Oconee County’s Code Enforcement Office has issued a building permit for the build out of unit 510 of Epps Bridge Centre for Groove Burgers, which will become the fifth restaurant in the shopping center.
Work on the restaurant has begun and should be completed by Jan. 10, according to the permit, issued on Dec. 16.
The Oconee County Utility Department issued sewage capacity for a 45-seat restaurant on Nov. 3 and water service on Nov. 2.
The building permit was issued to Bridger Loftin, 1010 Crabapple Circle, off Union Church Road west of Butler’s Crossing.
The Oconee County Board of Commissioners approved a beer and wine license for Loftin on Dec. 1. Loftin appeared before the Commissioners at its meeting on Nov. 24.
Building 510 in the Epps Bridge Centre, just east of the Alumni Hall sport apparel store, faces the Oconee Connector.
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In the alcohol license application, Loftin said that the restaurant will seat 48 persons and employ 15 full-time employees.
The restaurant will operate from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to the application.
Epps Bridge Centre is home to Taqueria Tsunami, in the same central complex as the future home of Groove Burgers, and Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers and Cheddar’s Casual Café, both on out lots fronting on Epps Bridge Parkway.
In addition, University 16 Cinemas has a restaurant inside its facilities.
Freddy’s and Cheddar’s both purchased the out lots from Epps Bridge Centre owner Frank Bishop, according to county tax records.
Early this year, Bone Island Grillhouse Restaurants submitted a preliminary site development plan to the Oconee County Planning Department for construction of a restaurant at the Epps Bridge Parkway entrance to the Epps Bridge Centre, opposite Freddy’s.
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Big Property Holdings LLC, 1720 Epps Bridge Parkway, Suite 108, purchased the 1.8-acre-lot from Bishop’s Epps Bridge Centre LLC on March 14 for $1,750,000, according to the tax records.
The address for Big Property Holdings is the Epps Bridge UPS Store, which rents mailboxes.
That same address is used for BIG Restaurants LLC, which is listed on the web site as the contact for an existing Bone Island Grillhouse on the southern end of Lake Oconee north of Eatonton.
The county has not issued any building permit for the lot.