Wednesday, April 3, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7
EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Before the golfers took to the tee boxes this morning they had some fun around town.
There are some hidden gems in Riverwood Shopping Center. You can smell the food and one of the restaurants got to serve several of the golfers and their families.
"We're prepared to have a big crowd. We're definitely ready for it," said Jordan Tejeda.
Jordan Tejada is the chef at the Ironwood Tavern, minutes from where female golfers from all over the world are making history. When they're not on the course, they're all over town.
"It's pretty scarce as far as restaurants on this side of town and especially with seafood and specialty items like some of the things we serve so it's great for business," said Tejeda.
The brick oven is hot and he's serving up pizza, burgers, and seafood for anyone who walks through the doors.
"We set up a sign over there where the parking is, where all the shuttles will be but we don't want to be too pushy. We don't want to be like a kiosk in the middle of the mall you know. They'll smell the food and hopefully they come in," said Tejeda.
Mike Duncan scooped up all his employees to work this special week.
"I think we have the perfect amount of staff on to really make sure we knock this out of the park," said Duncan.
Duncan is the general manager at the Flying Biscuit. He's put to-go menus and coupons on the shuttles taking patrons to the course and even at homes being rented out. The goal is simple.
"When someone goes hey where can we eat I'd like the Flying Biscuit to be one of the first names on the tongue," said Duncan,
And it's working.
"We've had a few of the golfers come in in the afternoon," said Duncan,
The restaurants say the extra week of golf will give them a taste of what to expect next week.
"It's a real blessing and we're all very happy to have this tournament here in town. It brings a lot of money into town and it's good for everybody we're glad to have them in," said Tejeda.
Especially in this part of Columbia County, it's the center of attention right now. Some businesses are even extending their hours to hopefully get more golfers and patrons out here to eat before they head to the course.