Because it's easier to pour a pitcher than slow-roast ribs, the downtown barbecue restaurant, Treybon, has turned into a full-time bar and dropped its restaurant menu.
Last weekend, owners reopened the location at 1285 Broad Street under the name PourHouse Pub & Games.
Manager Steve Cannon said Treybon Holdings Inc. continues to own the business, but he said the extra costs and hassle of dealing with a full-time restaurant drove the desire to change.
"We decided we could make more money in the bar business and with less trouble," he said. "We knew that we wanted to change the name and have a new grand opening."
With a seating capacity of 585, happy hour specials, pool tables, a music stage and plans for an indoor volleyball court, the business has made a full transition from restaurant to bar.
The Treybon barbecue is still cooked for private receptions and post-game parties for the Augusta Lynx hockey team, but the rest of the menu has been scaled down to bar samplings.
Mr. Cannon, who took a leave of absence from his job at the Delta Air Lines call reservation center, became involved with PourHouse because of his longtime friendship with Treybon's primary owner, Dan Troutman.
This is the third name for the location in two years since a Superior Court judge allowed alcohol to be sold there after the county tried to bar a liquor license because of the location's proximity to Curtis Baptist Church.
Treybon, which was located on Reynolds Street, took over the leased space from Off Broadway Dine & Dance when it folded a few months after winning the case for its alcohol and entertainment licenses.
So far, Mr. Cannon said, he has not heard anything from Curtis Baptist, which two years ago led the fight for the city to deny liquor and entertainment licenses for the location.
Curtis Baptist pastor Mark Harris said he did not know Treybon had turned into a full bar but said he did not expect to rehash the opposition.
"There isn't a great deal for Curtis to do since that license was granted to Broadway," he said. "Once a license is granted at a location, it's pretty much just a formality. That's why we took a strong stand when we did."
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