New restaurant comes to town
by Laura Camper
May 06, 2013 | 2888 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Right now, deer heads, stuffed birds, animal skins and antlers litter the building; but in three weeks, Jeff McGowan plans to open Father and Son Grill in what was the Rusty Spur restaurant on Burns Street.

The new restaurant will serve wings, burgers, steaks and pasta. It will offer live acoustic music, mostly country musicians, on Friday and Saturday nights, McGowan said after he slid out from under one of the bench seats he was working on. He believes the new restaurant will give people a reason to stay in Heflin on the weekends.

“I feel like everybody wants to leave town because there’s not enough choices,” McGowan said. “They’re not going to have to drive to Anniston. They’re not going to have to drive to Oxford. They can just stay here.”

McGowan is not a newcomer to Heflin; but he’s bounced around a bit. McGowan is from Spring Garden. He lived in Heflin for several years then moved to Bremen, Ga., and then back to Heflin. He left last year for an opportunity to open a restaurant with a friend in Rome, Ga. The restaurant, Brewhouse Music and Grill, opened in September 2012. But McGowan came back this month to open a restaurant here, closer to family.

“I got there and it was a little bit more involved than I was expecting,” McGowan said.

As a single father, McGowan needed help with his 10-year-old son and his son’s grandparents are here, he said. It seemed like the best place solution, he added.

So, he is selling his interest in the Rome-restaurant and opening a similar venue here. He’s bought seven televisions to mount on the walls of the new restaurant and hopes to draw a family crowd for the most part, McGowan said.

But after 10 p.m. on the weekends, the restaurant will offer live music for those who want to stay out later and have a good time, he added. McGowan and his partner in Georgia found the shift happened naturally around 9:30 p.m., he said. That’s when the families went home and the second wave of people came for the entertainment, McGowan said.

McGowan expects to hire about 15 people for the restaurant. The kitchen staff will be full-time while the servers will be part-time, he said. He’s already accepting applications at the restaurant now although the grand opening won’t be until May 24. McGowan’s also waiting for his application for a liquor license to be reviewed by the Heflin City Council. The City Council has scheduled a public hearing about the liquor license for the next meeting on May 14.

Staff writer Laura Camper at 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
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