Diner chain owned by one of Outback Steakhouse founders plans north Macon opening

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Metro Diner is planning to open a location at 3710 Northside Drive in north Macon.

The diner is part of a chain owned by Tampa, Fla.-based ConSul Hospitality. One of ConSul's owners, Chris Sullivan, is one of the founding owners of Outback Steakhouse, according to Crafton Bryant, head of ConSul's marketing.

The company wants to open in the former Capital City Bank, near the Northside Drive, Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard intersection, according to a change-of-use permit filed with Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning.

Metro Diner is one of six projected openings in Georgia, Bryant said. The company's first Georgia location is slated to open Oct. 25 in Roswell. The company currently operates 15 restaurants in the southeast.

According to Metro Diner's website, the restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of its more popular dishes are shrimp & grits, fried chicken and waffles, chicken pot pie, breakfast pizza, breakfast pie, steak and eggs and creamed chip beef.

The company says the only changes planned for the site includes tearing down the former bank’s drive through canopy area so they could build an outdoor patio. The proposed 5,000-square-foot restaurant would employ 12 full and part-time employees, according to the application.


The county’s planning and zoning commission is scheduled to discuss the application at its Oct. 24 meeting.


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