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Disappointment abounds with closing of two popular restaurants in downtown Calhoun

Within days of each other, downtown Calhoun restaurants Wall Street Grille, located at 117 South Wall Street, and Wing Me Up, located at 408 Court Street, shut their doors. Eddie Yap, who owns both establishments, claims his decision was solely based on the restaurants not making money.

"I don't want to close them," said Yap. "When I pass by, especially by Wall Street Grille, I do think the location should be a good restaurant area. But it's just not happening and I don't know why. It's just not making any money," said Yap.

Yap said the two restaurants combined are losing between $5,000 and $15,000 each month.

Yap is visibly disappointed that the restaurants in downtown Calhoun did not pan out. A professional restaurateur, he owns five other successful restaurants throughout North Georgia, including Blue Fin in Rome, and the popular Okinawa restaurants in Cartersville and Adairsville.

Yap opened Wall Street Grille in September 2016. The restaurant offered a varied menu of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, pastas and salads. There was also a piano lounge and bar, which hosted various Happy Hour events.

Two months later, in November 2016, Yap opened Wing Me Up, in the former Dukes building. The establishment served a variety of reasonably priced items including appetizers, soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches and more than 15 styles of chicken wings.

"All of my other restaurants are doing really well," said Yap. "But (these two) are not getting better, so that's why I've decided to close."

Yap said that he is selling both buildings. The Wing Me Up property is located in a strip mall, which Yap owns and is selling the strip mall as a whole.

Anyone interested in buying the buildings can contact Yap at

Hamilton to offer "Take it to Heart" program

DALTON, Ga. – In celebration of American Heart Month, Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) will offer its next Take it to Heart Program on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 at scheduled times. The program includes a free cardiac risk assessment and information to help you prevent future heart problems.

"By knowing your risk, you can take steps to avoid heart disease," said Stephen Rohn, MD, cardiologist.

Take it to Heart is a two-part program. The first part consists of an educational seminar in the Brown Auditorium at HMC, presented by Rohn. His presentation includes education on causes, risk and genetic factors, diet, exercise, symptoms, treatments and medications.

The second part, held at Hamilton Diagnostics Center, is a cardiac risk assessment including blood pressure, calcium scoring, lab work (total cholesterol and HDL), height, weight and a series of questions.

This program is free and open to anyone who has not participated in Take it to Heart in the last five years, is not currently being treated by a cardiologist, has not had stents put in, and has at least two of the following risk factors: Family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, history of smoking and being overweight.

A physician's order for the cardiac scoring is required. Please have your physician send this order to Hamilton Diagnostics Center on or before Feb. 20 in order to receive your free CT scan. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call 706-272-6114.

If you would like to attend this event and need assistance with interpretation services and/or auxiliary aids, please indicate when registering.

To register or for more information, call 706-272-6114. Space is limited.

Increased risk for heart disease

• Family history of heart disease

• Smoking

• High blood cholesterol

• High blood pressure

• Physical inactivity

• Obesity

• Diabetes

• Poor response to stress

• Drinking too much alcohol

Organizers gearing up for annual Black History Basketball Classic

Organizers for the annual Calhoun-Gordon County Black History Basketball Classic are inviting the public to sign up to participate in either the men's or women's game.

According to Walter Harris, this year's organizer and chairman of the Martin Luther King Commission, women are invited to participate in their own game this year.

The game is held in recognition of Black History Month, and to honor the alumni of Stephens High School, which will be done with a special ceremony at halftime of the game. Stephens High School was located on West Line Street in Calhoun and served local African-American students prior to segregation in the 1960's.

Any former players who, as Harris said, "still have it," can call to reserve a spot on a team to play in the game.

The game will be held on a Saturday evening in March. Organizers need players to sign up so they can determine the best day to hold the event.

Harris also requests that any former cheerleaders, from any school in Gordon County (Calhoun, Gordon Central, Sonoraville, Fairmount and Red Bud included), to dust off their pom-poms and cheer at the game. "We want to see a lot of support from the community for this special event," said Harris. "It will be a great family time, full of food, fun and fellowship."

For more information, call Harris at 706-263-4584.