Stone Mountain, GA — Health-conscious chicken wings have arrived in Stone Mountain with the opening of the new restaurant Drumz N’ Flatz.
Local real estate brokers John and Stacey Arthur launched the new spot last month at 5370 Stone Mountain Highway.
“We wanted to make sure that we were providing something healthy and some vegan options as well,” Stacey told The Tucker Observer. “Frying is not always the best, so we experimented with the baking and it was pretty successful.”
The Arthurs also own Stone Mountain catering business Jerk Fusion Café. It took a while to make Drumz N’ Flatz a reality.
“This has been four-and-a-half years in the making,” Stacey said. “It just happened that everything aligned and this was the right time.”
Picking Stone Mountain as the location was a no-brainer.
“We’ve been in the Snellville-Stone Mountain area for approximately 15 years,” Stacey said. “So we figured if we were going to do something like this, we would start at home and move forward from there.”
The Drumz N’ Flatz menu includes 12 different wing flavors, sandwiches, bowls, salads and sides. Beer and wine is available, and the Arthurs are applying for their liquor license next.
“Our most popular [wing flavors] are our candy blaze, irie jerk and lemon drop wet,” Stacey said. “In addition to that our salmon sliders seem to have been a big hit.”
The only hiccup since opening has been finding workers.
“Because of the stimulus, there’s not a lot of motivation to go to work right now,” Stacey said. “We know that’s going to pass but we are hopeful that in due time and with our salary ranges we are paying, we know we’ll have workers on a more consistent basis pretty soon.”
COVID-19 precautions include hand sanitizer throughout, a mask requirement except when eating or drinking, and increased sanitation.
“Every time someone sits on a chair, it’s sanitized,” Stacey said. “It’s an ongoing process.”
They’ve also cut the indoor seating from 80 to 40, plus 12 seats outside.
And the Arthurs have expansion on their minds.
“We’re looking for it to be a chain of locations and we are targeting certain areas in each state,” Stacey said.
They’re eyeing locations in Atlanta and Cumming first, then Alabama, South Carolina and John’s hometown of Miami, Fla.
But first the focus is growing business in Stone Mountain.
“It’s been wonderful,” Stacey said. “People are loving it. We’re gaining more and more newbies that are coming in. They’re absolutely loving it.”
“It’s a place you can come in and enjoy some good music and good food and good vibes,” she added.
Drumz N’ Flatz is just the latest Black-owned business to arrive in Stone Mountain. Candace Walker plans to open the bookstore and wine bar The Vibrary at 970 Main Street in May.