SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Changes are coming to downtown Sylvester, that city leaders believe could bring economic benefits to the city.
In the next couple of weeks, a new restaurant will open its doors to the public.
Restaurant owner Shane Brooks, who is from Sylvester, said that he decided to start a new business in South Georgia.
"We want to bring this downtown area alive, put some beauty back here," said Brooks.
And that's exactly what Brooks believes his new restaurant, Isabella Station will bring to downtown Sylvester.
"Just trying to drive that back to life, because so many cities, when you drive through this area, there are just ghost towns," said Brooks. "I don't want that to happen here. I want to see it prosper."
After spending a few years in bigger cities such as Austin and Charleston, Brooks saw the potential in Sylvester and wanted to bring the vibes from those cities back home.
"Being able to generate that energy here because spending your money in your own hometown is only helping develop your own town," explained Brooks.
And Main Street Director Jana Dyke couldn't agree more. She said that with the recent openings of new restaurants downtown, she hopes it will create a snowball effect.
"Keeping the money local, jobs that were not otherwise available, the revenue coming in from the food and the beverages and the business licenses and everything, it's just a boost to our economy," said Dyke. "To some it may not be a lot, but to us, it is definitely an appreciated boost."
Soon, Brooks wants to see his restaurant filled with customers, which he hopes will inspire other businesses to take advantage of the growing downtown area.
"Get the community back downtown because that's how the community started," said Brooks.
Brooks hopes to have Isabella Station open within the next month.
Anyone interested in a new opportunity in downtown Sylvester can contact the Main Street office at (229) 430-7735.