Originally created 12/29/00

Steakhouse plans Augusta locale



In a few months, nimble chefs with sharp knives will entertain diners at the newest Japanese restaurant in town.

Construction has begun on a Miyabi Japanese Steakhouse in Augusta West Plaza shopping center, located at Augusta West Parkway just off Bobby Jones Expressway.

The restaurant will go head-to-head with at least four other Japanese restaurants in the Augusta area, three of which are along Washington Road.

Under a multi-owner arrangement parented by Capital Japan Inc., the restaurant will be the 10th under the Miyabi name in the Southeast, a representative with the company said. The opening date has not been set but could be as early as February or March.

The company also owns 16 Kyoto Fantasy Express restaurants in the Southeast but is not affiliated with other local restaurants that have used the Kyoto name.

Tony Atkins, owner of Atkins & Associates Realty Co., brokered the deal in December 1999. The company took this year to develop the site plan. Set on 3.3 acres, the approximately 10,000-square-foot building will be among the most visible properties in Augusta West.

Mr. Atkins, who has handled the development of the shopping center on behalf of Amli Realty, said the restaurant will benefit from its choice location. Bobby Jones Expressway is among the most heavily traveled roads in the metro Augusta area.

"It's a great site," the real estate agent said. "It will probably get more exposure than any other place in Augusta."

Augusta West is largely developed and is positioned midway between August Exchange and the Augusta Mall.

Mr. Atkins said competition in both directions actually has been a good thing. "I think it has helped because it has brought more traffic to the area," he said.

Reach Eric Williamson at (706) 828-3904.