Smyrna City Council approves alcohol license for new BBQ restaurant on South Cobb Drive; purchase of new sanitation truck, and resurfacing tennis courts

The exterior of Smyrna City Hall, a red brick building with four large columns

In a short meeting with no contentious items on the agenda, the Smyrna City Council Monday evening approved a beer, wine and liquor pouring license for a new barbecue restaurant at the shopping center on South Cobb Drive at its intersection with Concord Road.

The shopping center was previously the site of a small Kroger store before the larger Smyrna Crossing Kroger was built across the street.

Benjamin Woods Jr. spoke on behalf of his company, B & T Restaurant Group LLC, dba (doing business as) Tonyo’s BBQ Experience.

Woods described the upcoming restaurant as “a family restaurant that is going to offer a different spin on barbecue.”

“Everybody’s basic knowledge of barbecue is normally the checkerboard tablecloths and those Styrofoam to-go platters,” he said. “We’re actually going to do a full table service. Not upscale but nice, just giving a different outlook on barbecue.”

Woods estimates that once the assessments from the city are in the occupancy will be around 80 customers.

He said this is not his first restaurant in the county, as he owned Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant in Austell previously.

The address for the restaurant is 3315 South Cobb Drive SE, Suite 300, and it is located between the Post Office and  Little Caeser’s restaurant.

In other business, the council approved 

  • the purchase of a Peterbilt rear-loading sanitation truck for $358,090.00 funded with the FY24 Vehicle Replacement Fund
  • a contract with Match Point Tennis of Marietta for resurfacing of the tennis courts at Tolleson Park and Rose Garden Park in the amount of $60,400.00 to be paid from ARPA funds
  • The appointment of Ward 4 resident Blake Rogers to the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Commission to fulfill a term through December 31, 2023.

The following agenda item was tabled pending the preparation of necessary documentation:

Approval of the Framework Agreement with Cobb County to fulfill role as Project Administrator with Georgia DOT for South Cobb Improvement Project and authorize the Mayor to sign and execute all related documents.

About the City of Smyrna

Smyrna is the third-largest city in Cobb County, after newly incorporated Mableton, and county seat  Marietta.

Smyrna was incorporated by an act of the Georgia legislature in 1872. To see a copy of the original incorporation legislation, follow this link.

The U.S. Census Bureau gives the latest quick facts about Smyrna:

Smyrna city, Georgia
Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)55,685
Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)55,685
Population estimates base, April 1, 2020, (V2021)55,689
Population, percent change – April 1, 2020 (estimates base) to July 1, 2021, (V2021)0.0%
Population, Census, April 1, 202055663
Population, Census, April 1, 201051271
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent7.8%
Persons under 18 years, percent23.2%
Persons 65 years and over, percent9.3%
Female persons, percent53.0%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent46.8%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)33.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)0.3%
Asian alone, percent(a)8.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.3%
Two or More Races, percent4.5%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)13.6%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent42.9%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-20202352
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-202016.5%
Housing units, July 1, 2021, (V2021)X
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-202055.5%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020$309,000
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020$1,871
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020$471
Median gross rent, 2016-2020$1,326
Building permits, 2021X
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-202024760
Persons per household, 2016-20202.27
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-202081.1%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-202021.1%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-202097.9%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-202095.6%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202094.0%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202055.7%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-20206.2%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent13.8%
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202077.8%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202072.9%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)152259
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c)293700
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c)208663
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1028830
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c)$19,541
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-202029
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$77,713
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$48,063
Persons in poverty, percent8.2%
Total employer establishments, 2020X
Total employment, 2020X
Total annual payroll, 2020 ($1,000)X
Total employment, percent change, 2019-2020X
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018X
All firms, 20126575
Men-owned firms, 20123108
Women-owned firms, 20122808
Minority-owned firms, 20122970
Nonminority-owned firms, 20123230
Veteran-owned firms, 2012687
Nonveteran-owned firms, 20125483
Population per square mile, 20103339.5
Land area in square miles, 201015.35