As quite a few Clarksville small business and group leaders have promised for months, large things are coming to downtown Clarksville.
An additional raise to that upward momentum for the most historic, nevertheless battling element of the city is unveiled this 7 days.
Traders verified Tuesday ideas for a $4 million, three-story, privately-owned cafe and bar facility that the proprietors say is partly spawned by Montgomery County’s new multipurpose activities middle.
At the corner of Second and College streets, and across Faculty from the major gap exactly where the new MPEC, or arena, is to be developed, an additional pair who consider in the potential of downtown — Joe and Cathi Maynard — are planning to incorporate their very own 18,700-sq.-foot composition that is to be identified as, “Shelby’s Trio.”
That “trio” is to be broken down as follows:
• The first flooring will be an American-themed eatery that highlights largely 1970s muscle mass automobiles on display screen.
• The 2nd floor will attribute fantastic Italian cuisine prepared by a experienced chef.
• The 3rd floor will have an indoor-out of doors, upscale rooftop bar.
Joe Maynard suggests he hopes to have his city making allow by late-February for a new downtown vacation spot that could open up to clients by December.
The Maynards have now turn out to be key community supporters in other techniques, together with their very well-identified contributions to Austin Peay State University.
Now, they want to sign up for local government and other private buyers in encouraging to guide downtown Clarksville back to prominence, they reported.
“Final 12 months, we made the decision to commit a lot more in the community and less in the stock current market,” Joe Maynard explained to The Leaf-Chronicle Tuesday afternoon, “and we seriously want to assistance the downtown local community.
“The cafe has been my wife’s aspiration through our 38 yrs of marriage,” he stated.
Sitting down on practically an acre at the leading of the hill on College Street, the 3-tiered Shelby’s Trio will owe its organization name equally to the Maynards’ grandson, and to the Shelby GT 500 vintage vehicles that will be aspect of his show on the very first ground.
That floor, he’ll phone “Joe’s Garage Clarksville,” which will have the American-type eatery of custom made burgers, very hot canines, barbecue and brats, amid a showcase of GT, Chevelle, Cuda and other 500-in addition-horsepower automotive classics owned by the Maynards and other regional contributors.
“On times the place there is very good climate, we’ll even have cruise-ins,” Cathi Maynard mentioned.
Choose a single of two elevators to the next ground, and the mood modifications. There, wonderful Italian delicacies is planned, to be organized by a skilled chef.
They are going to contact this restaurant, “Gatte Cucina.”
“This stage will function a cafe that’s a very little nicer, wherever you would want to gown a very little nicer. It can be a minor a lot more exclusive, with a tiny a lot less seating than on the 1st ground,” Joe Maynard explained.
On to the third, or leading floor, you are going to land in “Skyline 500 Bar,” which, as the identify implies, will provide patrons a 360-diploma look at of downtown, APSU, the arena and the Cumberland River — and the “500” element of the identify goes back to Joe Maynard’s appreciate of the GT muscle mass autos.
It will be an upscale bar also serving a light-weight menu. It will be fifty percent-indoors, half-outside with partial go over and heating in colder weather, and lounge-type furniture.
The Maynards approach to open up the first-ground cafe all over 10 a.m. day-to-day, while the second and 3rd floors will open day-to-day about 4:30 p.m. and close by 11 p.m.
The whole lot by itself is predicted to present place for parking up to 60 automobiles, and the lot and making will be wheelchair-available.
Lyle-Cook dinner-Martin Architects of Clarksville is managing the developing style. “It can be a significant facility — even larger than what I had at first planned. We imagine what we are bringing to downtown is heading to be a large draw. We’ll be introducing about 250 cafe seats to the downtown location and we’ll be equipped to quickly handle crowds of up to 500 folks at a time,” Joe Maynard explained.
With the undertaking, he truly won’t have to stop his working day task as bulk proprietor of Echo Power Engineering. He’ll use his engineering abilities, in simple fact, to equip the total developing with a backup generator to assist its energy provide.
“This is meant to be a legacy location in Clarksville for our spouse and children,” Joe Maynard mentioned. The few have two sons and a daughter-in-law in the place, moreover a few grandchildren.
“We have purchased into Clarksville very very seriously in the earlier 12 months,” he stated. “Seeing the MPEC take place assisted with inspiring the cafe element of it. And when you glimpse at the grasp strategy for redevelopment of 2nd and College streets, you see something that is going to be a vacation spot position not just for Clarksville, but people today during a broader area.”
Also spurred by the MPEC, the couple observed, are plans from the regional Hand spouse and children to do a makeover of the Riverview Inn as a Hilton resort, and give included retail lease areas in between the MPEC and that hotel.
“We’re drained of observing area people go to Nashville all the time for dining and leisure, when they could remain right here,” Joe Maynard stated.
And the goal of owning extra cafe choices for downtown is not to contend with what is presently there, Cathi Maynard claimed, but rather, improve it all.
“We are not competing with the other important cafe owners in Clarksville. Our menu merchandise, for the most aspect, will not likely be the same as theirs,” she claimed. “Our objective is to do a thing to stimulate folks to help all organizations in the space.”
With much more design now all-but confirmed next-door to the MPEC, appear for a fast paced and bustling spring and summer in downtown Clarksville — highlighted by the sounds of large machinery.
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