Restaurant, shop planned in Florala

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 25, 2014

At least two new businesses are slated for downtown Florala in the near future, thanks to actions taken by the town council Monday night.

The council unanimously agreed to grant a lounge liquor license for Watty’s Bar and Grill, after hearing from owner Jessica Watts.

Mrs. Watts explained the restaurant will offer a place for “a good steak dinner with wine, or chicken wings with mixed drinks to go.”

“This will be somewhere nice,” she said, “geared toward the 35 to 50-year-old crowd who are out on the lake.”

She plans to feature a comedian at least once a month, and perhaps live music.

“Me and my husband are both truck drivers,” she said. “I love to fish, and if I didn’t have to work, I’d be on the on lake every day. “I want it to be positive, not where people come to get sloshed, but to have a nice meal, and have a drink.”

She expects to open in June.

The council also authorized Mayor Robert Williamson and city attorney Wes Laird to negotiate the lease of a downtown building that will become a pawn shop and awning business.