Up Your Alley Chop House will open for business on Saturday.
Jeff and Philip Jordan leased the space in The Alley located in downtown Aiken. The brothers have renovated the old restaurant that once housed Up Your Alley, which was established in 1982 and closed more than a year ago.
Philip Jordan said residents and other downtown business owners have stopped by to wish them well, and he can feel the excitement from people who are ready for the new eatery to open.
“We couldn't be more thankful to the entire Aiken community for all of their support,” Philip said.
The menu will include fresh, local beef, chicken and seafood, as well as dishes made with local vegetables. The food will never be frozen, and Jordan quipped that they don't even have a microwave in the building. Philip said they are ready to offer residents an “excellent culinary experience.”
Opening a restaurant has been a dream for the Jordan brothers, and it's finally coming true. The Jordans have a history of business ownership and repurposing old buildings. Jeff and another brother run Jordan's Signature Automotive on Richland Avenue in a completely refurbished Phelon building. Philip, a local chiropractor, opened his office in a vacant building that once housed a bank after having it revamped.
Philip said the kitchen of the restaurant has been completely gutted and new equipment has been installed. The old booths were removed from the dining room and replaced with two and four top tables. Several booths have been placed near the windows facing The Alley.
The lighting has been replaced with handblown glass fixtures. A new mahogany bar is in place and all the walls have a fresh coat of paint, Jordan said.
Both the brick and stained glass has been preserved. Any broken pieces in the glass have been restored.
Notable Aiken images are also hanging on the walls.
“We want people to feel like this is Aiken when they walk in the door,” Philip said.
He said they wanted a look that was classic as well as sleek and modern. They aim to create an atmosphere that's intimate for that couple looking for a nice place for a date but also fun for football fans wanting to enjoy the game while enjoying some chicken wings. He said Up Your Alley Chop House will be a place representing both casual and upscale dining.
The restaurant is located at 222 The Alley and will open at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Up Your Alley Chop House is currently taking reservations at 803-226-0386.
LongHorn, a newly constructed restaurant at 2480 Whiskey Road, will also open on Monday. According to the website, the restaurant hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Amy Banton is the County beat reporter and has been with the Aiken Standard since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College.