GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Another new development project is coming to downtown Greensboro, this time at the corner of South Edgeworth Street and Spring Garden Street.
The company behind Iron Hen Café, called Fresh. Local. Good. food group, is redeveloping the property into a multiplex featuring three restaurants, offices and event space.
The restaurants include Four Flocks and Larder, a full-service restaurant focusing on poultry dishes. There will also be a grass-fed burger restaurant called Revolution Burger. The Baker and The Bean will be a coffee shop and bakery. The facility will also house a speakeasy lounge serving specialty drinks and alcohol-infused desserts.
The project is expected to cost $2 million. The company plans to hire 125 people to work at the multiplex.
“It’s development in an area in downtown that really hasn't seen much attention over the years. Mostly it's just office space, but what about retail space?” said Connor Lucovsky, director of business development for Fresh. Local. Good. food group. “I think it's just a great location.”
Other developers agree.
Several new projects are in the works across downtown Greensboro, including the Union Square Campus nursing school, Gibbs Hundred Brewery, 1618 Downtown, and a House of Blues Venue. There’s also the $60 million Greensboro Performing Arts Center, a new high-end hotel and apartment complex on Eugene Street, a brewery and restaurant opening on Battleground early next year, and the expansion of the Greenway at Fisher Park apartments next to the ballpark.
“It's incredible. Downtown Greensboro is really popping,” said City Council Member Zack Matheny. “You know, I think we're a city that’s ready to grow up. We're a city that's ready to expand our culture. We've got a great culture in Greensboro.”
Matheny says giving the Performing Arts Center a green light was the catalyst downtown needed.
The Fresh. Local. Good. food group can already picture how they’ll fit in.
“You’re on the Greenway. You're taking the day walking downtown and say, ‘Let's just stop at Revolution Burger for a burger and fries.’ What's next? Let's have dessert. Let's have after-coffee drinks. It's really going to be a place where you can spend half a day here, hanging out, and enjoying the amenities,” said Lucovsky.
The Fresh. Local. Good. food group plans to move into the office space by the end of the year. The multiplex is expected to be up and running by May.