White gains two new eateries
by Matt Shinall
Dec 08, 2012 | 1731 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two new restaurants have opened in recent months in one of Bartow’s smallest municipalities. Since August, White has welcomed The Meating Place Cafe and La Cabaña to the city’s dining options.

Both located on U.S. Highway 411, The Meating Place Cafe and La Cabaña join Wes Man’s, White’s veteran dining establishment, for a trio of restaurants in the small town.

The three restaurants look to benefit from a flurry of new activity in the area, first with the relocation of Cass High School, expansion projects planned at Toyo Tire and now the construction of voestalpine, the first company set to make a home in Highland 75 — a 700-acre industrial park on Cass-White Road.

The first of the two new restaurants to open its doors was The Meating Place Cafe, at 3367 Highway 411. Tracy Bennett and Jane Shellhorse Bennett reopened The Meating Place after a hiatus from the restaurant business. The late Rick Mason originally owned and operated The Meating Place in Cartersville before the Bennetts took over in 2006. Their decision to reopen was unplanned, but when the opportunity presented itself, they felt it was meant to be.

Returning to the food-service industry, Tracy Bennett has used The Meating Place Cafe as an outreach, feeding those in need on Thanksgiving with plans to do the same for Christmas.

“It came down to just timing and opportunity. I call it one of those God things. I think it was just meant to be. We’ve been using it as a ministry as much as a restaurant,” Bennett said. “In conjunction with the Gift Ark Foundation, which I founded last year, we put together a Thanksgiving meal. We fed a lot of homeless, we went to four tent towns, we made two trips to Hickory Log and we had several people bussed in to the restaurant.

“We conducted a church service here at the restaurant at about 11 o’clock and we started feeding about 2. It was a real blessing. I think I got more out of it than I was able to give.”

The Meating Place Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, specializing in hamburgers, sandwiches, steak, seafood and homemade dessert. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again on Thursday and Friday in the evening from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call 770-334-2442 or search for The Meating Place Cafe on Facebook.

Just to the south, at 3201 Highway 411, Blanca Suarez has opened her first restaurant with La Cabaña. Originally from Mexico, Suarez is not new to the business, she helped her sister open and operate La Naranja in Cartersville. Stepping out on her own, Suarez chose to fill a need she saw for Mexican cuisine in Bartow’s rural communities.

“La Cabaña means little cabin. The owner was looking for a place to open a restaurant and she was looking around town and when she passed, she thought this place looked like a little cabin,” said manager Israel Hernandez. “I think she originally wanted to find a place in Cartersville, but eventually she decided to go to White, because she knew there were no Mexican restaurants in White and she has friends that live in White and always said they wished they had a Mexican restaurant in White.”

La Cabaña offers typical Mexican fare and delivery. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.