published Monday, January 24th, 2011

Roy’s Grill officially open to the public

by Andy Johns
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    Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Jan 24, 2011 - Monday afternoon Dana Davis eats a hamburger from Roy's Grill, in Rossville, Ga. Today was the first day of business for the redesigned, diner themed restaurant.

ROSSVILLE, Ga. — Roy’s Grill officially opened to the public at 6 a.m. this morning and was standing room only by noon.

Diners ate and reminisced about the restaurant’s history while the staff worked feverishly to keep up with the demand for waffles, burgers and chicken salad sandwiches.

“I remember when Roy used to stand right there,” said Hearshel Dixon, 74, of Rossville, as he waited for a ham sandwich. “It’s a little different, but it looks good.”

Troy Potter, whose father Wayne had the idea to redo the restaurant, located right across the state line on U.S. 27, said they open the place up for invitation-only guests over the weekend and got a glimpse at the demand for onion rings and Roy’s burgers.

“We were busting at the seams,” he said.

The diner sits about 44 customers at a time.

The Potters bought the building from the City of Rossville for $50,000 in October and city leaders see its reopening as a key to revitalizing downtown.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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dave said...

Revitalize Rossville ? It's more like raising the dead. If they want to revitalize Rossville the first thing to do is kick out all the pawn-shops and Lotto ticket outlets. Then MAYBE some legit business will move back in. As it stands right now it is the scruffy back side of Georgia and a place to be avoided.

January 24, 2011 at 3:36 p.m.
GARRS said...

Note to dave, this is the impact your textile giants have brought on. You all spouted "i know its wrong but I have to have a job" untill they have run everyone else out or bought them out of business, and even crippled people who they discarded in their efforts to gain wealth.

They installed new machines, and computerized equipment, and now those lost paychecks are in the now deeper corporate pockets.

There is no industrial loss. There ARE regional controls. This is exactly what I think when I drive through your town and see the beggars on the roadside trying to sell used up items.

January 24, 2011 at 5:21 p.m.
RS said...

The rumor is that Rossville City paid over a hundred thousand for the property to keep Les Coffee from buying it. He's the proud owner of our monument to child slavery, the Peerless mill, and hasn't paid taxes on the property since he's owned it. Then the city turns around and sells Roy's for $50,000 to Wayne Potter and they throw in a parking area. Mr. Potter who also owns an apartment building on James St. got the sweetheart of all deals. If you should go to Roy's (something I won't do) ask for the Rossvile taxpayer discount, I'm pretty sure the Mayor and City Counsil eat for free.

January 24, 2011 at 6:11 p.m.
cc333 said...

@Dave:I recently moved to this area & bought a house near Rossville...I think Rossville's downtown area is nice & there is a mix of businesses.It's much preferable to Fort O's sprawling chain stores & Rossville Blvd.'s trashiness north of Rossville. Also last time I looked there is a total of 2 pawn shops near downtown & 1 lotto ticket "outlet"(which I guess aren't legitimate businesses in your book).

January 24, 2011 at 6:46 p.m.
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