Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Legendary Allen’s Reaches 1 Year Anniversary of Grand Re-opening

BUSINESS WIRE --What do Zell Miller, Lewis Grizzard, Michael Stipe, Mike Bobo, the B-52s, and countless others who have visited Athens, GA all have in common? After Allens Hamburgers closed its doors in 2004, Athens lost a 50 year tradition of cold beer, greasy burgers, and live music. Some say that Athens robust music scene got its start in the Normaltown district at Allens on Prince Ave.

Last summer, two University of Georgia alumni, along with the help of the last Allens owner and the blessing of the old Allens proprietor/owners family, re-opened Allens in a new location at 810 Hawthorne Ave. Allens is featured in the July issue of Georgia Trend Magazine: http://www.georgiatrend.com/features-business-industry/07_08_allens. shtml (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.) and had a successful first year since the grand re-opening in terms of business and philanthropy helping support the following non-profit organizations with gifts totaling over $15,000:

  • Athens YMCA
  • Athens Habitat for Humanity
  • Athens Regional Hospital Foundation
  • Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Athens Clarke County Leisure Services (July 4 fireworks show at Bishop Park)

The re-opening of Allens is proving that a successful local business can compete effectively against national organizations and still give something back to the community, says co-owner Mark Hammond.

Co-owner Hilt Moree adds that: We have been humbled and overwhelmed by Athens support of the new Allens and have big plans for the coming year for local non-profit organizations.

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