The origin of The Cottage on Main can be traced back to 1998 mingling with the early days of The Payne-Corley House. This elegant gathering place was founded by five Duluth women known as "The Dreamkeepers”. At the time of renovation, the old house belonged to Mrs. Winnie Corley. With some diligent planning, hard work, and well, some dreaming too, the women re-opened the home as a "Tea Room." Word quickly spread about this unique lunch spot and it became a popular destination for ladies to catch up over lunch, or tea, and host other community gatherings like birthday parties and baby showers! After operating for several years, the ladies decided to focus solely on the wedding and event business and to the disappointment of many, closed the doors of the ever so loved “Tea Room.”
Later, when The Dreamkeepers sold The Payne-Corley House to Michael and Krista Ganley, and The Payne-Corley House had been renovated to accommodate larger events, The Ganleys built “The Cottage on Main” on the property's 3.5 acres to host smaller private groups.
With no "lunch spot" in the North Atlanta/Gwinnett area (and with the original dream to become one of the South's premier properties) The Dreamkeepers encouraged The Ganleys to re-open The Cottage to the public. So in 2012, the ladies came back for an encore and helped The Ganleys by bringing back their loyal customers and creating a unique lunch destination once again. Expanding on the original "Tea Room" menu, The Cottage on Main features soups, sandwiches, and daily entree specials. Both The Dreamkeepers and The Ganleys succeeded in retaining the original charm and elegance of the "Tea Room”, creating an atmosphere full of romance and nostalgia.
Now a full-service restaurant, The Cottage on Main is available for lunch Thursday- Saturday from 11am - 2:30pm. Private dining is available for buy-outs in the evenings for corporate dinners and other social events and features a limited grill style menu or our popular "Meats and Three" Family Style dinner.
We recommend calling for reservations, as The Cottage on Main is also a popular destination for large groups and often walk-in reservations are not available.
The Early Days of the "Tea Room"
Joining the Payne-Corley House & The Cottage on Main in 2013, George brings with him a rich background in food, travel and entertainment. George began his career as a young man in his family’s hotel trade. Responsibilities ranging from taking reservations to managing nightclubs led him to a five year role owning and operating a successful coffee establishment in Durban, South Africa. Future opportunity would take George to Greece where he would spend thirteen years as a top rated Tour Director for SIVA travel. Traveling the whole of the Mediterranean and assisting thousands of travelers has led to his passion for creating a unique and magical experience for those around him. George loves being a part of the Duluth community and its rich history.