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Local No. 7 Opens on Main Street

The restaurant features burgers, sandwiches, and entrees, and is home to Main Street's only full bar.

The Local No. 7 opened in downtown Tucker on Thursday. The much-anticipated restaurant, located at the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue, features a variety of sandwiches and burgers, as well as entrees after 4 p.m. Desserts are provided by Southern Sweets bakery, and the restaurant features a full bar including seven beer taps, a variety of bottled beer, wine, and cocktails.

Burger selections include "Burgers We've Built" including the John Henry, which is made up of seven patties and seven slices of cheese, topped with bacon and a fried egg. Priced at $20, the menu heckles "Finish and you're on our wall of fame...Don't and it's the wall of shaaaaaame!!!" 

Other burgers are sized and priced a little more reasonably (half pound angus beef patties, chicken, or black bean burgers, all between $7.50 and $9.50 depending on toppings). The sandwiches include both hot and cold varieties ranging from $7 to $9. All burgers and sandwiches are served with fries or tots.

The entrees, available after 4 p.m., include roasted chicken, fish and chips, pulled pork, and steak frites (flatiron steak with fries and side salad). 

A kids menu is also available. Children have the choice of five entrees (slider, hot dog, corn dog, chicken fingers, and macaroni and cheese), each priced at $5.

When I went into the restaurant today, I was intending to snap a few photos, check out the menu, and report back, but not necessarily review. They've only been open for a day and a half, so it hardly seems fair to critique them just yet. But, I have to say I was quite impressed.  I ended up eating with four other Patch writers and editors, so we tried quite a variety of food.

The tot stack was a glorious mess of an appetizer with tater tots topped with Brunswick stew and cheddar cheese. Normally not my style at all, but I couldn't stop eating it. For entrees, we tried several different sandwiches including the BLT&A, the California, and the Garden Sandwich. Again, not much talking other than "this is really good," and "here, try a bite." The fries, which both our server and James Maggard, the owner, mentioned as being hand-cut and double fried, were perfect. 

I arrived just after opening at 11 a.m., hoping to chat with the staff and take a few pictures before it got too crowded. Good decision on my part, as the restaurant was packed with Tucker locals by noon. As one patron, Katherine Obarowski, said, "It was yummy. I ran into everybody and his brother there. I love that Tucker small-town feel!"

The staff, too, were talking about the vibe of the Tucker community and how excited they were to be there. As one other patron mentioned, "It's a great fit. It doesn't even feel new. It's just comfortable, like it's always been here." 

The Local No. 7 is owned by the same that brought the Matador Cantina to Oakhurst and Glenwood Park. A seasoned and successful professional, he was very present in the dining room during the lunch shift, taking the time to ask for honest feedback from customers. Service got a little backlogged right around noon, but I couldn't complain, as I sat around talking with friends and colleagues for over an hour before ordering my entree, so it was my own fault my order got stuck behind the nine-top. The friendliness and courtesy of the staff more than made up for the few extra minutes we waited for food, and the food was worth waiting for.

There was quite a backlog on Friday night too, and the staff was somewhat taken aback by the sheer number of people waiting to be served. 

And why "The Local No. 7?" Rumor has it the restaurant is named for CSX's seventh railroad stop in Tucker, as well as the original seven churches and seven schools that made up the community and the seven miles it took to reach the next municipalities. Not to mention seven is believed by many to be a lucky number.

In fairness to this brand new restaurant, Patch will conduct a full review following several more visits and after more time has elapsed. The vibe of both the restaurant itself and the people within indicates this may be the place that Tucker has been waiting for.     

Jennifer Burrell September 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM
I really enjoyed our lunch there, and I'm looking forward to bringing my family one day next week!
James September 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM
This is James, owner of Local 7. We are open and have been overwhelmed with love and support from the community. We are doing or best to keep up and thank everyone in advance for their patients as we grow with this wonderful town.
Katy Halberg September 17, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Had lunch there today, and will definitely be back again... and again!!
Sue September 18, 2011 at 12:36 AM
James, 1.5 hrs and our order never went in, we'll give it another try in a month but the waiter ignoring us and our hostess having to serve our drinks, dinner at mcdonalds -- good luck. I'm rooting for u guys , but u gotta step up the service
Sabrina September 18, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Had dinner with my family and the neighbors here tonight. We had a blast and the food was pretty good, too. I would recommend the chicken sandwich, very juicy. Best comment of the night, "Beer on Main St., imagine that!" We will be back! And my 3 yr old loved that he could ride his bike home afterward.
Art Wood September 18, 2011 at 01:45 AM
3 cheers for Local #7... one cheer for each time I have been there in the last 30 hours! I had lunch on Thurs and Friday as well as drinks there on Friday night. I have loved every second there. Yeah, it was slow on Friday night, but who in the world expects to pack their restaurant with a 30 minute wait on the 3rd day it was open!! What a great problem to have. For those that know me, you know that I needed the extra time to run around and talk to all of my friends there. We look forward to spending lots of time at Local #7 (as I type my wife is headed there again for drinks..lol)
Pat Kuzela September 18, 2011 at 02:46 AM
For years, Tucker has been desperate for a place like this, but they're going to lose repeat customers if they don't attend to important details.....like waiting on you promptly when you get settled at your table.....like serving fries that are not burned....like cooking a burger ordered "medium rare" not all the way to "medium"....like picking up your payment within a few minutes when you're ready to leave. Maybe the kitchen was understaffed, or maybe the wait staff was inexperienced, but mid-day on Saturday should have been a better experience than this.
The Scarlet Pimpernel September 18, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Bitterman, party of one...
chris September 19, 2011 at 03:05 PM
My husband and I went there for lunch on Thursday, the first day they opened. James, the owner, spent quite a bit of time talking to us and we could tell that he was committed to running a successful restaurant in Tucker. We had no complaints regarding the food although he did encourage us to speak up if anything was wrong. We went back on Saturday afternoon to watch football with some other people. John was our waiter and he did an excellent job taking care of us. We ordered drinks and couple of the Tater Tot appetizers. I admit not the healthiest thing on the menu, but boy was it good. He did tell us that on Friday night the place was packed and the kitchen got overwhelmed with the crowd but hey, they just opened and I'm sure James will be hiring accordingly. I really do hope this restaurant makes it because it is a great additon to Main Street. Those of you who did not have a good first experience please give it another try.
Loweezy98 September 19, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Family checked it out Saturday night. It will be a while before we head back as they need to work out some kinks on the service. Our waitress took drink orders (once) and then put in our food order. Drinks came out promptly, but we were never asked again if we'd like anything else to drink, Seeing that our food order took near an hour to produce and we had a child ready to fall asleep in the booth, we could have used another drink. When our orders arrived, mine was not the pulled pork plate that I ordered, but the pulled pork sandwhich. The waitress did not catch this and I had to ask her to fix our bill. The pork is good and I would order again, but they seriously need to get up to speed. Our waitress, who indicated it was her first day, was seating people, taking drink orders (a lot for others - not for us) and apparently refilling paper products in the restroom. I had to actually go and find her to ask the status of our dinner at the 40 minute mark. Since the owner has two other establishments, I expected that these kinds of staffing issues would have already been anticipated prior to their opening. Or, he underestimated how desperate Tucker was for this kind of dining.
Jeff Patch (no relation to Tucker Patch) September 19, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Anyone who had a less than stellar experience, try to remember your first week at your job. Were you fully up to speed by day three? Be honest. This place is a great addittion to Tucker, and, like every restaurant that has ever existed, it will take some time before everything operates perfectly.
Lisa Kuebler September 19, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Loweezy98 - I think you may have hit the nail on the head when you said "he underestimated how desperate Tucker was for this kind of thing." I doubt that most restaurants experience the volume that Local 7 has in the first 4 days. James has said repeatedly how overwhelmed and appreciative they are of all of the support from Tucker. I'm confident that he'll get all the kinks worked out if given the chance.
James September 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Thanks for the feed back we are defiantly trying to get our feet under us and will make sure your next time out is much better. We are amazed at the support we have received and were not ready for such a turn out. We will do better..
James September 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Yes it should have and I apologize. We will do better in the future. You feed back is very valuable.
Kevin Madigan (Editor) September 19, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Correction: The owner's name is James Maggard.
Frank Nance September 20, 2011 at 09:21 PM
I've lived in Tucker for a long time, and the Local No. 7 is a LONG AWAITED bar/restaurant on Main St. I hope this stimulates the downtown Tucker business community, and causes more locals to go downtown and shop instead of driving into Atlanta. Welcome, Local No. 7! Frank Nance, Tucker Yellow Pages www.tuckeryellowpages.com
Janis Van Veen October 11, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Great menu and sandwiches. Staff great, you are waited on in a timely manner. Finally Tucker has a new place for lunch hour.
Michele October 17, 2011 at 01:35 PM
While I am thrilled with the new Local 7 & the type of restuarant it is, there is defiantely some kinks to be worked out. We ate there Sat., Oct. 8th. for a meal about 8:00 p.m. The waitstaff was very nice & helpful. We ordered the Tot Stack as the appetizer. That was really good so we thought this could go well. We found our drinks to be rather expensive. I ordered the BLT & A. It appeared to be 1 slice of an overcooked bacon crumbled on the slice of bread, the lettuce was crisp, the tomato slice was barely a sliver and as for the avocado, it was thinner than the tomato, plus my toast was burnt. However the sauce was good. As the side dish I tried the Sweet Potato Fries. There was no seasoning on them and they were barely luke warm. My husband had the Hot Ham & Cheese. It states "piles of ham". There were maybe 2 very thin slices of ham. It was also squished in a panini style, that was fine but you had to search for anything on it as well. He had regular fries & said his were cold. For the $15 for the 2 sandwiches, I could have bought a loaf of bread, 1 lb of bacon, cheese & some ham and fed my family of 4. We just expected a bit more of a sandwich. I realize you're still new at this but as a good rule of thumb if it doesn't look like you would eat it, then I wouldn't serve it. The menu looks great otherwise but I'll wait for others to try it. I hope you can work out these bugs!! We'll wait for others to go & leave feedback before we decide to go back again.
Sunshine October 22, 2011 at 02:13 AM
We ate there tonight, Friday, October 21st. They were winding down from their dinner rush. the cocktails were well made. Good bartender. The hamburgers were good too. But the fried pickles were greasy and had bits of fried onions or something or other mixed in that was mostly just balls of greasy breading and the mac n cheese was tasty until you got half way through and it was floating in about 1/8 cup of oil or separated butter (the fat part.) The grilled rueben did not seem grilled. It seemed more like toast with some decent with a decent tasting but skimpy portion of corned beef inside. Never even tasted the sour kraut but saw some in there, just not authentic in any way. The edges of the bread were hard and crunchy... like toast gets, not like properly buttered and grilled bread should be. I want this place to do well but the chef definitely needs to train the cooks better and someone needs to put quality control on the outgoing food since I would be hard pressed to order anything other than a burger or something like salad next time.
Bob Kaufman October 23, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Good food, good service so far, and cheap entertainment compliments of CSX Railroad. What more could one ask for? James M is doing a good job training his staff to provide everything above as well can be expected for a new establishment. In due time, this will prove to be worthwhile. The food is delicious, the service has vastly improved, and the trains keep on comin'. Also, Main street is 99% finished which makes it even more worth while in coming to downtown Tucker.. Good job James !!!!
Shawn November 26, 2011 at 05:45 AM
We went today for a late lunch and a couple of beers after a round of golf. What a cool place! Great food/nice portions. We'll be back!
Kevin Madigan (Editor) November 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Shawn - Check out a new review of the place tomorrow right here on Patch.
Joy December 06, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Finally got there first week in December. Arrived early on a Sat evening and the joint was jumping soon after (GA vs. LSU helped fill the bar I bet!). My turkey Reuben was awesome with a side of fried pickles. My friend was disappointed in the fried chicken (sorry Chef!) as well as the green beans which she sent back for another side veg. (I tried the beans and they were definitely wrong.) That being said, I enjoyed MY meal in the midst of fellow Tuckerites alot. Will be back soon for a burger, a beer and one of those desserts!

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