Following on the heels of last week's announcement, backers of Lower Broadway's upcoming The Acme Food & Spirits held a press conference earlier today to provide more detail regarding future plans for the historic downtown property. Local restaurateur and lead investor Tom Morales on the three-story project:
The first floor will be a fast casual concept. It's not going to be a fine dining experience, more geared towards lunch, and it's a set menu from when we open to when we close. So at 2 o'clock in the morning you can get the same food you can get at 10 o'clock in the morning.
The second floor is going to be more of a vintage lounge area. We'll have TVs, shuffleboard, vintage games, couches, sofas.
And the third floor is going to be a music venue, which is probably.....the largest single-floor music venue on Lower Broad.
And we're going to have a rooftop patio if we can work that out.
Morales also announced that The Southern Steak & Oyster executive chef Matt Farley will be overseeing the project. Farley couldn't reveal too many details on what he's doing, but did tell Eater that the first floor fast-casual restaurant will stay true to Morales' southern roots, while also bringing in some other elements. Plans are for the second floor lounge to offer a small selection of more refined menu items along with craft cocktails.
Additional partners in the venture were also announced and introduced, including country music star Alan Jackson, former Country Music Association CEO Steve Moore and George B. Boedecker, Jr., the founder of Crocs, Inc.
The group couldn't confirm an opening date, but said that they planned to be open before CMA Fest next year, which would mean opening by the beginning of June.
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