Demolition of old Dotson’s Restaurant building paves way for new development on Main Street


Demolition of old Dotson’s Restaurant building paves way for new development on Main Street

PHOTO: Demolition vehicles tear down standing buildings at 99 East Main Street on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.//Brooke Wanser

By BROOKE WANSER

On Wednesday afternoon, the City of Franklin official Facebook page shared a live video stream of demolition work at 99 East Main Street.

The buildings which housed Dotson’s Restaurant for 65 years are now being razed to make way for a two-story development which will include office and retail space, as well as a restaurant with a rooftop lounge.

Franklin-based Chartwell Hospitality is developing the project for landowner Preston Ingram on the approximately 2 acre site across the street from Puckett’s Boat House.

Diagonally across is Harpeth Square, the hotel, restaurant and office development headed by Rod Heller.

Will Schaedle, the vice president of acquisitions and development for Chartwell, has said his company has been working on developing the property with Ingram for several years.

Originally, they thought to bring a hotel to the corner, but after city floodplain maps were updated in 2016, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen curtailed that plan.

Dotson’s, founded in another (also demolished) building on the other side of Main Street, was known for comfort food and conversation. It was founded after World War II by Chester and Clara Dotson. It was purchased in the early 1980s by Art McCloud.

Dotson’s closed in 2014.

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Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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