Downtown businessman John Massey and his partner Robert Smyth, of Rome radio station K-98, have bought the business and are revamping the interior before reopening for lunch, dinner and nighttime entertainment at 239 Broad St.
The restaurant closed less than a month after previous owner Brent Howell stopped serving alcohol and changed the name to 7th Heaven Café in August.
Massey also owns The Clearing House, a furniture consignment store at 238 Broad St., just across the street from the restaurant.
GIVING ROME: Ohio-based CertifiChecks Inc. hopes to make available Rome USA Gift Certificates later this year or early next year.
The company is looking for local merchants who will participate in the gift certificate program at no cost. The certificates act as traveler’s checks, and the company hopes to get at least 50 Rome merchants to agree to accept them before rolling out the program.
Customers will be able to order the gift certificates on the Internet at www.certifichecks.com. The company currently issues certificates that are accepted at 60,000 locations around the country.
Merchants who wish to participate can contact Mike Baskerville, vice president of sales at CertifiChecks, by calling (877) 770-4438, Ext. 125 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
CHANGING TIRE OWNERS: North Rome business owner David Compton has sold his North Rome Tire Service.
New owner Antonio Mejia has taken over the business as Rome Tire.
Compton had run the business at 5 W. Callahan St. for the last 10 years.
CUSTOMIZING SHOP: Floyd County man Richard Miles says he plans to open Street Chrome USA before Christmas, if zoning and building permits don’t slow him down.
The business, at 4704 Martha Berry Blvd., will sell parts and accessories for motorcycles and custom cars and trucks. It will also offer service and installation in a 2,000-square-foot shop