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Opening of the Rusty Grill restaurant on Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The Panhandle Restaurant Group will soon bring a new restaurant concept to Panama City Beach.

The Rusty Grill, a Southern-style restaurant, is set to open Sunday at 2920 Thomas Drive, the former site of the Half Baked Oyster Bar and Grill, which closed about a month ago. Scheduled hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The restaurant’s owner, Rusty Finallyger, said he was excited to begin welcoming customers into a welcoming, family-like atmosphere.

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The Rusty Grill is set to open Sunday at 2920 Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach.

“We know people are excited about what’s coming up here,” Finallyger said. “We really hope our guests leave here knowing our sense of family. We wanted to have a place where everyone could come and relax while enjoying great food.”

The Rusty Grill will bring the flavors of Southern and Coastal cuisine, selling everything from steaks, grilled and fried seafood, wings, burgers, salads and desserts. The restaurant will also offer ice cream floats, low-carb options and a kids’ menu.

Most menu items will be made using house recipes and special branded seasonings. As the business grows, the owners said there are plans to expand menu options to provide more variety.

From left, restaurant owner Rusty Finallyger, general manager Zach Marlar and PRG owner Chris McMillan pictured inside the Rusty Grill.

Additionally, televisions fill every wall of the restaurant, making it a new hub for enjoying seasonal sports and entertainment. It will also offer indoor seating and outdoor patio seating on a covered patio.

Everyone was on deck to open the new restaurant,FINGER said. The Rusty Grill was originally slated to open on November 1, but it only took three weeks before the restaurant began to take shape, which sped up the process.

“The opening of this restaurant went without a hitch,” Finallyger said. “We acted very quickly and it took a lot of hard work. We are very grateful to everyone on our team for helping to make this happen so soon.”

The team will be putting the finishing touches on the restaurant this week.

Chris McMillan, owner of PRG, said The Rusty Grill is the first location to open and that depending on the restaurant’s success, the company plans to open two additional restaurants in Bay County – considering locations in Callaway and Lynn Haven.

The Rusty Grill offers indoor and outdoor seating on a covered patio, with TVs filling every wall of the restaurant

McMillan said PRG plans to bring at least four new restaurant concepts to Bay County, including C-Macs, Teriyaki Madness, Big Chicken and a third RibCrib location.

“Over the next five years, we hope to have opened about 150 restaurants and have at least 10 of those restaurants in Bay County,” McMillan said. “We have great plans with PRG and are excited to continue to grow in the community.”

PRG is a Christian company that has been operating out of Panama City for over three years. The company owns RibCrib locations in Callaway and Panama City and nearly 40 restaurants in the southeastern states of Louisiana, Georgia, Arkansas and Florida.

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