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Mongolian stir-fry chain opening in Augusta

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A Mongolian stir-fry restaurant that will let diners build their own dishes is opening soon in Augusta Exchange shopping center.

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Genghis Grill, a Texas-based chain, will fill a vacant, 4,200-square-foot building at 250 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway that was formerly occupied by Souper Salad. The grill is expected to open by the end of July or early August, said the restaurant’s public relations manager, Chiara Granado.

“Right now we’re in the construction phase,” Granado said. “We’re completely renovating it.”

The restaurant will feature a 7-foot circular grill where meals are cooked in front of customers after they choose from a variety of ingredients.

Granado said the Augusta business is one of a few Genghis Grill restaurants that will offer an extended menu for diners not wishing to build their own bowls. That menu will feature tacos in addition to Asian-inspired salads, wraps and skewers.

“We can cater to any kind of diet,” Granado said.

Between 30 and 50 full-time and part-time employees will be hired at the restaurant, Granado said.

The first Genghis Grill opened in 1998 in Dallas. There are now more than 100 of the restaurants across the U.S. and two in Georgia, near Atlanta.

Restaurant sites are typically picked in smaller cities, Granado said.

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bigj706
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bigj706 07/10/13 - 03:25 pm
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Another Gagillion eatery

Another Gagillion eatery coming to town let me know when a fun park comes to town.

countyman
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countyman 07/10/13 - 03:27 pm
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Augusta Exchange= edge city

I'm glad to see my reporting is paying off.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/10/13 - 03:38 pm
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countyman gets a lot of crud

countyman gets a lot of crud around this place, but he seems to know his stuff about these places getting built!
County?..about a week ago, you mentioned the lot being cleared beside the gas station (can't remember which one) on Wheeler Road. Have you found out what's going in there?
Also, when in the heck is the theater going to come in over by Costco?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/10/13 - 03:50 pm
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More Fun

It would be more fun if they would let diners cook their own kebobs over the grill.

I once ate at a restaurant in Columbia, Missouri, where the gimmick is that they had long charcoal grills coming from the walls. Your party would be seated at the table and drink, salad, and potato orders taken. Then the party would go to a glass-front refrigerated case where a butcher would help you pick out your raw steak. You could get it carved to any thickness. Then you and your party would go to the grill and each person would cook his steak while enjoying each others’ company. They had vent hoods over the charcoal grills to remove the carbon monoxide and the smoke. It was a good concept.

countyman
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countyman 07/10/13 - 04:48 pm
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Metro growth

I haven't found out anything new concerning the lot near Shell, but the Village Riverwatch will begin new construction in 2013.

Some of the new restaurants coming to the metro area.

South Augusta- Five Guys, 3 acre development near the new Walgreens
Grovetown- Applebee's
Evans- Jimmy Johns, Miyabi Jr
Aiken- Longhorn, Jimmy Johns, Shane's
North Augusta/Belvedere- Zaxbys
North Augusta- Marcos Pizza
Harrisburg- Cook Out
West Augusta- Genghis Grill, Texas Roadhouse

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/10/13 - 04:00 pm
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RocketServe

There was a similar restaurant, but I recall it as being on the expensive side and not particularly pleasant. I'm hoping this one will be a little more reasonably priced. After all, there are loads of Chinese restaurants around that are quite good and very inexpensive.

Also, some of your language is rather boorish and crude, not to mention arrogant.

Signed,
One of the Masses

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/10/13 - 04:02 pm
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LL, there was a place in

LL, there was a place in Atlanta themed that way and I really enjoyed it. They were busy during the time I went there (late 80's-early 90's), but didn't last more than a few years.

I suppose that for the price, people would rather just be served, and the novelty wore off. Probably some liability issues with the hot grill too.

triscuit
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triscuit 07/10/13 - 04:03 pm
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The food at Souper Salad was

The food at Souper Salad was gross, that is probably what did it in.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 07/10/13 - 04:10 pm
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Better watch it Fiat...
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You language could get your comment pulled, but then again you probably got offended and reported it. But I am commenting in Augusta GA paper website, so most good ole country folks cannot handle the harsh language that I so boorishly and crudely used with my arrogance of trying to convey humor.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 07/10/13 - 04:16 pm
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Diner cooking

I cook my own food at home. If I'm going out, I want someone else cooking FOR me. Isn't that the whole reason for going out?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/10/13 - 04:48 pm
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: )

;)

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/10/13 - 04:38 pm
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@Fiat

Pretty sure BamaMan was referring to the chain concept in Missouri and ATL mentioned by LL and itsanotherday.

Sure wish we could get away from so many chain restaurants. But the only place the local or unique ones seem to succeed is downtown or in random one-off locations. Everybody in the rest of the CSRA continues to flock to bloated chains. I'll take Whiskey Bar Kitchen, Farmhaus, Nacho Mama's and the others over them any day.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/10/13 - 04:47 pm
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Thanks, BDouglas

I didn't read it that way, but am removing the comment.

countyman
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countyman 07/10/13 - 05:04 pm
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Support local

Many great local options exist in downtown Aiken and the Surrey Center. Midtown/Summerville will probably become the next area to following this trend. The 5 O' Clock Bistro, Sheenhan's, Two Moms Cookies, Buona Caffe, etc.

I think the majority of new restaurants in the future coming to North Augusta are opening near exit 5/I-20. The address of the new address Zaxbys is 1035 Edgefield rd, and the Walmart shopping center is in the same general vicinity.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/10/13 - 05:08 pm
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Wow!!!

Another place to eat!!! This town is moving up!!! NOT!

rocketserve
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rocketserve 07/10/13 - 05:31 pm
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Born and raised
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Fiat, I was born in South GA and I grew up in Augusta and still frequent the area weekly. I can assure you that I not insulting you or any other Southerner, I was trying to use a play on words by combining mass and that other word that (Sean Moores pulled comment because of) to say that larger folks might like that place. Heck (the real word I wanted use might get me another scathing email from Sean),I am looking forward to trying that place, I love that type of food. Peace and love, peace and love...

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 07/10/13 - 06:20 pm
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I miss Soup-r-salad... or
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I miss Soup-r-salad... or however they spelled it. It wasn't gross when I went in there.. that area is close to my work and I eat way too much fast food, it was nice having them there. From what I have heard about this new place, it doesn't sound much different than Hibachi Grill

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corgimom 07/10/13 - 07:58 pm
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JustMyOpinion, I know who

JustMyOpinion, I know who Countyman is, and I know why he knows, but I can't say. I promised Sean I wouldn't tell who he is, and once when I asked Countyman a question about something, Sean took it down right away, because he said it was too identifying.

If you are on here for any length of time, JMO, you will find that Countyman could beat Secretariat, My Friend Flicka, and Mr. Ed to death simultaneously (all dead horses, you understand), once he posts something you will see it again...and again...and again. For a while his favorite was PF Chang and Apple and Sephora, right now it's Cookout and Starbucks.

He sees these new businesses as a sign that Augusta is booming, but it's not. The restaurant business in RC is extremely competitive and oversaturated. It's the riskiest business in Augusta to engage in, and he never wants to talk about the businesses that fail.

And what we keep trying to tell him, and what doesn't sink in, is that there is only so much disposable income in Augusta, when a new restaurant opens, another restaurant closes. I predict that when Cookout opens in Harrisburg, at least one downtown restaurant will close.

Augusta's growth is very small, and there just aren't enough people to support all these restaurants.

So, take what he says with a canister of salt.

He means well, but then he gets carried away, but he's been the source of a lot of the humor on here, and that's why his posts are so much fun to read.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/10/13 - 09:22 pm
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Anybody remember the name of

Anybody remember the name of the short lived Mongolian stir-fry Restaurant that was in the building where Sticky Fingers is?

Edit.. I think the former name was Stool Pidgeons.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/10/13 - 08:21 pm
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A new Family Dollar recently

A new Family Dollar recently opened in Belvedere.... Film at 11...

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/10/13 - 08:49 pm
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Been there, done that

There was a very similar place in the building now occupied by Sticky Fingers in the Target shopping center that flopped very rapidly just a few years ago.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/10/13 - 09:18 pm
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Wasn't it

Don Pablo's too?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/10/13 - 09:24 pm
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Don Pablo's Augusta had the

Don Pablo's Augusta had the same address...

Relocated
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Relocated 07/10/13 - 10:40 pm
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There is a similar place

There is a similar (excellent) place is Bethesda, MD.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/11/13 - 12:12 am
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corgi - “And what we keep

corgi - “And what we keep trying to tell him, and what doesn't sink in, is that there is only so much disposable income in Augusta, when a new restaurant opens, another restaurant closes. I predict that when Cookout opens in Harrisburg, at least one downtown restaurant will close.
Augusta's growth is very small, and there just aren't enough people to support all these restaurants. “

Nothing new here. It is the same in every city and burb around the country. Restaurants happen to be the most in opening businesses but also the most in failing businesses. Probably the most cut throat and hardest of businesses to succeed in, while also being one of the easiest businesses to succeed in if you have “a thing”.

Souper Salad was a great concept, that just didn't take off. Many reasons for this, not the least being the inferior food.

I'll give the Mongolian a try, if I like it, I'll try it again. If it follows the typical life of a restaurant, they will start out good. Then as the reality of an over-saturated market starts to set in, they'll start cutting cost wherever they can. The first and second being with decent employees and quality of food.

A wicked circle, because as quality of service and food starts to drop, so does business.

Eventually, unless The Mongolian, separates itself from the competition, we'll be talking about the new restaurant taking over this space sometime in 2014 or 2015.

proudgunowner
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proudgunowner 07/11/13 - 12:38 am
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Cookout
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I doubt that a Cookout restaurant will hurt any of the downtown businesses. It's a drive through (although a few of them do have indoor seating) that is similar to Checkers, except much better and they feature about 40 flavors of milk shakes. They are a family owned business based near Greensboro, NC and their prices are quite reasonable and the food has always been good. I travel quite a bit and eat at Cookout at least once a week. The nearest to Augusta are in Orangeburg and Sumter, SC.

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 07/11/13 - 01:20 am
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Bd's was the name of the old place

Souper Salad was good at first then they became gross. Just like Ryans they went down hill. Genghis Grill is AMAZING! I ate at the one in Greenville, SC and Memphis, TN and they are much more reasonably priced than the former BD's that used to occupy Sticky Fingers. BD's was a great concept but their restaurants were way to large and the overhead was too much. They flopped in Charlotte, NC also and Greenville, SC as well as most all of their locations in the early 2000's so it wasn't just Augusta not supporting it that dismissed it. Genghis is taking BD's strength's and they will be a huge success. Tin Drum, Barberittos, Lime Lite, Tutti Frutti, Romas Pizza, Panera and ABC do great ant the move theater will make this a perfect location. Nationally successful restaurants like P.F. Changs do great in Augusta and the restaurants that fail here are usually struggling nationally.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/11/13 - 06:37 am
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Countyman called it ahead of time.

May be the AC should hire him to write a small column on things going on in Augusta. (Seriously).

I still however, look toward to the day when ARC starts reinvesting in SOUTH of Gordon Highway and/or South of Bobby Jones.

Starting with Regency Mall conversion or demolition.
I'd paid for front row tickets to see it imploded.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/11/13 - 06:44 am
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I ate a steak joint like that
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I ate a steak joint like that in Arkansas. GIANT steaks. You could order an extra salad an baked potato on the cheap and split the steak. Tons of options to season the steaks. Sort of a mass party at the grill as all the patrons mixed and were brought their drinks while grilling the steaks. They'd cook it for you for $1.00 extra, but that'd take a lot of the fun out of it. I had a 36 ounce Porterhouse, my favorite since it's 2 steaks in one. No I didn't share. I like my steak walking rare so I can redo leftovers at home and still have a decent steak. J.D.'s Cow Shed, or something like that was it's name. Fun, and a darned good steak. It's hard to beat a giant real Porterhouse that has big fillet still on it. Too many places trim it too fine and you're pretty much just getting a N.Y. Strip with a piece of fillet. Thanks for bringing that up. Good memory. I liked that place and, as you can tell, I really liked that steak.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/11/13 - 06:52 am
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At least this place is
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At least this place is something different. Overpriced wings and chicken fingers (I thought they only had toes) are everywhere. I'm willing to give it a try.

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