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Roswell City Grill: Great American pub still popular

Local eatery has combination of food, fun and family that works

Here’s a Tex-Mex fusion burger with jalapenos, pico de gallo, pepper-jack cheese, beer-battered onion rings and fries. HATCHER HURD/Staff. (click for larger version)
July 18, 2012
ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell City Grill, a family-owned and operated business, still clings to the tried and true formula for the corner pub:

Serve great food, give friendly service, create a family atmosphere and make it fun. Roswell City Grill replaces the old Derby Pub at the corner of Woodstock and King roads in the Publix shopping center.

The family gathers around the pool (table) with a special guest. From left are Brian Will, Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, Michael Will, Stephanie Will and Anita Will. HATCHER HURD/Staff. (click for larger version)
Owners Brian and Anita Will understand this concept, this being their fifth pub and close to their hearts because it is closest to their home. They make it a family affair, when on a given night you may find Brian at the manager's station, Anita overseeing the kitchen, daughter Stephanie (when not at the University of Tampa) working as hostess and son Michael busing tables.

"Yes, it is just up the road from our home, and we wanted a place that was fun and upscale but with an edge," Brian Will said.

It has many of the staples that make the place fun – karaoke, trivia and, of course live music. But any pub lives or dies on its food. There, special attention has been paid. Ribs, peel-and-eat shrimp, crab claws, Alaskan salmon sliders and skewered beef kabobs are among the dishes that give Roswell City Diner its culinary panache.

To stress the family connection, Sundays families get 10 percent off with their church bulletin, Brian said.

"We plan to have a real connection with the local schools in the area. We plan to be an active part of the community," he said. "We'll work with the booster clubs, once school gets started.

The Wills family owns several pubs, but this is the only Roswell location. Will says the key to success are simple: food and service are never compromised.

"And we make sure, whatever it takes, that the customers enjoy their stay with us. We realize it is a privilege to serve them," he said.

Mayor Jere Wood in welcoming the Wills family said he was glad to see them "come home" and open a business in Roswell.

"I can always find a place for another great place to eat in Roswell," he said.

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