Decatur considering two restaurant proposals for Scottish Rite space

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 16, 2015
The Solarium at the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

The Solarium at the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

The city of Decatur’s Downtown Development Authority is considering two proposals for the vacant restaurant space at the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst.

It has been empty since McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub closed back in March. The Decatur City Commission voted to purchase the property, via the DDA, back in October. The city’s purchase also resolved a lawsuit involving the property.

Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said two DDA board members will review the proposals and help her make a final determination. Menne said she could not reveal more information about the proposals because, “There are personal financials included in both proposals that can’t be shared.”

She did provide some details, however.

“They are both restaurants,” Menne said. “One would be more ‘chef’ driven and the other offers a small restaurant concept with a retail component in part of the space.”

Menne said she would release additional information when there’s a final decision.

Scottish Rite played an important role in the redevelopment of Oakhurst. The rehabilitation of the former convalescent hospital in the early 2000’s was the catalyst for the neighborhood’s redevelopment. The building’s east wing, the Solarium, plays host to community events and wedding receptions.

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  • Phillip PhillyMoe Nelms

    Ala Monty Burns, “Excellllent”…

  • An American Patriot

    Hey Lyn, how about an O’Charley’s or a Cheddars or one of the other national chains. We don’t have any of those in Decatur, and IMO we could use one or two or three or more.

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