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The original signage on the old Coca-Cola Bottling plant in Rocky Mount will be painted at the top of the storefront when it reopens this spring as the Bootleggers’ Cafe.
Friday, April 4, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A request to paint a landmark mural on an historic building on Franklin Street that is being renovated as a cafe was approved by the Franklin County Planning Commission Tuesday night.
Bryan Hochstein, the new owner, plans to turn the old Rocky Mount Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building into The Bootleggers' Cafe.
No one spoke in opposition to the mural during a public hearing on the request for a special use permit.
The mural on the top part of the storefront will say "Rocky Mount Coca-Cola Bottling Co." Hochstein said the reproduction of the landmark will add nostalgic character to the building and surrounding area.
Lower down on the storefront is an awning that will read "Bootleggers' Cafe."
The building is about 3,600 square feet in size, Hochstein said. The interior will have a rustic decor with the original brick walls and concrete floor.
Historic moonshine still photographs will adorn the walls, Hochstein said.
"We are in the process of hiring a general manager, and once that's done, we will develop an American cuisine menu," Hochstein said.
Alcoholic beverages will also be sold at the cafe, which will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the near future.
"The cafe wouldn't be here without the Harvester Performance Center," Hochstein said.
The performance center, a 475-seat venue that will host over 150 musical acts each year from all genres of music, is just across Franklin Street from the new cafe.
Hochstein is also one of the owners of The Grove Bed and Breakfast that was formerly an historic house of the late T. Keister Greer. It is at the corner of Floyd Avenue and Franklin Street and within walking distance of the Harvester Performance Center and the cafe.