If you’ve driven down Augusta by the baseball stadium recently, you’ve no doubt taken notice of the Gather GVL project. It’s similar, and yet radically different than the other mixed-use developments around town. Built from retired shipping containers, each home to a different vendor – 13 in all. It sounds awesome for work lunches because everyone can get the cuisine they want and eat together in the open air environment.
In addition to food, a few of the vendors serve beer and wine – a perfect stop to grab a bite to eat and a cold beer before a Greenville Drive game. The center courtyard even has a stage for live music.
The founders are the father-son duo of Doug and Mack Cross. They set out with a vision to create a venue where friends and families can engage in a casual, exciting atmosphere in which local restaurateurs and brewers hone their craft and do some delicious experimenting.
Hatched from the brain of Mack Cross, Gather GVL reflects his interest in adaptive reuse and sustainability. Additionally, Mack wanted to create a space where his wife, Ashley, and young children, Haywood, Landon, and Fielding, could frolic and thrive. Gather GVL is not only environmentally- friendly, it’s family-friendly as well. Both Doug and Mack are graduates of the University of Virginia, though Mack had the good sense to obtain a Masters in Real Estate Development from Clemson. Doug resides in downtown Greenville with his wife, Mary Beth, and enjoyed a successful 30 year career in the window manufacturing business before jumping into this new venture with his son.
It’s a great idea not only because it gives patrons a diverse choice of cuisine, but also the small spaces are perfect for small startups who need a storefront and foot traffic, but can’t necessarily afford to lease a large restaurant space downtown.