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Tin Drum Asia Cafe franchise opens in Augusta

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Tin Drum Asia Cafe has opened a franchise in Augusta Exchange.

Franchise owner Jon­athan Schinelli, who has owned three Tin Drum Asia Cafe franchises in Atlanta, said he decided to open an Augusta location because he no longer wanted to commute to Atlanta. His wife attended Medical College of Georgia and is finishing her residency there, so his family now lives in the Augusta area.

He opened the restaurant on Agerton Lane across from Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 movie theater because it is a high-traffic area, he said.

“If you read the statistics, the traffic on this little road is actually incredible,” Schinelli said. “I have several restaurants near movie theaters, so I know the foot traffic that generates. (The space) was also a Chinese restaurant beforehand, so I didn’t have to do as extensive buildouts. A lot of the plumbing and other stuff was done that I needed.”

Schinelli completed some renovations on the 1,300-square-foot space, which seats 24. The restaurant has 10 employees.

He said he might open more franchises in the future.

Tin Drum Asia Cafe specializes in Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine.

“We try to offer a higher level of quality for Asian food without charging too much for that product,” Schinelli said. “We put emphasis on quality instead of quantity.”

The restaurant serves all-natural chicken, organic tofu and fresh vegetables, he said.

Tin Drum Asia Cafe offers delivery and catering, Schinelli said.

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SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 08/24/12 - 05:11 pm
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Awesome!

After discovering this little gem of a restaurant not long ago, I am eating there several times a week! Can't get enough of their stuff!

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/25/12 - 07:22 am
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decor and atmosphere are a

decor and atmosphere are a bit spartan but the food and service is stunning!

jackrussell
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jackrussell 08/25/12 - 07:11 pm
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Sounds like I need to try

Sounds like I need to try this place. Do they offer pho?

avidreader
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avidreader 08/26/12 - 09:13 am
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Excellent!

I was surprised at the quality of the food. I expected the same-ole fast food mentality, but Tin Drum has stepped it up a few paces. Do not judge the place by its spartan (thanks omnomnom) interior.

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