Little Dipper owners are launching a new Sylvania restaurant downtown with barbecue, steaks and burgers

The new 1023 Grill restaurant opens in the old Soda Shop Gallery in downtown Sylvania, Georgia.

The owners of one of Sylvania’s favorite coffee and ice cream purveyors are opening a new restaurant next door.

Little Dipper Coffee and Ice Cream owner Grace Waits recently announced the name of the new restaurant, 1023 Grill. Both names come from her partnership, in life and in business, with her husband, Brad. The constellation Ursa Minor was in the sky the night they decided to get married, and they married on October 23, 1999. Grace and Brad run the two businesses together.

“I couldn’t do it without him and he couldn’t do it without me,” Grace said. “We definitely depend on each other.”

“My wife is the brains and I’m the muscle,” Brad said. “She kind of has great ideas and I kind of execute her idea.”

The new restaurant on North Main Street will be open Thursday through Saturday, with barbecue for lunch and steaks for dinner. There will be an interior door connecting 1023 Grill to Little Dipper. Grace said she thinks the two establishments will merge, with customers able to enjoy a coffee while waiting for their table or enjoy an ice cream after finishing a meal.

While other restaurants in the area have barbecue on their menu, 1023 Grill will be the only restaurant largely dedicated to barbecue. They intend to use ingredients sourced from local farmers and vendors, and the chef plans unique recipes to deliver two specialty gourmet burgers each month.

Grace and Brad Waits show off the sign for their new restaurant, 1023 Grill, which was announced at the Screven County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza in Sylvania on December 11.

Grace and Brad Waits show off the sign for their new restaurant, 1023 Grill, which was announced at the Screven County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza in Sylvania on December 11.

Grace, who is also president of the Screven County Chamber of Commerce, said they had tried to recruit investors to open a barbecue restaurant in town, but the market had little confidence. However, the feedback is already looking positive, with the Waits personally reporting a ton of great responses and dozens of enthusiastic comments on Facebook.

“People get excited about something new, and that doesn’t happen often here,” Brad said. “So just seeing people’s enthusiasm and being able to provide a service to people that people want is exciting for everyone.”

The Waits said they plan to open 1023 Grill between late January and early February.

This article originally appeared on Augusta Chronicle: Little Dipper owners launch new restaurant in downtown Sylvania

Dino S. Williams