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Augustan to revive Green Jacket Restaurant, open golf retail store

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It was Carl Lenderman’s fond memories of the famed Green Jacket Restaurant that gave him the idea to revive the concept.

The Augusta transplant, who would stop in the eatery on business trips until it closed in the mid-1990s, decided in 2007 that he’d acquire rights to the brand and trademark through the Georgia Secretary of State.

Lenderman said he expects to open a restaurant and retail store by the fall.

“It just seemed like it’s a better risk-reward situation now than it was the last five years or so,” Lenderman said. “With the economy being so bad, I was just going to wait until a good time so I could go ahead and get those businesses going.”

Lenderman, who once operated two Raising Cane’s restaurants in the metro area, is now in the process of combing the area for the right location for both business ventures.

For the restaurant, Lenderman is eying sites in Evans and in Augusta on Washington Road. He said his version of the Green Jacket Restaurant will be “updated” but very similar to its namesake.

Ideally, Lenderman would like to find a spot near the original Green Jacket establishment, across from the Augusta National Golf Club. The restaurant, open in Augusta from the mid 1970s until 1994, was famous for its salads, prime rib and seafood, Lenderman recalled.

Lenderman, who has 30 years in the restaurant industry, said his work as senior vice president for Waffle House led him to travel throughout the Southeast.

“Every time I visited here, I’d always go to the Green Jacket Restaurant,” Lenderman said. “The food was great and the salads were really their calling card.”

Lenderman said his love of golf sparked his plan for the retail store, which would carry golf apparel, equipment and training tools.

For that venture, he’s considering locations in the Washington Crossing shopping center near Interstate 20, which will house the future Whole Foods Market, or near Berckmans Road.

Lenderman said he’d like to open another restaurant and store in 2015. He’s also offering franchise opportunities to anyone interested in opening either business in other cities.

In two or three years, Lenderman said he’d like to start distributing Green Jacket gourmet coffee and wine as well as develop a golf resort-style inn.

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Butterman 04/07/14 - 07:28 pm
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Evans location would have a much better chance of sustaining business year round and not just week of The Masters

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restguy 04/08/14 - 02:39 am
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Good Luck....

Hope he has the recipe for the Green Jacket salad....

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ReleehwEoj 04/08/14 - 06:29 am
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Rae's serves a pretty close

Rae's serves a pretty close approximation - I bet Walter will give it up...

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bdouglas 04/08/14 - 07:45 am
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Wonder why he ever closed

Wonder why he ever closed Raisin' Canes if he's still in the restaurant biz? I know plenty of people who still lament that day.

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triscuit 04/08/14 - 09:36 am
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Rasin' Canes was no big deal,

Rasin' Canes was no big deal, chicken fingers and fries. The recipe for Green Jacket Salad is easily found. Rae's Coastal has the closest to the old one and it's great...as is the rest of that restaurant. Unless he is selling Augusta National/Masters merchandise, which he won't, I don't see selling golf equip a big deal.

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Barry Paschal 04/08/14 - 04:28 pm
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Green Jacket salad

The recipe for the Green Jacket salad is in the first Tee Time at the Masters cookbook by the Junior League of Augusta.

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corgimom 04/08/14 - 07:37 pm
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What page is it on, because I

What page is it on, because I have that cookbook, and I can't find it anywhere. The copy that I have was the sixth printing, done in 1981, and I received it in 1982.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/08/14 - 07:40 pm
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But here it is, I found it

But here it is, I found it online-
Green Onions
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tomato, chopped
1 Cucumber, chopped (optional)
2 teaspoons seasoning salt
2 teaspoons accent
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon fresh parsley
Pita Bread Croutons (Plain)
1/2 head of lettuce

Since all of you know how to make salads, I don't need to print the directions.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/08/14 - 07:42 pm
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Note: as many of you know,

Note: as many of you know, accent was MSG plus a couple of other ingredients, and a lot of people can't tolerate it. I don't even know if it's carried anymore.

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corgimom 04/08/14 - 07:46 pm
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But I had to laugh, looking

But I had to laugh, looking through the pages there are lots and lots and lots of Jello salads. Remember those? Thank God they have pretty much gone out of style, same with tomato aspic.

Remember our mothers trying to get those salads out of those molds without them breaking into pieces, or sliding off the plate?

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Riverman1 04/08/14 - 09:54 pm
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Corgimom, is that the same

Corgimom, is that the same thing we got for school lunches? Bits of fruit in Jello? I think they still serve those abhorrent things in hospitals.

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