Southern-style restaurant opening in former Shamrock pub

hgoodridge@macon.comApril 18, 2013 

PAYNE CITY -- The large chalkboard hanging on the brick wall outside the former Shamrock restaurant in Payne City reads, “Thanxs 4 the great memories!”

Business partners Jerry Jennings and Paul Findlay are hoping to create some new memories there in the coming months.

With a tentative opening date of mid-May, the men are introducing a new restaurant called Twang: Southern Tastes and Sound.

The popular Shamrock pub closed in November 2012 after 17 years.

The location was the perfect opportunity for Jennings and Findlay, who are not strangers to the restaurant business. Jennings, from Macon, was part of a group that opened Locos pub in Milledgeville, and Findlay is the former owner of the Velvet Elvis Supper Club, also in Milledgeville.

“When I heard this place was going to be available, I got in touch with the property owner,” Jennings said. He then called Findlay, who wasn’t that keen on the idea until Jennings told him the location is the former Shamrock.

Findlay responded, “I’ll be there tomorrow.”

Findlay, who is from Warner Robins, said it had been a couple of years since he visited the Shamrock.

“I’ve always admired the structure. ... When Jerry told me (it was available), I wanted to look at the building,” he said.

Contractors have been working there for about two and a half months. The kitchen has been completely renovated, and hand-milled timber lines portions of the wall in the dining room.

Twang will feature outdoor seating on the restaurant’s front patio and in the courtyard. The former Shamrock game room, located off the courtyard, is being renovated into a second bar.

Jennings won’t reveal his menu yet, because the buzz surrounding Twang has already hit the streets and he has heard other restaurants around town are adding more Southern dishes as a result, he said, smiling.

“I want something with price points everyone can afford,” he said. “We’re going to use food we grew up on.”

Diners will not only be able to enjoy Southern food at Twang, but the restaurant also will feature live music.

“With the rich tradition of music (in Macon), we’re going to feature local artists,” Jennings said.

The venture is special to Jennings from a business perspective, but the location is close to his heart for another reason.

Last year at Bragg Jam, he met a woman at Shamrock. They ended up getting married. Tori Degraw Jennings, his wife, is also a partner in the business.

To contact writer Harold Goodridge, call 744-4382.

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