MILLEDGEVILLE — After two young college guys decided to give up their “real jobs” to open an eatery in downtown Milledgeville in 1993, they never imagined the restaurant would become one of the premier go-to places for families and college students alike 20 years later.
Business partners Frank Pendergast and Mitch Brooks saw the historic downtown district as the perfect spot for The Brick.
“It really seemed like Milledgeville was right for something to happen downtown. At the time, downtown was relatively vacant, and the price was right,” Pendergast said. “We both worked in restaurants through college, so we put together a plan for opening up a pizza place.”
Originally located at 120 W. Hancock St., where Buffington’s currently operates, Brooks came up with the idea of calling the pizza joint Picasso’s.
“I inserted the name The Brick. When [Brooks] was explaining how big the building was, he said it was about as big as a basketball court. One of my many nicknames in high school while on the basketball team was ‘The Brick’ for my lack of ability to perform well,” Pendergast said. “That’s actually how the name was inspired, but it works because we use brick ovens though it’s not the true reason for the name.”
The local restaurant moved next door to its current larger location in 1999.
“We’re a casual restaurant that appeals to both the local community and college students; it’s the place to see, be seen and connect with your neighbors. We’re edgy enough for college students to come out and tame enough for recent graduates and graduates from 20 years past to feel comfortable and at home,” Pendergast said. “We try to be mindful of our customers and appreciate people who have supported us for the last 20 years and hopefully another 20 years.”