Originally created 08/15/97

Wine and dine: The Lottery Cafe



Chuck Schafer takes a break from showing a visitor his original oil paintings in his new restaurant while he holds a toy poodle for a customer who is buying a lottery ticket. He is eager to explain the concept for the business because he said it is the only one of its type in Georgia.

The Lottery Cafe, 1116 Reynolds St., opened Aug. 2 with drawings and all the games offered by the Georgia Lottery. This week, he was to begin selling sandwiches and other foods from vending machines.

By the end of September, he hopes to be serving hot meals from a short-order restaurant in half of his business. Upstairs will be an apartment where his custodian will live.

Patrons can play the lottery while eating steak or breakfast foods, and toast their winnings with an eclair or specialty cakes. Waitresses will ferry lottery tickets to the cashier, and an announcer will celebrate the winners.

"What I'm trying to do is make it a place where I would like to go to play," Mr. Schafer said. "It's a fun business."

So far, he estimates his own lottery winnings at a little more than $7,000 this year, not counting profits from the restaurant.

If business continues as it has the first week, he plans to convert The Gold Mine Jewelry & Gifts, 2903 Washington Road, to another Lottery Cafe. The Gold Mine ranks as one of the Top 10 vendors for the Georgia Lottery, according to Mr. Schafer.

On Saturdays, the cafe holds hourly drawings for jewelry, toys, stereos and paintings by Mr. Schafer. Patrons have to be present to win.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

ANOTHER PUB: Pizza fans at Fort Gordon and in Grovetown are getting another Europa's Pizza and Sub. Owner Ken Compton is opening a second pub in October in the Advanced Individual Training Barracks at the fort.

It will be similar to his other pub in Ten Pin Alley, the fort's bowling center. He sells pizza, subs, wings, spaghetti, hamburgers and salads. Customers can eat in and watch television or play video games while the chow is in the oven.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed Sunday. Call 771-6909 for delivery on the fort or in Grovetown.

Know of a restaurant opening, closing, changing its menu or doing something special? Call Walter C. Jones at 823-3352 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or send a fax to him at (706) 722-7403.