'Treat Place' now a calling



As a single mom working two jobs and raising her children, Donna Driskell says she had little spare time to herself.

When she did, Driskell said she considered Corner Cafe at 2206 Dawson Road her “treat place.”

Much has changed since those not-too-distant days. Now, Driskell is owner of the local eatery.

Driskell bought the restaurant Jan. 4 and hit the ground running in an attempt to maintain customers and to regain those who might not have been enamored during the most recent regime.

Driskell has worked with original owner Rachelle Bitterman on recipes and food preparation in her bid to bring the facility up to standards set by the Bittermans and another former owner, Jay Sharpe.

When Driskell closed the restaurant this past Sunday, she and her staff went into remodel mode. Walls and ceilings are being painted. New wood flooring is being installed in the dining area, and the service and kitchen areas will have stained concrete floors. New walls are being added in the kitchen area, and new ceiling fans are being installed throughout.

“We decided to overhaul everything and service the equipment while it was out for the remodeling,” Driskell said.

She credits property owner Larry Walden with assisting her in the property renovation.

Driskell said she also plans several additions to the menu.

“We’re going to still do all the standards, but we are adding more vegetarian items, a few specialty sandwiches and some new specials during the week,” she said.

Driskell closed the restaurant part of this week to accommodate the remodeling, but it should be open for business by Monday.

FORECLOSURE: Foreclosure rates in metro Albany have declined slightly, according to figures released for January by CoreLogic.

In January, the foreclosure rate in metro Albany was 1.43 percent, compared to 1.48 percent in January 2011. The foreclosure rate for Georgia and the nation for the same month is 2.38 percent and 3.43 percent, respectively.

However, the number of mortgage loans delinquent by 90 days or more in metro Albany has increased from 5.75 percent in January 2011 to 6.05 this past January.