From Getahn Ward at the Tennessean.
A local restaurant development company has purchased a building in Germantown with plans to create space for up to four restaurant concepts.
Fresh Capital Group paid $1.4 million for the former theater building that houses the John O. Hill Co. It plans to spend another $2.6 million on renovations that should start in early September. Upon completion in spring 2015, Germantown Market will house concepts spanning from casual dining to fast casual to a coffee and snack shop.
“Our vision is to create the feel of the corner market where you can go and eat at these great restaurants and then take something home that’s really nice and handcrafted like some coffee beans that’s roasted onsite,” said Matt Bodnar, a partner in Fresh Capital.
Bodnar said the specific restaurant concepts would be revealed later. He and several other partners in Fresh Capital also own a restaurant operating company called Fresh Hospitality with concepts including Taziki’s Mediteranean Cafe and Octane Coffee.
Fresh Hospitality also owns other concepts, such as Tellini’s Italiano, Cochon Butcher and Jim ’N Nicks’s BBQ and is a partner with Pat Martin in Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint.
In addition to the roughly 11,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level, the renovated building will have 2,000 square foot of office space to which Bodnar said Fresh Capital might relocate its offices from a downtown building.
If work goes as planned, Germantown Market should open around the same time as the ballpark planned for the Nashville Sounds at Sulphur Dell.
“We’re really excited about the Germantown area,” Bodnar said. “The stadium is going to be a hugh boon for it.”