A tour of downtown Macon's latest developments was rained out Saturday, but that didn't dampen Newtown Macon's enthusiasm for what's to come.

The downtown development and revitalization organization's CEO Josh Rogers said downtown has exploded in the ten years he's been involved with it.


According to Rogers, downtown Macon now boasts 53 locally-owned restaurants, and more eateries are on the way.

A Your Pie pizza restaurant is scheduled to open on Poplar Street in the next few weeks.

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A few months later, Kudzu Seafood is slated to move into its expanded new location on the same street, featuring a rooftop deck and bar.


It's not just restaurants either. Rogers said Newtown has begun renovating the historic Bibb Theatre on 3rd Street.

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Several other business owners are working to develop other downtown properties as well.

Rogers says it's part of a downtown that's on the rise.

"All I need you to do is show up," he said. "If you will show up downtown now, I don't need to do anything else because as soon as you step foot out of your car, you're going to realize it's safe, it's beautiful, it's fun, it's comfortable."

This year's Tour of Progress includes:

1. Bibb Theatre - 455 Third Street

2. Willingham Building - 461 Third Street

3. Felicia's Cake Factory

4. Spearman Lofts - 520 Mulberry Street

5. Mercer University Fine Arts - 322 Second Street

6. Boutique Hotel & SpeakEasy - 350 Second Street

7. Macon Exchange - 368 Second Street

8. Barfield Lofts - 596 Cherry Street

9. 428 Second Street

10. Future Macon Beer Tap Room

11. Graffiti Wall - 456 First Street