Chipper's Club Restaurant Opens this Month
ROSWELL CAN BOAST THAT IN THE LAST YEAR, 10+ new restaurants have opened within its borders - yet our favorites are the ones born from the dreams of local individuals who have spent most of their lives here. There is a subtle underlying mission with these entrepreneurs, an intangible, ever-present drive to improve this community through their efforts. When we heard Chipper Gronholm - a well-known, successful local real estate professional with a long resume of community involvement - was opening a new restaurant in a familiar old building, we were thrilled.
The attention-hungry white building on Atlanta Street in the heart of Historic Roswell has been sitting empty since the previous restaurant - Fish Camp - closed its doors. Right now it’s a hub of activity as the team finalizes the many details prior to a soft opening on July 5. The interior of the restaurant has a comforting modern farmhouse look, which is both relaxed and sophisticated. The butcher block tables in bamboo wood tones collaborate with this motif by providing a light, natural feel to the space.
A Roswell native, and graduate of Roswell High School, Chipper had always dreamed of opening a small and casual restaurant, which would offer guests a refined and polished dining experience, yet be hosted in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. In other words, a place where discerning diners enjoy prettily presented, delicious meals with quality ingredients enjoyed ‘come as you are.’ When the opportunity arrived to open a restaurant in this location, Chipper went into action, finding local partners to help put practical application to his vision.
The building renovation has been intense, but locals will be quite pleased with the makeover. Carl Thompson and his wife, Destiny, jumped at the chance to partner up and formulated a deliberate plan to create an atmosphere where everybody can feel ‘at home.’ The couple has over 30 years of restaurant and hospitality experience. Carl’s passion for connecting with people and Destiny’s flare for customer service combine beautifully. This duo adds customer - centric critical skillsets to the ownership team, which is critical to a restaurant’s success.
Executive Chef Mike Gambini had 18 years of cooking and executive experience when he was snatched by Chipper’s to conceptualize the menu and create delicious comfort food locals will crave. Early in his culinary education, he traveled throughout the Southeast and California, as well as extensively in Mexico, where he perfected his techniques and his personal culinary style which fuses southern flavors with spices and worldly influences. Chef Mike’s menu features grilled, simple dishes, contemporary and southern sides and breaded items. We can’t wait to taste his version of Shrimp & Grits -several restaurants in Roswell offer this item, but each exhibits its chef’s distinct style. This dish incorporates fresh, local Georgia shrimp, corn, okra, bell peppers and caramelized onions, and its kick results from a special, Louisiana-style sauce.
When Chipper’s opens on July 6 - with live music on the shaded patio - one of the first items we will sample will be the fried green tomatoes, as these, too, can be prepared in a variety of ways depending on a chef’s personality and perspective. The green tomatoes are sourced locally, fried, topped with a sweet and spicy apricot and habanero jelly and finished with sprinkled goat cheese. Yum!
Chipper tells us, “Our goal with this place is to create an experience of local, old-school dining with a menu featuring traditional standbys - like club sandwiches, burgers and fries, as well as new and exciting dishes. Every person who walks in our door will feel like he or she is part of our family. Our smiling servers and professional staff will ensure Chipper’s becomes a ‘go-to’ place for local families and friends to gather.”
Chipper, Carl, Destiny and Chef Mike are united in their primary objective for the new place: to create a welcoming and warm atmosphere where families and friends can relax and enjoy delicious food among lots of familiar faces. Chipper’s Club 659 Atlanta Street Roswell, GA 30075 www.chippersclub.com