People craving a cold summer treat will soon be able to purchase such treats from the new Oconee Bruster’s Real Ice Cream.
As of now, Andrew Rowe, Bruster’s franchise owner, said that the Oconee location will open sometime in early to middle July, or as he put it, “as soon the contractors can get it built.”
The ice cream shop is being constructed at its 1029 Place Parkway location, just off of Epps Bridge Parkway.
Rowe explained the factors that motivated him to bring Bruster’s to the area. For one, he and his daughter are University of Georgia alumni, and they noticed that there was not a Bruster’s in the Athens-Oconee area.
“This was one of the biggest metropolitan or college areas in Georgia that did not have a Bruster’s,” Rowe said.
He also owned property in the Athens area, and he had already been considering a career change from corporate to self-employed work.
Now, Rowe said that he is looking forward to running what will essentially be a family business, with people like his wife, his daughter and his younger son working alongside him.
As well, the pizza restaurant Doughby’s opened two weeks ago at the Experiment Station and North Main Street intersection in Watkinsville. It replaces Chicken Express, which closed last year.
Owner Justin Kamishlian described Doughby’s as a family-friendly restaurant and bar that sells foods such as pizza, pasta, wings, subs and salads.
“We are excited about being part of the Watkinsville community and look forward to serving quality food and drinks to our patrons!” Kamishlian said.