coffee shop developer

Josh Edge

Developer forgoes opening Roasted here

Roasted, a father-son coffee shop venture slated to open in Wall’s Plaza this summer, is no more.

John and Josh Edge announced plans to open the coffee shop in the former Georgia Power office in March, but John died suddenly during construction a few weeks later. His son, Josh, endeavored to finish the project even through the economic shutdown caused by COVID-19 in March and April, but recently told The Times he hasn’t been able to secure the needed funding to get Roasted up and running and has given up on the project.

“Unfortunately, the path forward was not found. I was unable to get the funding I needed to finish it,” Edge said. “I tried … talked to a few investors and ultimately it wasn’t feasible.”

Edge has since moved back to Montana where he was living prior to partnering with his father to open Roasted.

“I wish I could make it up to the people of Blackshear,” Edge says.

Building owner Bill Wall told The Times in March another entrepreneur had expressed an interest in the building, but Wall couldn’t be reached for comment last week to provide an update.