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Bohica II, LLC on Thursday will meet with Invest Atlanta to make its plea for why the organization should give the company a $500,000 grant to renovate the existing vacant restaurant space, at 377 Edgewood Ave SE, to create space for potentially two restaurants. Built in 1940, the “Art Modern-influenced” building got its start as a Gulf Gas Station.
In recent years, the space has operated as a restaurant with an outdoor dining area located under the service canopy. Bohica II wants to use the half a million-dollar grant to increase the building’s square footage from 1,250 square feet to 4,300 square feet, including the addition of a second story with a separate entrance.
In addition to expanding the building itself, highlights of the renovation plans include “upgraded” parking, a street-side patio with a fireplace element, landscaping, new fencing, a retractable garage-style patio door, fixtures, and a full interior buildout.
Dana Armour, developer and owner of Bohica II, LLC, purchased and renovated the property with their partners in 2003, operating Rolling Bones Barbecue out of the space until 2013. “The corner has been vacant and the restaurant out of operation for seven years while the owner planned significant renovations to the property,” according to an Invest Atlanta fact sheet obtained by What Now Atlanta Friday.
Armour thinks Invest Atlanta should award the funds as the renovation project will “contribute to the revitalization of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Landmark District; achieves two of the three of City Council priorities outlined in the 2018 legislation for reopening the Eastside TAD – Economic Development and Historic Preservation; and projected creation of more than 40 jobs at full occupancy.”
Financing commitments are expected by February 2021, and less than a year later, in January 2022, Armour aims to have completed the renovation and leased the space to at least one restaurant.