A number of new eating establishments are either opening or getting close to their arrivals on the restaurant scene in Paulding County.
Tapas and Cajun-styled seafood highlight three new and future restaurants which are spread throughout the county.
♦ Wild Crab promises to bring “the best seafood in town” to Paulding County with its new restaurant in Hiram later this summer, according to its website.
Operations director Christopher Wise said the restaurant’s owners are busy renovating the 8,000-square-foot space at the west end of Paulding Pavilion shopping center at 4471 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway in preparation for a possible mid-July opening.
The owners also operate Taki Japanese Restaurant in Hiram, he said.
Wild Crab’s space in the shopping center at Ga. Hwy. 92 and U.S. Hwy. 78 has housed numerous businesses over the years, most recently Ben’s Furniture and Kauffman Tire.
However, Wise said the company is planning to remain in the Hiram location for a while, much like Taki which has operated in the same retail and restaurant area along Hwy. 278 for years.
“It’s going to be a long-term commitment,” he said.
The owners are doing an extensive interior renovation and converting it to a larger version of its newly opened Wild Crab restaurant in Decatur, Wise said.
He said he was unsure of the final seating total but predicted it could be around 150.
Its Decatur location features individual booths and a long common table made of dark polished wood and metal topped by a ceiling area with exposed metal beams.
A bar area features large screen TVs with a long, polished dark wooden bar. The lighted Wild Crab logo will greet customers in the entrance area.
The menu features a variety of seafood — lobster, crab, crawfish, catfish and others — cooked Cajun style or fried. Po boy sandwiches, gumbo and chowder add to the offerings.
Wise said the new restaurant also plans to be active in the community, with sponsorships of everything from school arts programs to 5K charity races.
♦ Lee’s Southern Kitchen is open now for those wanting Cajun-styled food in Paulding County. It is at the corner of Ga. Hwy. 61 and Dallas Nebo Road in unincorporated south Paulding.
Owner Sharon Lee said its main entrees are fried catfish, fried shrimp, hot lemon pepper wings, boudin sausage balls, and blackened chicken & shrimp pasta.
“My husband and I are both natives of Baton Rouge, Louisiana,” she said. “So our specialty is Louisiana Cajun dishes.”
The restaurant at 43 Dallas Nebo Road primarily serves customers wanting takeout orders. However, it has four tables that can seat 16 people, Mrs. Lee said.
It has operated since September inside a Chevron convenience store but is looking for a separate location just for itself in the same area, Lee said.
Lee’s is open Wednesdays, 3 to 8 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit www.leessouthernkitchen.com.
♦ UnWine’d & Tap recently celebrated its grand opening on Cedarcrest Road in Acworth in unincorporated northeast Paulding.
The Paulding Chamber of Commerce helped the business owners celebrate the May 21 event.
Tapas dishes featuring a variety of gourmet cheeses and cooked meats, soups, salads, desserts and more are on the food side of the menu. Wine, craft beer and cocktails also are featured at the new restaurant at 2493 Cedarcrest Road, according to its website.
This is the second location for unWine’d & Tap, following its original restaurant off Due West Road in west Cobb County.
Mark and Tonya Hetzel opened the original unWine’d & Tap after operating a wine and craft beer shop, unCorked, for decades in Marietta, the website stated.
Peter and Mary Mudgett are the managing partners of the new unWine’d & Tap on Cedarcrest Road, the website stated. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. It is closed Sunday and Monday.
For more information, visit www.unwinedandtap.com.