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LakePoint To Bring 20 Restaurants

Officials, who Friday held an open house, say more than 1 million square feet of mixed-use and retail space and about 4,000 hotel rooms will accompany fields and sporting facilities.

The massive sports development now underway in Emerson will bring about 20 new restaurants and 4,000 hotel rooms to and , according to officials who Friday held an open house for invited guests.

Which restaurants and retailers would you like to see in Emerson? Tell us in the comments.

LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center partners—including former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, current Braves Manager Fredi Gonzales and Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost—hosted development partners, local dignitaries and "friends of LakePoint" at the construction site trailer at 755 Highway 293, officials said in a press release. Guests got an up close view of LakePoint property and met partners and tenants, such as Perfect Game and Braveheart Sports Events, a partnership between North Atlanta Soccer Association and LB3 Lacrosse.

Officials added LakePoint—the privately-funded, more than 1,400-acre mixed-use development set to include a core 262-acre sports complex to play host to baseball, lacrosse and soccer tournaments for 10 months each year—will include more than 1 million square feet of mixed-use and retail space.

Called "," the development is expected to bring , becoming one of the largest employers in northwest Georgia; a 17-acre ; a number of retailers, possibly including .

“The main goal of this project is to balance mission and margin," Cox said in the release. “First and foremost, [the] LakePoint project will enhance the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of our youth—our future—by participation in team sports. And, it will develop the ultimate youth sports destination in the world, bringing unparalleled economic impact to the local community and region.”

In addition to a 114,000-square-foot indoor facility for lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, baseball, volleyball, gymnastics and cheerleading events, the development is set to include 16 baseball and 14 lacrosse/soccer fields for tournaments, a FIFA II-certified field for NCAA and international soccer events, and the world’s biggest synthetic turf sports complex by Sportexe, a division of Shaw Industries.

LakePoint also will be home to three major tenants: for baseball recruiting for collegiate, minor and major league scouts; LB3 Lacrosse, one of the nation’s premier organizers of Lacrosse camps, clinics and tournament travel teams; and North Atlanta Soccer Association, the largest youth soccer organizations in the southeast. 

With the development, Bartow and Emerson will become "the unparalleled sports destination in the U.S.," officials say. The first pitch, kick and shot are slated for 2013.

For more on LakePoint, see Cartersville Patch's special section dedicated to the development: LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center.

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Rhonda February 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Sticky Fingers, Johnny Rockets, Bob Evans. Landry's Seafood or Legal Seafood, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changs
gina February 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
my lord redneck heaven why dont you just ask for another walmart good grief we need something decent to eat but i dont see that happening in bartow county!!! :)
Bill Thrasher February 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM
At least ONE fine dining restaurant. choose it carefully and court them to set up. Perhaps like the old City Grille in Atlanta, or one of the Peasant type restaurants...D Morgan's could have a good location there
Beck February 13, 2012 at 05:40 PM
olive garden,o'charley's
Theresa Carlisle February 14, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Love, love, love Cheesecake Factory, Bone Fish, and Outback!! Just saying!
Cindy February 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Maggiano's! Five Guys, Olive Garden, Steak N' Shake, a decent pizza restaurant.
janice February 14, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The Varsity
Stephanie Wilkins February 15, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Macaroni Grill, PF Chang .
Stephanie Wilkins February 15, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Macaroni Grill, PF Chang, Jason's Deli, Sweet Tomatoes, and Panera Bread
Vincent wiley February 17, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Bahamas breeze and bass pro shop would suffice!
Nunaya Business February 29, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Stoney River Legendary Steaks!!! Ruth Cris Steakhouse Get Pano's and Paul involved Create - Ray's - On The Toona !?! Find the Best - All American, country, home cooking restaurant in the southeast and bring it here!!!! This should be a good start
Amy Farr March 03, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Maggiano's, Cheesecake Factory, and a good Thai & Indian restuarant would be great!
Nancy Cook March 12, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Adairsville messed up getting Cabella's.........Emerson might be smart to try to get them near this huge sports' complex............or Bass Pro Shops!
Rhonda Worley April 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Menchi's and Longhorns.
Mark April 03, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Please. no O'Charleys, no Applebees, no Chilis. How about a restaurant where they won't let you wear hats and camoflauge. Or how about a restaurant where there are no children under 12 allowed. How about Brio's or Houstons, something with a dress code.
WANDA J CORNELIUS May 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN TOWN IS OKNAWAHA CAN'T SPELL BUT IT IS GREAT APPLEBYS OLIVE GARDEN APPLACIAN GRILL FROM WANDA CORNELIUS wandacrnls@yahoo.com
JS May 15, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Tin Drum, Jimmy Johns, Chipotle, Mellow Mushroom, Taco Mac, Kani House, Stoney River, Sugo, Octane or Land of a Thousand Hills (coffee), Doc Green's, Suno Desserts, Chick-fil-A : Places with healthier options, as I'm recommended to read the next article "Obesity in America, the 'Fattest' Country" in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen... Please, no Olive Garden, Applebee's, Red Lobster, Maggiano's, Chili's, Macaroni Grill, or any other chain you find at EVERY other suburban corner in the United States. The places I named are big enough to have the capital to open a new location, but are unique enough to add value to the experience. Thanks.
rob June 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Stoney River, O'Charley's, Five Guys, Boston Market, Olive Garden, Bob Evans, Cheesecake Factory, Williamson Brothers BBQ, Varsity and a good seafood restaurant.
Frank Boyle August 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Bartow/ Lakepoint needs the following restaurants...Logans Steak House, Mellow Mushroom, The Atlanta Fish Market, Trader Vics, Ruth's Chris Steak House, No Masi Cantina, Jasons Deli, Woodfire Grill, Carrabba's Italian Grill,The Cheesecake Factory. It would give a better choice and selection/ answer to the question asked.." Where do you want to go for Dinner?", cause right now Bartow/ Cartersville doesn't have a big selection or choices.
Karen Howard August 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM
This is a sporting facility - we can't turn away the kids!!!!!
Karen October 06, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Definately Jason's Deli and Mellow Mushroom!! We travel for soccer everywhere and those type restaurants are key. For nicer dining a Houston's for sure! For your more basic but pretty decent food. Cheesecake Factory. Also would love to see an Academy Sports come here!!
Polly Thacker November 03, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Would love to have a Steak N Shake & Golden Corral.
Adam jones November 09, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Firehouse subs!!!!!
steve March 20, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Id like to see a new krystal and a new wafflee house and a tobbaco shop and a new bait store and a new dental clinic and a redneck flag store.
Bill Martin March 21, 2013 at 01:53 AM
How about some actual decent restaurants like an Outback, PF Changs, Maggianoss, or Olive Garden. We have enough redneck places in the area already. I guess Bass Pro Shops would be okay for the redneck group. I still would like to see a place where no camo attire was allowed and no hats were permitted and no bib overalls and where a bath had to have been taken in the past twenty four hours and where the women were not allowed to wear sweat pants and had to have actually run a comb through their hair before they.came into the place. Oh yeah, if they wear dentures they actually had to have them in. I swear, you go into some of these restaurants around here and it looks like the Culhanes and Beverly Hillbillies are having a family reunion.
Bill Martin March 21, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Seriously, this may sound harsh but they need to bring at least one restaurant where a family with a zoo full of undisciplined kids can't afford to eat. Some place a couple can go for an nice quiet evening of romantic dining that's going to run you $80-$100 or so for a meal for two where you are expected to dress up for the occasion and really enjoy getting out for a couple of hours. We really don't have that in Bartow.
CHEFKING May 03, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Houston's Restaurant and a Brazilian Steak House
DarciM. June 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Culver's!!!! Fazzoli's.... Cheddar's...Joes crab shack/Ray's (Alatoona) anything but the "normal chain" (ie) applebees ..ruby tues..olive garden...blah blah boring!!!!
Trannie Abernathy Davis July 01, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Olive Garden , Fatz, , Outback steakhouse , Mellow Mushroom. I would also like to see Coldwater Dress Shop .
Karri-Marie Baskin August 05, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Carrabbas Italian Grill. The food is so much better than Olive Garden.

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