Hadaway’s Department Store was widely known in McDuffie County as early as the 1910s. The old rustic building sat unoccupied for years… until now. Ken and Lisa Sweet bought the building and began renovating the space from the ground up. Finally, after months of extensive work, the Sweets have turned the old building into the newest restaurant to hit Thomson, Georgia. The Sweets kept most of the exterior brick and the open beams inside of the 1900s building. The historic site was restored to its fullest potential, consequently providing the city with a terrific new dining spot.
Thomson’s history is closely tied to the Georgia Railroad. The city was named after the famous John Edgar Thomson, chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad system. Also, Thomson was well-known for completing the 173 mile long railroad from Augusta to Marthasville (present day Atlanta, Georgia) in 1845. Because the rich history of the railroad is alive in today’s town, the Sweets showcased this by renaming the Hadaway’s Building the Highrail Restaurant.
Highrail is a casual dining restaurant serving delicious Classic American and Southern fare. Highrail features an executive chef along with a team of culinary professionals. The menu offers a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees and sides for fuller or lighter meal options. There’s something to please everyone’s taste buds!
This family-friendly eatery is complete with a full bar. Patrons can enjoy a wide selection of specialty cocktails based on recipes collected from around the country, as well as beer, wines and spirits to complement any meal. Another great aspect of Highrail? We feature local entertainment on select nights, both during and after dinner hours! Our live entertainment provides an enjoyable and intimate setting for meals with friends and family. As a result, Highrail is the perfect spot for meetings, dates, a get-together with friends, family gatherings, and everything in between!
Highrail is convenient to all of the Western CSRA. We’re just off Hwy 17 in downtown Thomson, 3 miles off interstate 20 at exit 172.