Grays on Main Opens Soon in Downtown Franklin



Last spring, Dana Kopp Franklin wrote about Andy Marshall’s purchase and plans to renovate the old Gray’s Drugstore in downtown Franklin. It was originally intended to open in the fall of 2012, but the 19th century building required extensive work, and there were delays in getting it just right. But the time has now come, and we’re all invited to help celebrate their grand opening.

On Sunday, Aug. 4, from 7 to 10 p.m., Grays on Main will host its introductory event, "Taste of Grays," an open house with tours, free tastes from the menu, and live entertainment. During the event, Main Street in front of the restaurant will be closed so that revelers can celebrate the relighting of the historic Gray’s Drugstore sign at dusk. The restaurant is scheduled to open for business at 11 a.m. the following day.

(The party was originally set for this Sunday, but a water line collapsed this week in downtown Franklin; the restaurant temporarily lost its water supply, setting back training and other preparations.)

The restaurant's owners, Michael and Joni Cole, and chef Kenneth Jenkins aim to offer “modern emphasis on Southern culinary traditions through clean, complex profiles.” The menu will be driven by what’s available locally and seasonally. Additionally, the owners selected Jon Yeager of Pour Taste as beverage director. He'll run the bar program, heavily influenced by the “brandy culture of the late 19th century.” Cocktails will be available for purchase during the celebration.

Along with the restaurant and bar, Grays has a music hall for live entertainment on the second floor. The third floor will be home to Society at Grays, a members-only supper club. For more information and to see all the progress made over the last few months, visit the restaurant's page on Facebook.

"Taste of Grays"
Sunday, Aug. 4, 7 to 10 p.m.
Grays on Main
332 Main St., Franklin

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