Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bar/ Wine Wall/ Patio

Opening day is almost here and we are so excited! We are making fast progress and the inside of Graft is looking amazing.  Check out our spacious bar that is made out of reclaimed tongue and groove wood from the walls of the existing house; it has a copper top!  The wine wall will enable us to organize and store our awesome variety of unique wines.  Our comfortable patio under the trees will be a great place for hanging out and relaxing to acoustic music as you sip on your favorite housemade-infused cocktail or glass of wine.  In addition, we have constucted a rear patio near our muscadines where we will be hosting chef demonstrations. We look forward to making your Graft experience a memorable one. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Front benches/ stone wall

We have been laboring in our yard and gardens making great steps toward our edible gardens and inviting landscape. We have been in the yard clearing, transplanting, planting seedlings and building. The front yard now has several benches built into our new natural, seatable field stone wall. We want to invite our customers to enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail among the herb gardens that we are planting in the front yard. The huge back vegetable and fruit garden, resembling the shape of a giant leaf, will be available for customers to view, as well. I will say, I am so glad that we have been able to keep all of the existing plants that were on-site, but some of those large azaleas are a little monster to dig up and transplant! Brian Barth and Mario Cambardella of Urban Agriculture have been the master minds behind our edible landscaping plan, which we will continue to implement over the next many months. Brian was pivotal in building the seatable, solid stone wall. He also has a farm outside of Athens, where he grows his own veggies and herbs and also raises several hogs, chickens for eggs, goats for dairy and sustainable tilapia. Graft will be a pick-up site for his forming CSA. We look forward to a long relationship with him and Tree of Life Farms. Here is his website,

The interior is painted and looks amazing. We are moving forward as fast as we can. I will post a few pictures and know that we are still looking good for the beginning of June to open! Thanks again for your support and excitement for us!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Now Hiring!

We are looking for experienced and wine knowledgeable servers and bartenders, as well as back of the house staff to include prep, saute, grill, and utility.  Please click on the link below or stop by graft for an application.  We will begin interviewing Thursday May 10th, if contacted.

Edible gardens, paint and lots of cleaning!

We are getting so close to opening! It is looking amazing inside. The fresh paint on the outside and inside helps to bring to life the reality of this awesome renovation! Everything is built out. The bar is perfect and the patio is beckoning to be used soon! We have embarked on a progressive journey to build and maintain edible gardens throughout the property so that we will be able to utilize our own herbs, vegetables and fruits/ berries throughout the seasons. We will eventually be building a small mingling pavilion out back by the vegetable garden which will hold a water cistern for catching rain. That's just a nugget of what we have planned! Our focus is to open as soon as possible. Sorry for not keeping you all as updated as we had planned, we have just been very busy with the build-out and the details of opening. Please enjoy the photos and know we are very close! We will see you soon with the best seasonal foods, wines and great cocktails.

Also, we are starting to take applications and interview. We are looking for experienced servers, bartenders and back of the house prep, saute, grill and dish/utility help. Feel free to stop by and get an application or download the application this blog. Thanks!