Former Macon restaurant at Northside, Forest Hill comes down

A building that once housed three separate restaurants at the corner of Northside Drive and Forest Hill Road in Macon -- vacant for more than 10 years -- is gone.

Beaches Grill & Bar was the first restaurant in the building at 4001 Northside Drive. It was open one year, closing in 1998. Another owner opened Beaches of Macon in spring 2002, but it closed within six months. In January 2003, Jeneane Barber and her sister, Abby Gordon, opened a seafood restaurant there called Jeneane’s at Northside. It was open a little more than a year before it closed in April 2004, and it has remained vacant.

The 5,000-square-foot building featured a large outdoor deck.

The building fell into disrepair, said real estate broker Art Barry with Coldwell Banker Commercial Eberhart & Barry. He originally sold the property to Barber and Gordon, and he resold it shortly after he listed it again in February.

Perlis Realty LLC in Cordele, which owns the adjacent shopping center with a Food Depot, bought the parcel.

The company began tearing down the building this weekend.

“The highest and best use of that property is not that restaurant,” said Lee Perlis, operating manager and developer with Perlis. “Forest Hill is being widened, and that Food Depot is doing great. We own the balance of the center, so we thought it would be good to control that and at least determine what goes there.”

The site is for sale, lease or redevelopment, Perlis said.

“Anything anybody wants to do we are open to speak to them about it,” he said.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.