Developers are embarking on a $14 million overhaul of a prominent — and out-of-place — building in the heart of historic downtown Franklin.
The project further fuels reinvestment that’s headed for downtown, at a time when a multibillion-dollar construction pipeline in the city’s Cool Springs commercial hub has been (understandably) hogging all the attention, on the east side of Interstate 65.
This rendering depicts the $14 million overhaul planned for the First Tennessee building at 231 Public Square, in downtown Franklin. The figures note how developers want to make a corner of the building taller, to accommodate a rooftop venue.
This rendering depicts the $14 million overhaul planned for the First Tennessee building… more
filings with city of Franklin
On Thursday, First Tennessee Bank said that it’s under contract to sell its building at 231 Public Square to a trio of developers led by Bernie Butler, of Franklin’s D9 Development.
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The ensuing project could attract white-collar offices and two new restaurants to a downtown already teeming with retail. Butler believes his project will set the tone for what he sees as the inevitable redevelopment of City Hall, behind the First Tennessee building. It’s just one block from a proposed $82 million development that would include a boutique hotel, luxury apartments and retail space — remaking a prominent entrance to downtown.
“This is an opportunity to fix this anchor part of the square,” Butler told me. “We have one chance to do things perfectly.”
Butler declined to disclose what price he is paying for the building, along with fellow development partners Crews Investments Properties and Heartland Partners, of Franklin and Brentwood, respectively.
Downtown Franklin consists mostly of buildings from the 1800s and early 1900s. The First Tennessee building was built in 1972.
“This building, architecturally, is the sore thumb in the complexion of this historic part of downtown. If you’ve seen a hundred pictures of downtown, you never see one of this building. There’s a reason,” Butler said. “It never really blended into the historic flavor of downtown, and everybody knows that.”
First Tennessee signed a new, seven-year lease that keeps its bank branch on the ground floor. A restaurant also will occupy part of the ground floor, with private dining in the basement, Butler said.
The second and third floors will be renovated for high-end office space. Combined, the two floors are 25,000 square feet. Butler said he’ll divide that up into smaller spaces, perhaps 2,000 square feet or 4,000 square feet.
NEW FRANKLIN TN RESTAURANT – CONNORS STEAK & SEAFOOD
Opening February 8, 2016 – The Williamson Herald
OPENING FEBRUARY 8, 2016 IN NASHVILLE, TN! Connors Steak & Seafood at the Cool Springs Galleria has the best steaks and fresh seafood in the Franklin, Brentwood, and Nashville area! Enjoy delicious appetizers, along with the finest prime steaks, chops and fresh U.S.D.C. inspected seafood. We use wood-fired grills to bring out the full flavor of the cuts. We look forward to serving you and your guests in our Nashville, TN restaurant.
Connor Concepts, Inc., one of East Tennessee’s largest restaurant groups, will open a 7,500 square foot location of its award-winning Connors Steak & Seafood at CoolSprings Galleria winter 2015.
Connors Steak & Seafood combines a premium menu and bar with an inviting atmosphere and guest obsessed service. Guests enjoy the best steaks and seafood, along with chef prepared pastas, gourmet salads and tantalizing desserts, as well as a carefully thought out wine menu featuring top wines from around the world.
“We are delighted to provide Cool Springs Galleria shoppers a new and special place to gather and enjoy a unique atmosphere, great food and fun cocktails as they relax from shopping at our many great stores,” said David Meadows, General Manager of Cool Springs Galleria. ” We think that this addition will perfectly complement the over alll experience that the mall provides.”
The project, set to be completed by winter of 2015, just in time for the busy Christmas shopping season, and will be a part of the mall’s redevelopment. The restaurant will be built on the south west side of the center.
Connors Steak & Seafood will seat 350 guest and offer private dining rooms. Happy Hour offers will feature specials on wine and martinis weekdays from 4-6:30 p.m. Hours of operation are from 11:00 am to 12 midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 am to 1:00 am Friday and Saturday.
Connor Concepts, Inc. one of East Tennessee’s largest restaurant groups, owns and operates 3 Connors Steak & Seafood locations in AL,FL and TN in addition to 12 Chop House locations across the Southeast.
With this new addition to the mall, it will be the second sit down restaurant with The Cheesecake Factory being the first. To see our coverage about the opening, go here.
Connors Steak & Seafood Lunch Favorites
Classic Swiss Burger
brioche bun, swiss cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, fries
brioche bun, bacon, sautéed onion, bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, sweet potato fries
brioche bun, sautéed mushrooms, crispy tobacco onions, boursin cheese, fries
peppers, onion, mushrooms, provolone cheese, toasted hoagie, fries
Reuben corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, thousand island dressing, marble rye, sweet potato fries
Tomato Basil Pasta fresh basil, garlic, marinara, angel hair (grilled chicken or sautéed shrimp +3)
Lunch Combo select two: lobster crab bisque ٠soup of the day ٠House or Caesar salad ٠two side items
Large Spinach & Strawberry Salad walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, sweet vinaigrette
Grilled Chicken cilantro lime marinade, rice pilaf, asiago creamed spinach
Chicken Club ham, bacon, cheddar, jack, lettuce-tomato-pickle, mayo, wheat bun, sweet potato fries
Chicken Tenders five hand breaded tenders, honey mustard & bbq sauces, fries
Grilled Chicken Salad chilled & sliced chicken, onion, peppers, water chestnuts, feta, tortilla strips
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad chilled & sliced grilled chicken, croutons, parmesan cheese
Fish ‘n’ Chips cold water cod fried golden brown, dill caper sauce, fries
Grilled Rainbow Trout
4 oz fillet, seasonal topping, couscous, broccoli
Spicy Fish Tacos fried cold water cod, tomatillo salsa, voodoo sauce, flour tortilla, sweet potato fries
Mississippi Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish fried catfish, dill caper sauce, fries
Angus Chopped Steak
sautéed onions, mushrooms, mashed potatoes, asiago creamed spinach
Grilled Chicken Pasta sautéed mushrooms, green onion, tomato, basil cream sauce, penne pasta
Shrimp Scampi Pasta tender shrimp, grape tomatoes, fresh spinach, onion, angel hair pasta
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake 4 oz cake, handmade, aioli sauce, asiago creamed spinach
Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad flaked salmon, tomato, onions, croutons, parmesan
Smoked Salmon House Salad flaked salmon, tomato, almond, eggs, bacon
7 oz Lunch Sirloin Steak
mesquite grilled, loaded baked potato
Prime Rib Sandwich
hand carved slow roasted prime rib, au jus, mac ‘n’ cheese
Fire-Grilled Pork Belly sweet tea braised, creole mustard, toasted Asian buns—add side item +4
two 3 oz cutlets, balsamic fig glaze, mashed potatoes, collard greens
bay scallops, lump crab meat, lemon wine sauce, on the half shell—add side item +4
Grilled Shrimp four jumbo grilled shrimp, cocktail sauce, rice pilaf, broccoli
Shrimp & Grits shrimp, andouille sausage, peppers, onion, over cheese grits
Chicken Piccata lemon wine sauce, mashed potatoes, collard greens
Chicken Parmesan marinara, provolone & parmesan cheeses, angel hair pasta, broccoli
Steak Caesar Salad
thinly sliced sirloin, diced tomato, onion, crumbled blue cheese
Ahi Tuna Salad
wonton strips, water chestnut, onion, pepper, zucchini, squash, ginger soy vinaigrette
Add Lobster Crab Bisque, Soup of the Day, House or Caesar Salad +4 ٠Add Spinach Salad +5
~Dressings…Balsamic Vinaigrette ٠Ginger Soy Vinaigrette٠Sweet Vinaigrette ٠Ranch ٠Honey Mustard ٠
Blue Cheese ٠1000 Island
~Sides… Mac ‘n’ Cheese ٠ Sweet Potato Fries ٠ Mashed Potatoes ٠Cole Slaw ٠Collard Greens ٠Rice Pilaf ٠Cheese Grits
٠Broccoli ٠Asiago Creamed Spinach ٠French Fries٠Baked Potato٠Grilled Asparagus* (*Add $1.50
We specialize in fresh seafood and premium aged steaks, as well as gourmet salads, pastas and more! Enjoy a memorable evening with friends and family in our well-appointed dining rooms, or stop by for the lunch you and your associates deserve. Our friendly service and flavorful fare will keep you coming back for more.
2004 – Connors Steak & Seafood first opened their doors to the diners at the new Turkey Creek shopping center in Knoxville, TN. Combining a high quality menu with a comfortable atmosphere, Connors quickly became a favorite with fellow Knoxvillians. The rich, wood interiors, warm fireplaces, and “guest-obsessed” service continues to this day, and in 2011 Connors was recognized in the “Best Steak” category of the 2011 Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville publication. Connors Steak & Seafood is Knoxville, TN is AAA 3 Diamond Rated.
2008 – Our second location opened its doors in Huntsville, ALat the much-anticipated Bridge Street Town Centre. Connors quickly became a hit with the locals, earning numerous awards, including the Valley Planet “Best Restaurant” (2012, 2013), “Best Steak” (2011-2013), and “Best Special Occasion Restaurant” (2011-2013), and The Taste of Huntsville “Best Entrée” (2011, 2012, 2015), “Best Restaurant” (2012), and “People’s Choice Award” (2013). Connors Steak & Seafood in Huntsville, AL is AAA 3 Diamond Rated.
2012 – The latest Connors Steak & Seafood is in Fort Myers, FL at the new Gulf Coast Town Center. Continuing in the footsteps of previous locations, the newest restaurant features the same warm, welcoming environment that has been a staple of the concept since its inception. Rich, wood interiors, gas lanterns, and a premium bar set a new standard in restaurant quality and comfort. With a menu featuring the best cuts of beef, fresh seafood, enormous salads, tempting pastas, and made-for-sharing desserts, Connors maintains its commitment to providing a superior dining experience to all our guests. Connors Steak & Seafood in Fort Myers, FL is AAA 3 Diamond Rated.
2016 – Connors Steak & Seafood is opening its newest location in February, 2016 in Nashville, TN at the Cool Springs Galleria. The brand new restaurant will feature their signature look of rich woodwork and unique touches that make Nashville’s newest steakhouse truly distinct. The premium bar continues to set the standard in quality and comfort. With a lunch and dinner menu featuring the best cuts of beef, fresh seafood, enormous salads, tempting pastas, and made-for-sharing desserts, Connors Steak & Seafood maintains its commitment to providing a superior guest dining experience.
photo credit: Connors Steak & Seafood
Sizzle Awards 2016 – Franklin TN
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For local business owners in Williamson County the turning of the new year means an opportunity to bolster their reputations: the Sizzle Awards.
The Sizzle Awards honor local businesses in cuisine, shopping, services, health and wellness and personal care. Members of the community vote for their favorite in each in a variety of categories like “Best New Restaurant” or “Best Youth Music Instruction.”
Presented by Southern Exposure Magazine, Williamson Herald and FranklinIS, the awards are something business owners mark on their calendar according to founder and Southern Exposure Publisher, Brandy Blanton.
“Business owners always look forward to it,” Blanton said.
“It’s a big deal for them to tout themselves.”
Now in its ninth year, Blanton said she is still finding ways to keep the awards fresh and interesting and local.
“We strive every year to keep it as local as possible and even added the moniker of ‘local’ in several categories,”
Blanton said. “But we aren’t ignoring big business because some categories are dedicated solely to them like a category for best department store and grocery store.”
Restaurant Five Guys Burgers and Fries has been awarded in the past and have the recognition displayed in places as far away as Las Vegas, New Orleans and Panama City, Florida.
Winners are determined by number of votes, where one person may only vote for one business per category. The voting process begins with every establishment having a clean slate and only write-in votes are accepted. Blanton said the voter turnout has grown every year and that thousands participate.
Businesses receiving the most votes will be awarded a trophy and the first and second runners-up will get certificates. Voting polls open Feb. 1 and will close March 4. This year’s awards will feature a ceremony and after party at the Factory in Franklin on a date yet to be determined.
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