New restaurant and bar near the village Macon Mall wants to become a private club.
Full House Tavern opened last month in the former Olive Garden location at 3709 Bloomfield Road in the Summit at the Mall.
“We’re primarily a restaurant now,” said co-owner Kevin Smith. “We have an active bar at night.
“Our menu there is everything from wings to laborers. We offer oysters, a salmon dinner… Really, our oysters and wings sell.”
Hookah is also offered.
What is offered
In the nearly 53,000-square-foot, multi-venue building, Full House Tavern will be able to host special events and charge a door fee as a private club, Smith said.
Smith is there conditional use permit requirement Monday before the Macon-Bibb County Commission to have the restaurant become a private club.
According to what came before the commission, the gated club will be open from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m., charge a door fee, and only accept patrons 21 and older.
“The business will have pool tables and multiple venues for events such as birthday parties, corporate events and fundraisers,” according to a summary of the request, which is related to planning and zoning. “There will be no live entertainment or coin operated equipment.”
Smith was granted a permit to operate Full House Tavern as a restaurant serving alcohol on Sept. 30.
Since a new conditional use application has been filed as a private club, Smith said Full House Tavern would also like to be able to host live entertainment.
“When I talk about live entertainment, we’re talking about maybe having a DJ here. You know, something like that. Nothing special, he said.
Smith said Full House Tavern is perfect for private events.
“The amount of space we have here is honestly ridiculous,” Smith said. “So we have a place where we can host private events.
“We’ve been approached by various charities asking if they could rent a couple of our rooms and use them for their own personal affairs,” he said. “So we’re not against it.
“That’s another thing we want to do by becoming a private club is to be able to rent out these private rooms to any organization that wants to use them.”
“Since we’ve been here for the last month, it kind of changed when we found out about Macon … Our intentions and plans … kind of changed. But our original intent when we sought the special permit was just so we could host private events for various organizations, and we were told through zoning that we wouldn’t be able to do that as a restaurant…
“Since then we decided, well shoot, if we have all this space, why not try to use it? … Get a DJ … Just make the best use of the real estate here.”
The Facebook page of the institution notes: “Full House Tavern and Live Bet have teamed up to create the best place for individuals.”
Live Bet with the same address bills itself on its website as “central Georgia’s premier charity poker destination.”
“Our staff is made up of friendly and well-trained community members. Professional dealers, knowledgeable staff and armed security for your comfort.
“We believe in giving back to the community, starting with our first responders. Patrons can also partner with us to raise money for their local causes. Our mission is to make a lasting positive impact by raising money for charities that contribute to our health and well-being, safety, education, veterans’ welfare, and more.”
Full House Tavern currently uses the address of 3709 Bloomfield Road, which is the same address used by the former Olive Garden. But planning and zoning documents also list the facility’s address as 3630 Mercer University Drive, which is how the property is listed on online property tax records.