Friends Grille + Bar is a gathering place, a spot where people meet to have a good time. With its spacious covered patio, lively bar, and open kitchen, excitement is always in the air. Purchased in April 2013 from Brenda Anderson, at the time named Two Friends Cafe, Chris Manwell and Randy DeCoudres had a vision. In October of that same year they totally remodeled the space. They have expanded the kitchen, bar, patio, and even the bathrooms creating a very inviting restaurant that is also extremely functional. At the same time they felt the restaurant was becoming bigger than just "Two" Friends and decided the name Friends Grille + Bar would make more sense and reflect the main focus of the restaurant.
Chris and Randy have a very dynamic partnership. Chris Manwell has a great appreciation for vegetables, having been in the produce business for over 20 years. He also owns several other casual dining eateries. Widely traveled and a lover of great food, Chris Manwell really has an eye for the customer's needs.
Randy DeCoudres has been cooking for the past 13 years. He has a true love of the south and what it has to offer in the way of vegetables and meats. He also admires many old fashioned recipes, often looking through his Grandmother's cookbooks and finding something he can recreate.
Supporting the local community is very important to both of them, buying from as many local providers as possible. Pork, pecans, olive oil, lettuce, cheese, grapes, tomatoes, figs, and strawberries are just some of the items being harvested from just a few miles down the road.
Friends Grille + Bar is a restaurant where people come to be with friends. You can come by yourself, belly up to the bar and let our bartender, Justin Stephens prepare one of his signature drinks or perhaps pour you a glass of wine, or even open an ice cold beer. He infuses all our liquors to create custom cocktails. You can come in with a large group, sit in our private dining room and fellowship with one another. You can come in with your special someone, sit at the Chef's counter and let Chef DeCoudres prepare you an incredible tasting menu. The point is just come in and relax. We'll take care of you. Hope to see you soon!