Alcohol License OK for Tennis Center Hotel, Eggs Up Grill | Local News


The Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel next to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College is scheduled to open in early December.

The city’s Alcohol Control Commission unanimously approved the beer, wine and liquor distribution licenses for the facility.

License holder Christopher McGee said they plan to open around December 9 with a small bar and restaurant serving items like burgers and flatbreads.

The 80-room hotel next to the Armuchee connector is the product of a public-private partnership between Berry College and Marriott International.

Lisa Smith, executive director of the Rome Tourist Board in Georgia, said that before the pandemic, tennis tournaments regularly brought hundreds of people to the tennis center and tourist dollars to Rome.

“It’s been pretty thin with COVID-19,” Smith said. “With the spectators arriving, it depends. If it’s a youth tournament, we have a lot of spectators. It depends on the proximity and the type of age group.

As the numbers have declined due to the pandemic, spectators and tennis players will need a place to stay. The hotel will play a role in filling this void.

“It will help us keep our players in our community rather than being housed in other counties,” said Smith. “It will also be an asset for Berry. I am delighted that we will not be staying in other communities. This income that people bring as tourists will benefit Rome. “

♦ In other actions, the ACC has approved beer and wine packaging licenses for the new Raceway convenience store on Shorter Avenue which is slated to open in November.

Eggs Up Grill, a breakfast and lunch spot on Turner McCall Boulevard, has obtained a wine service license to serve mimosas.

The Tortaco Restaurant on Broad Street made a special entertainment request to allow the company to have drag shows, Latin dance events and big band jazz concerts several times a year.

The board of directors approved the drag show application, but told the owners that they would need an entertainment license if they wanted to present Latin dance and big band jazz performances as well.

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