3. A Look at Williamson County’s First Rooftop Restaurant
When renderings of the rooftop restaurant and event space in downtown Franklin were published, it quickly became one of our most-read stories. The restaurant is part of the 231 Public Square project– the former First Tennessee Bank building located on Franklin’s historic Square.
The 9,400 square-foot flat roof will include not only a large patio with 360-degree views of downtown Franklin and the rolling hills of Williamson County, but also more than 4,000 square feet of premium restaurant space under roof. Altogether, the facility will be able to accommodate events for up to 500 patrons.
“An opportunity like this doesn’t exist in Williamson County today, and the location could not be more perfect. We’re talking with hand-selected restaurateurs who can deliver a concept worthy of this incredible space,” said Bernie Butler of D9HP, LLC. “We are essentially taking the existing building down to its core concrete structure and rebuilding it from the inside out to create a better and more relevant architectural fit on the Square, while also adding the latest in building systems and premium finishes. This is new construction, which means we can build it to suit the right restaurant operator.”
The 231 Public Square building promises to re-envision the 1970s-era former First Tennessee building, while adding a 6,500 square-foot ground level restaurant that opens to the Square and 20,000 square feet of Class A office space on two floors. With 160 linear feet of 14-foot high first-floor windows and a large patio street-side, the building will become a destination for locals and visitors. Inside, a grand lobby and multi-floor architectural stairwell will greet patrons, along with passenger and service elevators for easy access to the rooftop restaurant. Outside, a private fountain courtyard will offer a respite from the action on the Square for the guests of the restaurant and tenants.
The building, which will be Energy Star rated, will offer state of the art technology with new electrical, mechanical, plumbing, access control and security systems. Additional features, such as a 2,000-gallon underground grease trap and separate commercial kitchen and storage on the basement level with a private service elevator, are custom-designed to support two busy restaurants and a large rooftop event deck.
Perhaps most significant is the parking – the building includes one of the only dedicated commercial surface lots in downtown Franklin, and is contiguous to the City of Franklin’s 360-space Second Avenue Parking Garage. Additional free parking is available on the Square, Main Street and the surrounding avenues.
“This is the first major construction project on the Square in a half-century, and for us it’s a chance to create a building that will serve this community for generations,” Butler said. “Every detail has been conceived with luxury, efficiency and experience in mind.”
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