'Gray's on Main' opens with live music, menu tasting in Franklin - WKRN News 2

'Gray's on Main' opens with live music, menu tasting in Franklin

Posted: Updated: Aug 4, 2013 07:14 PM

For more than 65 years, Gray's was a landmark pharmacy located along downtown Franklin's historic Main Street.

This weekend, new ownership will reopen the location as a restaurant.

For the past decade, the building has remained vacant, but Andy Marshall, owner of the Puckett's family of restaurants, purchased the building in 2012.

That's when Joni and Michael Cole stepped in with a mission to make Gray's the premiere dining destination in Franklin with vintage spirits and elevated Southern flavors.

The Coles have taken great pains to stay true to the original decor, using old ceiling tiles, reclaimed wood from the pharmacy as the floor, and old prescription containers.

The names of the pharmacists who worked at Gray's are also printed on glass panes alongside the door.

"Gray's, back in the day, was where everybody came in and they knew everybody's name. This was a gathering place and that's what we want. So we want Gray's to be a gathering place for all of the locals," Joni told Nashville's News 2.

She continued, "We want our tourist, when they walk in, to feel like they are at home. We want them to have an experience that's new and different and fresh and innovative, but also very warm and hospital. So that really is our goal."

The first floor is a dining room, the second a music venue, and the third a members-only meeting area with the best view in the house.

The neon sign outside will light up once again as the restaurant hosts a "Taste of Gray" on Sunday.

The free event will shut down Main Street with live music and a taste of the menu.

The doors will finally open Monday following a ribbon cutting at 7 p.m.

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