Macon restaurateur opening Forsyth Road eatery

hgoodridge@macon.comJuly 25, 2013 


Macon restaurateur Cesare Mammarella puts some finishing touches on the interior of his new business, Brasserie Circa, on Forsyth Road.


Macon restaurateur Cesare Mammarella is getting close to opening his newest venture, Brasserie Circa.

Unlike his other businesses, Circa will not be located in downtown Macon.

The restaurant is opening in the Forsyth Station shopping center sandwiched between Jeneane’s at Pinebrook and the Casserole and Bakery Shop.

The location was formerly home to Greek Corner Pizza, which moved to Vineville Avenue last year.

“This is a good center to be in,” Mammarella said Thursday while putting the finishing touches on the restaurant’s interior. “There’s a lot of good energy in this shopping center.”

The dining room looks ready, and Mammarella said there’s not much left to do. But he has not set an opening date yet.

“I’m just waiting on permits,” he said.

Mammarella’s Hot Plates Restaurant Group also owns Tic Toc Room, Ginger Stir-Fry & Grill, Bearfoot Tavern and Kashmir, all of which are located downtown.

Circa will be casual dining, he said.

“It will be unique with its layout and décor. It’s going to be an American brasserie,” Mammarella said. “It’s going to appeal to a lot of different palates. We’ll have great steaks, some sushi, big sandwiches, salads.

“We’re trying to create a neighborhood bar where you can come in and grab a filet or lobster club.”

Price points will be from $12 to $28, and the restaurant, which will seat 80, will include a full bar and a private dining area for events.

“What I’m most excited about is Sunday brunch,” Mammarella said.

Tonya Sadler, co-owner of the Casserole and Bakery Shop, said the new restaurant is likely to bring in new business to her shop.

“Being exposed to somebody else’s crowd, that could help our business,” she said.

To contact writer Harold Goodridge, call 744-4382.

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