Grove Station soon to be downtown will offer a unique dining experience | News

Corrie Sid began investing in Tallassee when she first purchased The Guest House in 2018 and almost immediately began making great strides in building it into a new hostel and innovative event venue, but when the COVID pandemic -19 hit a year ago and as health guidelines warned against non-essential travel, she had to rethink those plans.

“When COVID hit, my world rocked, like everyone else,” Sid said. “I had submitted plans to the city to start work on The Guest House and all of a sudden no one could travel and stay in a hostel or hotel, at least not without risk. think, it’s gonna end soon, it’s not a big deal, but I was so wrong. It was a big deal, and it left a lasting impact on the whole world. One of the hardest hitting business concepts Affected was hospitality, both hotels and restaurants. I was planning to build both at The Guest House. What’s a girl gotta do? I just did what everyone else was doing , I paused on any planning concept, hunkered down at my home in California, and began the waiting process.

Sid, who is originally from Tallassee, stayed in touch with her intended business partners who didn’t want to wait out the pandemic, but rather adjust to it in a nearby town. Sid knew she had to act fast or she could lose them. She began looking for a way to bring that same business concept to the Tallassee area, with The Guest House still in mind, and that’s how Grove Station came to fruition.

“While I waited, my culinary partners for The Guest House, Chef Miguel Figueroa, and his amazing wife Mandy, who is a professional baker, weren’t that interested in waiting. They were thinking about new plans, they wanted open a market in Auburn. They were planning to serve baked goods and pre-packaged take-out items in a small, newly built retail complex. I knew if they opened that store in Auburn, I would lose them forever and they were the team I wanted to work with. Listening to their plans, I started to think more and more about their market idea and how great it would be if Tallassee could have something like that. I also had felt like The Guest House needed more businesses nearby if we had any chance of attracting people to stay the night As fate would have it 19 Sistrunk was on the market and I had an idea. The first thing I did was send Chief Miguel and Mandy a link to the building and said, “How about opening your market in this building, instead of Auburn?” drove Kami Scarborough, who was the estate agent for the property, and asked if we could tour the building. A whole section of my family and culinary team walked through the property, while I was on Facetime from California. Everyone thought it was a great property and a great idea. I closed the building in October 2020 and we immediately started to plan what was going to happen in the building. In January 2021, construction was underway,” she said.

The facility is a 5,000 square foot building spread over two floors.

“We have decided to create a butcher shop, bakery and business downstairs. We will sell fresh and marinated premium cuts of meat and seafood at the butcher shop and we will sell small treats from the bakery,” said sid.

During lunch hours, the butcher will serve hot deli-style sandwiches from the back grill. Guests will also be able to pre-order prepared meals from the smoker and grill to go, such as a weekday dinner for the family.

The bakery will offer personalized cakes, pies and cookies, including wedding and themed cakes.

The merchant will carry local products such as honey, jams, milk and yogurts, but also gourmet products such as local artisanal tea towels, serving dishes and cooking equipment.

“We also plan to sell selected whole-bottle wines and craft beers,” she said.

According to Sid, the real specialty of this new market is catering.

“We will provide external catering for events of any size, but we will also use our upstairs loft for private and organized events,” she said.

The upstairs portion of the facility is a 2,500 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bath loft-style apartment with a double island, chef’s kitchen and dining table that seats 12. The loft can also be rented for overnight stays.

“Our ultimate plan is to rent the space for private dining as well as dining experiences hosted by Grove Station,” Sid said. “We will be able to accommodate 24-36 people seated upstairs for endless experiences, from cooking classes to tasting dinners, from mixology to painting party, you name it, we can and we will create it. will not be a restaurant experience like many people in the area are used to.

Sid wants to create a dining experience that Tallassee has never seen.

“As a kid I remember waiting an hour or more to eat at Red Lobster in Montgomery. I want people to never have to wait like that, it’s miserable,” he said. she declared. “So the idea is that customers buy tickets online for an event, on a given day, with a set time. It could be a class on how to make a charcuterie platter, it could be a session of flower arrangement nibble and sip on a Saturday afternoon, this can be a paired 8-10 course tasting dinner, you choose the event based on the options on our website. date and time of your event and we promise you something special.

While this dining experience may be new to Tallassee, it’s trending in other areas.

“This concept is popping up all over the US and there is an example of something similar in Birmingham called Tasting Table, in case you were curious. We are excited to show you how amazing these experiences can be,” Sid said.

Grove Station is one of many new businesses downtown, and Sid said she plans to bring a fresh look to the area that aims to create a tourist destination.

“We are also keenly aware that we are one of the few businesses opening in downtown Tallassee at this time and while we are excited to be part of the revitalization efforts, we take our role in helping to attract more business. One way we can help is by creating a mural on the side of our building. We are working with a regional artist to come up with an interactive mural concept that will attract “Instagramers” from everywhere. The more people who come to our building to shop or even just take a picture, the more interest we will attract from other business owners who might try their luck in downtown Tallassee,” a- she declared.

Construction at Grove Station is expected to be complete by the end of May, and the goal is to open the doors for business from mid-June to the end of June.

“We’re taking private event bookings for the upstairs loft now for July. Reach out to us on social media (@grovestation) if you’d like to reserve the space for an event,” Sid said.

Sid said the town is on the verge of rejuvenation and she can’t wait to be a part of it.

“We believe in Tallassee and we know something special is happening here right now. If you don’t believe…wait, you’ll see.