Grants fuel restaurant’s renovation

Donations and grants are helping pay for about half the cost to renovate a downtown Franklin restaurant.

Construction workers started renovation work on Ann’s Restaurant this month to give the restaurant a 1950s diner motif. The restaurant opened in 1952, so the new look will help capture the feeling of downtown Franklin at the time, Tara Treatment center chief executive officer Theresa Matthews said.

More than $80,000 in grants and donations from local foundations are being used for the $200,000 renovation, Tara program development director Paul Bryan said. The largest chunk of funding came from the Franklin Development Corp., which provided a $50,000 matching façade grant.

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