Nutwood plans to open second location, which would include full service restaurant – LaGrange Daily News

Nutwood programs to open up next location, which would include comprehensive support restaurant

Printed 9:45 am Wednesday, December 28, 2022

On Tuesday early morning, Neil Liechty, co-proprietor of Nutwood Vineyard, shared ideas with the LaGrange Town Council to open up a next site in downtown LaGrange.

Liechty programs to remodel a former home furnishings creating at the corner of Byron Hurst St. and Major St. in downtown LaGrange for a secondary site for the vineyard that would include a full-service restaurant.

The property was lately purchased from the Callaway Basis in the summer time, and Liechty has been operating with Smith Design and style Team on ideas to renovate the building.

Liechty said their site on Higher Significant Springs Street has been a key achievement, so they commenced wondering about yet another locale.

“Business has been superior. We generally have a two to 3-hour wait on Saturdays. So, we saw an prospect to appear downtown and do a minor otherwise,” Liechty said. 

“The Callaway Basis desired us to have a entire-company restaurant,” Liechty explained, incorporating that the Basis suggested that they also open up on Sunday for brunch.

“One of the challenges we uncovered about the decades, 3 several years we’ve been open up, is that folks arrive in off the interstate and appear downtown, and there is not a lot of opportunity on a Sunday or Monday to try to eat, separate from quickly meals, pizza and factors like that. So, we agreed to [open on Sunday],” he claimed.

“We’re likely to expand our menu to incorporate aged steak and baked potatoes and 5 varieties of hamburgers, half pounders, sort of upscale,” Liechty claimed.

Strategies for the new cafe, which is currently being known as “Nutwood Wine & Dine” on renderings, include a large public courtyard with picnic tables and a 4-sided hearth pit.

Liechty recommended donating the courtyard and other places all-around the assets in trade for in-variety solutions and probably to help spend for streetscaping.

The winery owner asked for aid with the streetscaping outside the vineyard on home that would be donated to the metropolis.

“We would make this a general public plaza downtown on the corner and have it there as component of the vineyard and as component of the belongings for the town and for us,” Liechty explained.

The council was requested to deliver landscaping that matches the downtown area on the home that would be donated to the town.

Liechty requested the town to enable with in-variety labor or goods to hold the conventional streetscape. If not, he requested the metropolis to provide details on the place to get road lanterns and other goods that match the downtown region.

“I undoubtedly imagine it’s a fantastic addition to downtown,” Town Manager Meg Kelsey said.

Any work that city personnel do to help would have to be on city property, she mentioned.

Kelsey said they would have to negotiate some of the suitable-of-means and some resources for the venture could occur from the forthcoming SPLOST, but it would be a number of yrs before individuals cash start off coming in.

Councilman Mark Mitchell questioned that Kelsey do the job the ideal that she can, where cash are accessible and whichever the metropolis can do to deliver [Liechty] with in-sort labor.