Now vacant, the former Crafty Hog and Howard’s restaurants in Smyrna will be transformed into a special event center - primarily for weddings. (Courtesy of

Smyrna approves special event center

A special event center has been approved by the Smyrna City Council.

The facility will be on 1.84 acres at 652 Concord Road.

About 60 events a year, with an average of 175 people per event, are anticipated, according to applicant Drew Ihrig.

He told the Council he is gearing this project toward Atlanta’s wedding market but not to compete against the city and its facilities.

The rezoning from Neighborhood Shopping to General Commercial was approved by the Council so that the existing building can be used as the special event center.

Vacant now for about a year, the building was used as a restaurant for Crafty Hog and previously Howard’s Restaurant.

No changes to the exterior of the building are proposed, and the same 105 parking spaces will be maintained.

However, Ihrig said he plans to replace the sand patio and bocce ball court with gravel, trees and decorative plants.

The current legal occupancy is 340 people, but Ihrig said he does not anticipate any more than 250 at each event.


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