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A rooftop restaurant and event space are part of a complete makeover of the 1970s-era former First Tennessee Bank building on the Franklin Public Square.
Developers this week released renderings of what they describe as the first-ever rooftop restaurant and event space in Williamson County that will result from a complete makeover of the 1970s-era former First Tennessee Bank building on the Public Square.
Leasing has begun for 231 Public Square, and according to developers, work will begin this summer to transform the building.
“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, in a press release revealing the renderings. “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 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.
In addition to the rooftop restaurant, the renovation will add 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. It will feature a grand lobby and multi-floor architectural stairwell will greet patrons, 160 linear feet of 14-foot high first-floor windows and a large patio street-side, 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 renovation will include 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.
“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.”