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Watkinsville’s Wire Park: Brewery, Lots Of Restaurants and More

Rendering of the Wire Park development. Credit: Gibbs Capital

Watkinsville’s mixed-use Wire Park development, which you may be most familiar with from Reign Streiter’s billboards that mentioned it, includes housing, a park, event space and, of course, restaurants. But what restaurants?

South Main Brewing, which you can find listed on Untappd but not a whole bunch of other places, will be Oconee County’s first brewery, because are you even a tourist attraction if you don’t have one these days?

Wire Park also plans for a food hall called The Grid at Wire Park—a popular business model that has been repeatedly floated for Athens but hasn’t worked out yet. Essentially a swankier food court, food halls feature small booths in a big open space with communal seating. The Grid will feature a location of Atlanta’s Gekko Kitchen (hibachi bowls, maybe some sushi), Atlanta-based franchise The Original Hot Dog Factory (hot dogs with a variety of toppings, burgers, salads, chicken sandwiches, loaded fries, corn dog nuggets) and Winghouse Grill (previously in Watkinsville in a now-closed location, and currently in Normaltown and Hull), plus other things yet to be announced.

What else can you find? A place called Lalo’s Tacos and Cantina; SoCo Nutrition, doing tea, smoothies and protein drinks; and a location of Scoops, a delightful ice cream shop and candy store that currently has outposts in Madison and Monroe, but no closer.

When is it all opening? Possibly as soon as late spring, but more likely this summer.