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Did you Know our trademark flame is more than just a logo?
It is a symbol of rich history of the Covington Square and its very building itself. Like a Phoenix rising from the proverbial ashes, the Mystic Grill was birthed by Fire.
Serving as a grocery store in the mild to late 1800s,
the space later became the R.W Bagby Saloon. Then, in 1883 on the Eve of the New Year, a large fire erupted in the saloon where it quickly grew, engulfing the north side of the Square in flames. This massive five-alarm fire managed to reduce the saloon, the courthouse, and a large portion of the square to ash.
The Community came together quickly to reconstruct the Covington Courthouse, and the historic tower, a cherished piece of our town square.
Made famous a little over a century later by the television show, In the Heat of the Night, the clock tower can be seen during the opening credits. W'd love for you to make the short trip up to our roof top deck, where you can get an un-matched view of the clock tower in all its glory.
The reconstruction of the square in the 1890s brought with it inspiration from the west coast,
specifically from a Mr. C.s. Thompson who is early 1900, purchased the north corner, where this building now resides. a trip to San Francisco encouraged him to bring back to a southern setting, some of the architectural featured he'd seen while on his travel. Upon his return home Mr. Thompson assembled a team who built what became one of the most ornate buildings on the square; the bank of Covington. It boasted two grand columns that flanked the main entrance and a rounded portico that sat atop. Beautiful brass balustrade's adorned the roof line and large arched windows lined either side. The interior was equally impressive; Italian marble wainscoting, mahogany fixture, ornate tie ceilings, and a mosaic tile floor.
The bank moved to their new location sometime in 1931, opening the building to a variety of local businesses.
The building went through several changes in the following years, including a slight renovation in the 1950s, in which they covered the arched a storefront system. Additional changes were made in the late 70s, then again in the 80s, eventually becoming home to a local; CPA and law firm.
In 2009, by either, fate or luck, west coast culture came calling again when a Los Angeles based television series,
The vampire Diaries, put the building back on the map. The show's producers loved the look of the building and decided to make this building the exterior facade of one of their sets, a bar called mystic Grill. From 2009 on wards, the show continued to film here, even hanging a sign above the door.
But, the building just couldn't escape it's fiery past, when in spring of 2012, another fire occurred.
Unlike the fire in the late 1800s that tore through the town square, this is one instead claimed the interior. The building sat damaged and empty until purchased by two local couples in 2013.
Thus began the journey to create a new space, to create a real Mystic Grill.
the producers of the vampire Diaries happily invited the new owners to visit and take pictures of the popular show,s "Mystic Grill" set. Our large fireplace, Tiffany scones, tiles floor, and the blue stained glass behind the bar were all reproduced from pictures taken of the set.
As We continued to breathe the life back into the original structure, the fire, damaged walls soon un covered a variety of buried treasures.
Remnants of the original mosaic tile and beautiful brick work thought. During the construction process we took great care to reinforce the arches in the large windows you see in our main dining room, the original arches were pulled as a result, one of which can now be seen hanging above the bar.
We invited you to take a closer look at the original tin ceilings in our Lounge area,
locate on the second floor loft space. Book your next party of 12 or less in the aptly named, Tin Room, located on the main level behind the stairs. Large event? call in or ask your server to reserve the Door Room; with walls lined in old re-claimed wooden doors, our unique banquet space can accommodate up to 35 people with access to a 65 inch TV capable of running power point for your next business meeting, family get together, or Supper Bowl party.
The Mystic Grill is happy to be a member of the historical Covington Square.
We hope you will enjoy our visit with us and we appreciate your continued patronage.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
Come enjoy this new bar and grill featuring Southern cuisine with a modern twist and a fresh seasonal menu. Experience live music and roof top dining or stop in our gift shop "The Alley" that is full of great merchandise, including Peach State Pride along with local artists' creations. Mystic Grill is not just a restaurant , it is an experience! So stop by for a "bite" and check out what this newest Covington Ga restaurant has to offer!