Macon restaurateur Cesare Mammarella is planning to open two new businesses in downtown Macon.
Mammarella plans to open Yabu Sushi in about two weeks in the former Kashmir lounge at 496 Second St. And this fall he plans to open Emerson Ballroom in the former Asylum Night Club at 543 Plum St. He closed Kashmir and Asylum this spring.
For Yabu Sushi, Mammarella said he has hired a sushi chef from Atlanta and one from Savannah. The menu “will have some edgy stuff, some unique salads,” he said. “We are just trying to be different from other sushi restaurants in town. ... And we are developing a beverage list with infused sake.”
He expects to hire about eight people for the restaurant, which will seat about 40 people, he said. People will be hired as needed for events at the ballroom.
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The asphalt parking lot next to the ballroom has been ripped out.
“We’ve put European cobblestone down, sod, a fountain, hedges and trees,” he said. “We made a green space where we will be able to have ceremonies and parties outside as well as inside. It’s all one level. ... I’m excited to finally do with it what I wanted to do with that (space).”
The ballroom will be able to serve about 300 people, Mammarella said.
His HotPlates Restaurant Group also owns Barefoot Tavern, Ginger Stir-Fry & Grill, Tic Toc Room and Brasserie Circa.
Ginger has done so well that Mammarella plans to open other locations and is considering locations at Bass Road, Zebulon Road, near Robins Air Force Base and on Clayton Street in Athens, he said.
“I would like to have one lease signed by the end of the year,” he said.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.