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Ate Track Bar & Grill Rocks Downtown Cartersville

Andrea and Jackie Wallace, owners of Appalachian Grill, opened a second eatery in the former Wall Street Cafe location.

Downtown Cartersville has new rock-n-roll restaurant, but the team behind it isn't new to rocking the local dining scene.

A few weeks ago, Andrea and Jackie Wallace, owners of the upscale Appalachian Grill under the bridge opened the new eatery, Ate Track Bar & Grill. It replaces the former Wall Street Cafe, which closed in April last year, and is a block or so from Appalachian Grill.

"It's close to Grill and a small location. There was no commute for us. No new city," Andrea Wallace told Cartersville Patch about opening the new bar and grill. "We transformed the whole space. It was a win-win for us. It was always our dream to open a rock-n-roll bar."

Open for lunch and dinner with a full bar, 13 beers on tap and vintage decor, Ate Track is clad in 60s and 70s pieces the Wallace's picked up at yard sales, The Salvation Army and on eBay, including old posters that line the ceiling and 45 records that grace the walls, Wallace said.

Diners enjoy music from the era, too, along with a big selection of menu items, according to Wallace. Options range from salads, sandwiches and burgers to tacos Wallace describes as "phenomenal" to "nice" entrees, Filet Mignon and sirloin.

"We've been doing very well," Wallace said. "We don't even have a now-open sign out and we've been really busy."

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Alex Mason January 11, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Looks great - can't wait to try it!
Michael January 11, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Be sure and take your earplugs as it is very loud.
Guinevere Khan January 11, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Okay sitting here now. Love the way it looks, nice atmosphere but there were only two tables occupied when we came in the door at 2:15 supposed to see the hostess for seating and she is nowhere to be seen. Stuck my head into the actual seating area and the staff was all at the other end of the bar talking. 10 more minutes I'm seated so we are looking at 2:35 at the table, finally looking at the menu. Lunch hour is blown away. Hope the food is worth it.
Guinevere Khan January 11, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Okay food does not compare to Appalachian at all. I ordered the sloppy tacos my husband ordered the chicken pesto rice bowl and we were both so disappointed, my tacos were so greasy that I couldn't eat them and his rice bowl was so plain, we have never had a meal from Appalachianlike this. It is 3:30 and we are going back to work hungry .
Donna January 12, 2013 at 04:03 AM
I guess the boss wasn't around, or this type of behavior would not have been tolerated. Hubby and I go to the Grill for special occasions and really loved "Hearth and Harvest", in fact we liked "Hearth and Harvest" better than the "Grill".
Michael January 12, 2013 at 04:00 PM
You were certainly in the minority or that place would still be open. I predict the same fate for Ate Track unless they make some serious adjustments.
Donna January 13, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Michael: Your point about "Hearth and Harvest" is well taken. I'm just saying, we've never had a bad meal there. I hope the Wallaces' listen to this well intended advice and make the changes, as you suggested. The Wallaces' are nice people and I wish them well.
Michael January 13, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I certainly do as well. Cartersville needs local dining spots and I am among the first and most frequent to patronize them. I pride myself on having one of the newest ranges in Cartersville.
Crissy W. January 14, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Is Hearth and Harvest still open? We have moved away from Cartersville and it used to be one of our favorite places to eat.
Donna January 15, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Hi Crissy W., No, Hearth and Harvest is no longer open. It's been replaced with a steak house.
Local Possum January 18, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Dined here for lunch yesterday. Very good food and great service. I have no complaints. Mr. Wallace came by our table personally to ask what we thought. It was a nice dining experience.
Kim davis January 19, 2013 at 01:17 PM
We loved it ! The crab cakes were awesome! Highly recommended !
Jim Towle February 01, 2013 at 08:03 PM
My wife and I had a horrible dining exprience today. Took a LONG time for server to show up and then he had very little knowledge of the menu - couldn't suggest anything for us to try. Just before he brought out our food, he explained that the portions would be small - like bar food. He was right - portion were like appetizers but with prices like the Appalachian Grill entrees. After then getting served the incorrect drink, we finished what we had and left hungry. We will NEVER go back! Unfortunate since we had high hopes for the nice looking establishment.
Johnny Ryall March 12, 2013 at 02:08 PM
My daughter just finished an evening acting class at The Grand next door. My wife and I had dinner here every Tuesday for 6 weeks beginning in February during her class time. We loved everything about Ate Track. The food is great and the menu is eclectic. I ordered something different every time and enjoyed every meal. The salmon was perfectly cooked, my wife fell in love with the Shrimp Po Boy Tacos, and my favorite was the grit cake with goat cheese. I don't recall the music as being too loud. However, they do play rock music from '67-'72. I guess a British invasion or blues guitar solo may seem loud compared to what you will hear at other restaurants. In any case, we had no problem hearing each other over the music. The decor is cool and they have a good beer selection. The service was great every time. We highly recommend Ate Track as a great place to have dinner in Cartersville.
Donna March 14, 2013 at 04:52 AM
It's great to hear when customers enjoy their dining experience in our local eateries. Last night we had company from out of state and decided to treat them to dinner at the Appalachian Grill. Had the 'Grill' been full or we had to wait any extended period of time, the Ate Track was to be our "Plan B". Alas, we didn't have to wait at all and I'm happy to say that all of our meals were superb! Hubby promised to take me to the Ate Track this weekend, something I'm really looking forward to.

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