Michael Marler saw an opportunity to fill a need in Thomson. It was one he noticed when his family moved here about two years ago.
Abigail's on Main owner Michael Marler works in a dining area Tuesday.
Because of his experience in the food service industry, Mr. Marler wanted to open a new sandwich shop, Abigail's on Main, in the former Pickles and Ice cream location in downtown Thomson. The grand opening is set for Tuesday, July 18.
"There's always been a desire, down deep, to have my own place," Mr. Marler said. "Thomson needed something, and I was restless. I wanted to do something, so it was a good fit. It was a good place to start it."
With the coming downtown redevelopment in Thomson, Mr. Marler hopes to "catch the wave" of businesses locating in the area and provide the town with more than just a place to eat.
"From what I've been listening to, people are excited about having another place downtown to keep from having to go to the interstate," he said.
The restaurant's menu won't have the normal fast food-type cuisine. Instead it will include salad, soup and a variety of hot and cold sandwiches.
"No hamburgers. No French fries. No scrambled eggs and bacon," Mr. Marler said.
Abigail's on Main will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to serve a wide range of customers.
"That way, if you need to meet somebody over a cup of coffee, there's another place that you can just come in and have a cup of coffee, maybe a muffin or slice of banana bread or something like that," Mr. Marler said.
For those interested in learning the story behind the restaurant's name, they will have to wait. An explanation will be included in the menu. But until then, Mr. Marler is enjoying the task of getting his own place up and running.
"This is a labor of love," he said. "I enjoy cooking. I enjoy serving people, so I just wanted to give something to Thomson where they could come and have lunch or dinner."
Mr. Marler came to Thomson when his wife Liza was given the job as associate pastor at the First United Methodist Church. He said they hope her assignment here will last for at least two more years until their daughter graduates from high school. After that, they hope to stay in the Augusta area.