. It seems there willing to drive to West Augusta to work at Carolina Ale House. There is no way all those 1,400 applications came from Richmond, Aiken, or Columbia counties...

jb1234
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jb1234 07/06/10 - 02:18 pm
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140 employees at a

140 employees at a restaurant? that seems like overkill to me...

IMRIGHTYOUREWRONG
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IMRIGHTYOUREWRONG 07/06/10 - 02:23 pm
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Restaurants have extremely

Restaurants have extremely high turn-over rates. Probably half of the 140 will not even make it a month. So it is just smart planning to over-hire and let the strongest employees make a statement and last.

countyman
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countyman 07/06/10 - 03:30 pm
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Carolina Ale House is a huge

Carolina Ale House is a huge restaurant.... 140 employees isn't alot for them.

jb1234
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jb1234 07/06/10 - 04:06 pm
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countyman, it's not that big,

countyman, it's not that big, it's no bigger than any other average restaurant in the area. The Bass Pro shop that was SUPPOSED to come here was going to hire 200 people, and Bass Pro's are huge. I guess ImRight is right about the turn-over thing...

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Chillen 07/06/10 - 04:33 pm
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I'm just really happy that

I'm just really happy that businesses continue to want to open and do business in Augusta. A huge welcome to them and I will give the new restaurant a try the next time I go out.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 07/06/10 - 04:45 pm
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I will eat there next year,

I will eat there next year, when the line dies down a little.

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 07/06/10 - 07:39 pm
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As far as "chain" restaurants

As far as "chain" restaurants go Carolina Ale House has a decent beer selection--not just Miller Lite in a bottle that people around here go crazy over...

jb1968ga
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jb1968ga 07/07/10 - 01:07 am
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Welcome to Augusta, Mr.

Welcome to Augusta, Mr. Sullivan. We're glad you had enough confidence in our community to invest your hard-earned money. Good luck!

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steelermoose1 07/07/10 - 08:25 am
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This place is awesome!!! The

This place is awesome!!! The food was great, the atmosphere untouchable, and the management team was spot on. Kudos to Chris Sullivan and his team for a fresh idea and great place...Goodbye Indigo Joes...

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galaxygrl 07/07/10 - 10:07 am
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You would be surprised at how

You would be surprised at how many employees a lot of places have, especially if they are just opening or it is during the holiday season. The other thing is most are part time employees that may only be available certain hours or days so it takes more people to fill the shifts. Most of the shifts are probably four to six hour shifts, so you would need more staff.

abeecee
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abeecee 07/07/10 - 01:49 pm
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Getting out of that parking

Getting out of that parking lot (specially after enjoying a couple of brews) is going to be a bear! I hope GDOT finally puts in a signal at Rbt. Daniel Pkway in front of the old video store. I predict lots more wrecks.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/07/10 - 01:57 pm
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It's no problem getting out

It's no problem getting out of that parking lot, abeecee, if you are sober enough to turn right. If you try to turn left, you (and someone else) are toast. There is no need for a traffic light at a right-turn only exit.

RammaJamma
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RammaJamma 07/07/10 - 02:35 pm
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The one downtown columbia is

The one downtown columbia is pretty good. I think I am going to check this one out Saturday. I hope I am not disappointed

bone1
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bone1 07/07/10 - 02:55 pm
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just got back from lunch.

just got back from lunch. ordered fried pickle appetizer (prolly could use more breading), two burgers (both undercooked), and two beers (waiter couldn't find out whether or not they had one of our requested selections). not bad for a first day opening, so i'll go back - but i advise that you request a well-done burger until they are open longer

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/07/10 - 03:02 pm
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bone, what brand?.......I

bone, what brand?.......I getting thirsty.

jaschild
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jaschild 07/07/10 - 03:17 pm
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not bad for 1st day opening.

not bad for 1st day opening. i'm thrilled to see a restaurant stay open later than 9/10 in the area. great atmosphere, music at bearable volume, decent amount of tvs. food good except for some small miscues - which is to be expected 1st day. hope the waiters/waitresses get a handle on the beer selection or make list available to patrons. we will return.

dougk
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dougk 07/07/10 - 08:27 pm
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hint: Check out the menu
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hint: Check out the menu online before you go....same boring chain-restaurant fare...and overpriced for the quality of those cookie-cutter places.

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 07/07/10 - 09:01 pm
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The beer selection on the

The beer selection on the online menu looks good. I am not a big fan of chain restaurants. However, there are a lot of "local" restaurants around here that are way overrated--Rhineharts, French Market Grille, etc.

dougk
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dougk 07/07/10 - 09:16 pm
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For sure, you mention two of
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For sure, you mention two of them, downtownjag.

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 07/07/10 - 09:24 pm
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dougk, I'm not trying to

dougk, I'm not trying to trash these places but people around here put them on pedestals. I just don't get it.

dougk
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dougk 07/07/10 - 09:35 pm
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well, there's something there
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well, there's something there that people will patronize...and that's fine. I wasn't trying to trash the new restaurant either....I'm happy that it may lead to more jobs and more revenue for the community. I just wanted to warn people....that it's the same ol' stuff....but might be better. And, chain restaurants seem to thrive in Augusta....that's fine. I'll cook at home or take flight out when I'm lazy.

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 07/07/10 - 09:39 pm
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I think any city needs a

I think any city needs a mixture of chain and locally owned establishments.

TheOne
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TheOne 07/07/10 - 09:50 pm
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I must say this

I must say this Restaurant/Bar should do really well. My family were lucky to get in on the Soft Opening and it was great. Very eye appealing, lots of TV's, great service, treated like they cared, and lots of beer on tap. I agree with previous about the 2 restaurants mentioned...way way way over rated. Even though this is a chain, it feels more like a neighborhood bar & grill. We will return. Glad they are here,
You know....it doesn't matter what comes to Augusta, we will always have the naysayers because they are not happy with who they are.

Hope this place stays around a long time.

dougk
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dougk 07/07/10 - 10:27 pm
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i would assume that dig was
Unpublished

i would assume that dig was meant for me, TheOne. And it was a cheap shot. I am always excited when a new restaurant opens up in Augusta. And, if you like it...and other people like it....I hope it is around for a long time....as I think I inferred above. And, as I indicated above, I was only trying to inform others who may barrel down to Daniel C. Parkway as I almost did...to check the menu which is easily available online ahead of time. If it it looks good.....start barreling....and if the service is great as you say...even more reason to.

KSL
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KSL 07/07/10 - 10:03 pm
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dougk, you might want to

dougk, you might want to check your typing or use spell check. Or declare your keyboard unfit to post for a while.

dougk
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dougk 07/07/10 - 10:31 pm
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Thanks, KSL. I didn't
Unpublished

Thanks, KSL. I didn't proofread, obviously. I think it's fixed now. Why can't they load spellcheck on here?

KSL
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KSL 07/07/10 - 10:49 pm
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Dougk, download a toolbar

Dougk, download a toolbar like Google and add spellcheck. It will help.

KSL
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KSL 07/07/10 - 10:53 pm
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For example, it objected to

For example, it objected to spellcheck.

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Hatfield0278 07/09/10 - 02:19 pm
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I want to go on record as one

I want to go on record as one of the people who thinks that The French Market Grille is awesome. The crawfish etoufee and the seafood au gratin are two of my favorites. The only place I've had comparable is in the French Quarter in New Orleans (pre-Katrina).

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