By: Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Truett McConnell University (TMU) ushers in the new academic year with the opening of a new restaurant, The Georgia Public House. This addition compliments TMU’s existing campus dining spots, Carol Anne’s Café (formerly The Dining Hall) and The Daily, to broaden the options for the campus community and create new venues to dine, socialize and study.

The Georgia Public House will be located in the new Student Wellness Center (SWC), a 69,000-sq. ft. facility, which features a student commons area, racquetball courts, leisure pool, gymnasium, fitness center and staff offices.

A farm to table restaurant, The Georgia Public House will offer a healthy, casual dining experience with seating located inside the restaurant and along the balcony overlooking the racquetball courts and indoor leisure pool.

The majority of ingredients to be used will be Georgia grown with a focus on produce from within a 50-mile radius of TMU. The cuisine will offer healthy cook-to-order selections including wraps, sandwiches and salads along with a full coffee, juice and freshly made smoothies menu. The Georgia Public House will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner during normal SWC operating hours.

MMI Dining Systems, who manage all eating establishments on campus, will oversee the restaurant and staffing. Aaron Ellinger, who will manage The Georgia Public House, says, “[The restaurant] has been equipped to be limited only by our imagination. We have an opportunity to create items which may have similarity to some of our favorite foods with a creative Chef who has been working for years in the farm-to-table arena.”

“The Georgia Public House is a great addition to an incredible facility. In creating the GPH we want a restaurant that will complement the activities of the SWC by providing healthy dining options. We also want to feature meals that utilize fresh Georgia produce and livestock providing a farm to table experience,” added Dr. Joseph Wiegand, Vice President for Finance and Operations, General Counsel, Dean of the Michael Sattler School of Public Service and Associate Professor of Law and Government.

Student meal plan options will be available at The Georgia Public House as well as other forms of payment, making them open for all to enjoy.

Justin Ballew, a senior Music Education major, said, “As a student, The Georgia Public House will be a great addition to the variety of dining options at TMU. I think the aesthetics of the restaurant, along with the menu options available, will create yet another wonderful place for students to fellowship.”

The public is invited to take a tour of The Georgia Public House, along with the state-of-the-art Student Wellness Center, during the Grand Opening celebration at 10:00 a.m. on August 19. For more information, contact the office of Advancement at


Jenny Gregory is the Content Manager for Truett McConnell University.

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