A new restaurant, Appalachian Grill, will be coming to downtown Rome’s Cotton Block, the business owner and agents from Toles, Temple & Wright announced this afternoon.
Plans for the restaurant include renovating the former Joe Robbins Furniture building at 113 Broad St., and developing the adjacent Cotton Block Park into a small parking area with some remaining greenspace.
The historic structure — built in the 1880s and placed on the National Historic Register in 1983 — will get an overall restoration by Brooks Building Group, including the addition of a second floor, a 25-foot extension toward Second Avenue, and new brick and windows along the side of the building.
The Appalachian Grill, owned by Jackie and Andrea Wallace, will be the second of its kind. The couple started the first grill in downtown Cartersville four years ago.
Jackie Wallace said the Rome restaurant should open in early fall.
Local investment group, QuarterTon Inc., including Charles Craton of Craton Promotional Products, bought the Joe Robbins building late last year with the idea of restoring it and attracting the restaurant to its first floor.
Tentative plans for the second floor include an executive office suite or loft apartments.
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