Special to The Chronicle from The Metter Advertiser
For 13 years, Bevrick’s has been a beacon for the community, drawing travelers off of the busy interstate onto Exit 104 and bringing local folk out to I-16.
On Monday, November 22, Bevrick’s changed hands and will now continue its legacy under the guidance of new owners Tim Coleman and Nick Webb.
Coleman and Webb are lifelong friends who have dreamed of owning a restaurant together. They plan to continue the tradition of serving good food and providing Southern hospitality in the way that loyal customers of Bevrick’s have come to expect.
Through the purchase agreement, the new owners have gained the name “Bevrick’s,” along with the menus, the recipes, and the building itself.
The new owners have spent as much time as possible working with prior owner Rick Patrick (who once headed up Sweet Tea Grille in Swainsboro) and staff and have become familiar faces in the restaurant.
Coleman, who also owns Metter Home Center as well as Burlap and Lace Market & Coffee Bar, hopes to be an integral part of the restaurant management, but Webb’s past restaurant experience will put him in charge of the day-to-day operations of their new endeavor.
Webb previously worked for Paula Deen for almost eight years.
“I started as a server and eventually was part of the New Opening Team for Paula Deen restaurants,” Webb said. He has also worked events at Paula Deen’s home in Savannah.
Prior to working for the preeminent Southern cook, Webb worked at Cracker Barrel and at a few “mom and pop” style restaurants.
No major changes for now
The two new owners say their short-term plan is to keep things the same at the restaurant so when the doors opened at Bevrick’s on Tuesday under new ownership, it was a seamless transition.
The only things missing were Rick and wife Beverly Patrick. The tradition of good food and great hospitality has continued.
Eventually Coleman and Webb plan to perhaps add a few new menu items, but those changes will take time and will not be drastic, the owners stated.
Bevrick’s is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily for lunch and 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday for dinner.
The regular evening buffet options of Wednesday night breakfast, Friday night seafood, and Saturday night low country boil are still scheduled.
Additionally, Bevrick’s will continue with its full service bar and catering.
Bevrick’s still served its traditional Thanksgiving feast on the buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, there was no evening service so staff could spend time with their families.
A friendly transition
The sale of Bevrick’s began when Rick Patrick was in Coleman’s Metter Home Center to purchase a mobile home.
“I kiddingly told Tim if he ever wanted to buy a restaurant to give me a call,” Rick laughs. Tim did just that a few weeks later, making an offer to Rick. The Patricks discussed the offer and accepted.
“At our ages, we agreed that this was the best exit strategy for us as long as the new owners agreed to keep our staff intact,” Patrick said. The couple’s son, Dalton, who has worked at Bevrick’s practically his whole life, will remain there, along with servers and kitchen staff who have become “like family” to the many loyal patrons of Bevrick’s.
That continuity of the staff “gave us a feeling of satisfaction,” Patrick said, “because we are all a family. Some of us have worked together for 10, 15, up to 25 years.”
A long-standing tradition
Bevrick’s has been a community tradition since 2008 but before that, the restaurant itself was serving customers under the Western Steer franchise.
The restaurant was first opened by Taylor & Bird Hospitality in 1988. Patrick started working there in 1991 and, after stints at other restaurants, he returned to Western Steer.
When he and Beverly purchased the restaurant in 2006, they continued to operate under the Western Steer franchise agreement through its completion. Then, in 2008, the couple reopened the restaurant under the Bevrick’s Char House Grille. Gone was the old steakhouse’s line method of ordering, to be replaced by a menu order and a buffet option.
Bevrick’s has been an active business citizen throughout its 13-year history. Serving as the meeting place for the majority of Metter’s civic groups, Bevrick’s has also been home to family reunions, class reunions, and any type of celebration imaginable.
Looking back on his tenure, Patrick said, “We have enjoyed living our life in this community and taking care of our friends.” He recalls the many events he has been a part of, including “happy times like weddings and reunions, and even sad times like funerals.”
“I have spent most of my career in this building,” Patrick said.
Now, Patrick will continue with his other ventures, including JoMax Barbecue, which he purchased in 2017. He also co-owns Sweet Tea Grille in Port Wentworth.
Photo is credited to The Metter Advertiser’s Crystal Dalgard.