If you are looking for a place to grab a great meal, catch the latest sporting event, and see a great concert, I have the place for you to visit! Brewhouse Music and Grill is located at 325 Broad Street in Historic Downtown Rome, GA and offers a full menu of delicious food for lunch and dinner. After dinner hours you have the options of seeing a fantastic band or dancing the night away.
Owner Jay Shell is a good friend of mine and has been a tremendous asset to Downtown Rome as well as the entire community. Jay started his business adventures in Rome by opening a restaurant a few years back called 333 on Broad. The idea of opening was 333 on Broad was to have a business so that he could continue performing with his band KneckDown. Shortly after opening 333 on Broad, Jay and his wife Melissa found out that they were expanding their family from one beautiful daughter, Madalyn, to another awesome son, Jackson. Jay had to evaluate his love of family and providing stability to their growing family. Jay was able to grow 333 on Broad as a must visit restaurant in Rome with a small venue upstairs for the night scene.
333 on Broad quickly outgrew their space and with a building, that has been almost every form of short-lived night venue, just a few doors down, was transformed into one of the hottest places in Northwest Georgia. Once The Brewhouse Music Grill made it mark on the area, 333 on Broad was merged in with The Brewhouse Music and Grill. Jay’s goal was to provide great, affordable food with a place to catch the sporting events of the day, and provide hot music acts. He has achieved that goal and then some.
I asked Jay about his ability to bring acts that were on the verge of breaking big and his answer was shocking, “I wish I could I say that I was that smart, but it is mostly luck.” If you have heard of acts like Florida/Georgia Line, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt,Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, The Chris Lane Band, Brett Eldridge, Jana Kramer to name just a very few, then you have heard of acts that have graced the stage of The Brewhouse Music and Grill. The 500 person capacity venue has sold out numerous shows with what were then up and coming artists, but are now some of the hottest acts in the country. The Brewhouse doesn’t stop at just having upcoming artists or local musicians, they have also had some great acts that have been household names for years. I have seen Emerson Hart (lead singer of Tonic), Confederate Railroad, Joe Diffie, Doug Stone,Ed Kowalczyk (former lead singer of Live), Drivin’ N Cryin’, Sister Hazel, Shawn Mullins, Jason Isbell, and the list could go on for pages. Jay Shell has brought Rome, GA to forefront of the music scene. Old Dominion was interviewed recently by Rolling Stone Magazine about where their favorite place to play and their answer was “Rome, GA”.
I asked Jay what type amenities does he offer the bands when they play The Brewhouse. He told me he has a green room with washer and dryer so the band can do laundry, full cable television, and a place that the band can get off their tour bus and just chill out. I also asked Jay if he thought The Brewhouse was providing an economic boost for Historic Downtown Rome outside of just his business and he answered, “Absolutely! We hear from the other restaurants downtown and nearby hotels that when we have big shows, they see an increase in their business and hotels are seeing more guests.” To me, that is exactly part of the revitalization of Downtown Rome.
If you haven’t eaten at The Brewhouse Music and Grill, let me recommend any of the items on the menu. I think they have the best hamburgers but you can also get a perfectly cooked steak, several salad options, sandwiches, pasta, and my personal favorite shrimp and grits, just to name a few of the items on the menu. The Brewhouse is also available for private parties or large group gatherings. I can’t brag enough at the phenomenal job that Jay Shell and his staff do for their customers.
I would be remiss if I didn’t add just a little paragraph about one of the hottest yearly events that Jay Shell has brought to Rome for several years ago, Rome River Jam. Rome River Jam is a combination of local music acts with big name headliners in an all day musical festival format. Some of the big names that have played on the Rome River Jam stage are Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Sammy Kershaw, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Craig Morgan, Ashley Monroe, and many more. Rome River Jam is usually held in May but this year it will be moved to September due to the other music festivals in the area, but I promise you that this is one all day festival that you should not miss. I tried to get a hint of who we can expect this year but Jay is still tight-lipped.
I can’t begin to thank Jay Shell enough for seeing a need for a great restaurant that provides a wonderful musical venue for our local musicians as well as well-known artists to come to Rome, GA and putting Rome, GA on the map for a must stop for musicians. Please find the link to The Brewhouse Music and Grill’s website to keep up to date on who is coming to play and check out the awesome menu. The Brewhouse Music and Grill is a must stop place in Rome. I have also included some YouTube videos of some acts playing the stage at The Brewhouse Music and Grill.
Old Dominion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_Apky3IXJg
Shawn Mullins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqiy9z1O7RA
Florida/Georgia Line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uPMruwsH5s
Confederate Railroad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpGalZJHY6I