During its regular monthly business meeting on Wednesday, the Walker County Development Authority voted unanimously to enter into a lease agreement with Greg Cornelison to reopen the Mountain Cove Farms restaurant.
“I am excited to be able to invite the citizens of Walker County to visit the restaurant when we get it open,” Mr. Cornelison said. “It is such a beautiful location and we look forward to creating a dining experience just as appealing.”
Mr. Cornelison owns and operates Greg’s Restaurant in Chickamauga which has become a favorite for residents for more than a decade.
“I am excited to see the authority partnering with a local businessman who has the experience and desire to see the cove restaurant a success,” said Walker County commissioner Bebe Heiskell. The Walker County Development Authority took ownership of the Mountain Cove Farms property from the county last year.
Mr. Cornelison hopes to have the restaurant open by Dec. 1, but admits the date may be a bit ambitious.
“This will be a little more upscale from my current restaurant,” he said. “We hope to offer a nice menu that will also include adult beverages.”
Mr. Cornelison said it may take a little longer to get his beverage and liquor licenses in place but explained Walker County has a brown bag ordinance, which means patrons could bring the beverage of their choice to enjoy until the restaurant is able to sell libations to its customers.
“This is certainly great news for residents who are looking for another dining choice within the county,” said Commissioner Heiskell.
While Mr. Cornelison hasn't decided definitely on the name of the restaurant he explained he is leaning toward call it Mountain Cove Grill.