The vision Fort Mill leaders have for downtown continues.
Main Street should have a new restaurant by the end of the year. Jason Cloud, formerly of Cloud Nine Martini & Tapas Bar in Baxter, plans to open the new eatery at 213 Main St., most recently home to United Artisans.
“We’re a month or two from getting going,” Cloud said.
Plans include a 2,000-square-foot deck in the grassy area between the restaurant and bandstand that used to be Tony’s Pizza, which was destroyed by fire in 2007. Cloud thinks opening could happen in two months, but town and historic review board approvals are still needed. Restaurant names are still being discussed.
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“We’re still working on that,” Cloud said. “We’ve still got a few names in the air.”
The menu will include burgers, salads, health food options, milkshakes and other items. Cloud expects a different offering from neighboring Local Dish, and that the two restaurants can feed off each other. The new restaurant could help achieve the town’s goals of bringing people downtown – and keeping them there.
“They want businesses to come down there,” Cloud said.
In the past two years, town officials have created and approved zoning options for projects like new apartment high-rise The Greens at Fort Mill, the idea to steer residential growth downtown and promote businesses within walking distance. Town Council members and town staff often bring up the goal in planning sessions.
Cloud said the apartments and other businesses in walking distance impacted his decision to open on Main Street, as did a general need for restaurants at the heart of Fort Mill.
“The way Fort Mill is growing, we just feel like that side of town needs more,” Cloud said.
Recent openings in the Main Street area include The Greens, Main and Gray Home and the John Lovsin Agency, a Nationwide company. Also, a new office building is under construction on the corner of Clebourne and Springs streets, just northwest of where Main becomes Tom Hall Street. In the spring Adam Ferrera, partner with Ferrara-Buist Cos., said his group hoped to open the 7,200-square-foot office building by August. The time frame has extended since.
“We should be done with construction by the holidays,” Ferrera said.
He gave the same time for when tenants would be named. The office and retail space is designed for three tenants. In the spring, Ferrera said three tenants were signed on but he declined Thursday to confirm if the space is full now.
“We’re not in position to release that information,” he said.