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New BBQ Joint – The Cotton Club – Athens, Georgia

Straight from the Athens Banner-Herald comes news that budding restauranteurs Russ Graham and Tom Powers (they own Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar in Memphis, TN which open in the Spring of 2009) are opening The Cotton Club in Athens, Georgia. The Cotton Club is described as being a ‘casual’ barbecue restaurant.

From the article, we get more insight into the BBQ style they choose, “We call it Athens-style barbecue, because it’s a mixture of different regions coming into one in Athens,” Graham said. Their research resulted in two thick sauces – regular and hot – created from a “marriage” between vinegar- and tomato-based sauces with mustard as a backdrop, Powers said. The regular sauce also bears a slight sweetness, possibly from honey or molasses.”

-Update – Just talked to the General manager Clark and found they actually just opened today and have a lunch, dinner, and late night menu (after 1:30 AM when they open the kitchen back up). He said since they are all from Memphis, he assured me they are doing the real deal BBQ with low and slow smoking. Really want to stop by next time I’m in Athens, GA. If you get a chance to hit it up, please take some pics and let us know what you think.

Photo courtesy of Richard Hamm

Check out their menu here

Photo courtesy of Richard Hamm
Stop by The Cotton Club here:

Phone: 706-850-8227

Posted in BBQ Joints on by kevin - Comments (3)


  1. Had Sunday lunch today at The Cotton Club. Loved the classy, crisp atmosphere. Kate our server was very friendly and attentive. We feel we had the best seat in the house. The meats were succulent. They are prefecting their sides and took our suggestions. We met manager Patrick after our meal. He is an impressive, personable young man. We know he will make a success of this restaurant. We are looking forward to going back tonight for the live music and drinks.

    Comment by Julie Mercer — August 29, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

  2. Hi there! Just ate there last week and posted a review on Yelp w/ a link to your article: . Perhaps someone will snap some pics soon! : )

    Comment by Emily — August 30, 2010 @ 3:49 am

  3. Completely I share your opinion. Idea good, I support.

    Comment by baume mercier — December 8, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

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