Paine College students not only have a new place to unwind, they also have a laboratory to learn about business.
Three Paine business management students opened Da Spot Bar & Grill in June at 1719 Laney-Walker Blvd., across from the campus. They saw an entertainment gap of sorts and jumped at the chance to fill it.
"Hopefully, we'll be opening up Da Spots all over the country one day," said co-founder Micah Troy.
But he admits that running a club without experience has been challenging.
"It's a big step," he said. And the faculty has been helpful. "We got a lot of support from them, us being students and all."
Owners Kendrick Davis, Franklin Shaw and Mr. Troy set up shop in the building that had housed the Club Champion some years ago. Inside, the subdued lighting, big-screen television and pool table offer students a relaxed atmosphere.
Since classes began Aug. 25, students have had to enjoy the music and conversation with only soft drinks. But the Augusta Commission recently granted a liquor license to Da Spot, allowing it to serve beer, wine and mixed drinks starting late this month, a spokesman said.
When the drinks start flowing, the bar will extend its hours to 9 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on the weekend. Until then, Da Spot opens from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Da Spot offers lunch and dinner with a menu that includes hot wings, Philly steak sandwiches, hamburgers and shrimp. There's a $3 cover charge for men on Saturday nights.
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.