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The Varsity Will Reopen in Oconee and Barrow Counties

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You probably knew it was coming, especially if you’ve been paying attention to the details of the Varsity tear-down story in Flagpole. Anyway, the folks who own the restaurant in Athens are planning on opening up two new locations, one in Oconee County and one in Barrow County, meaning you can still get your onion rings and FO without driving to Atlanta.

The company lists the Oconee location as “Athens,” but the tax dollars won’t go to Clarke. It will be on Parkway Boulevard, which runs between Epps Bridge Parkway and the Oconee Connector, by the Hobby Lobby. The Gordy family, which owns the Varsity chain, has also owned land there for decades and are currently developing it.

The Barrow County location will be in Bethlehem, at the Gateway at University Parkway, anchored by Athens Regional, Chick-fil-A and a Carmike Cinemas movie theater.

Memorabilia from the West Broad location is for sale in an online auction.