Pizza and beer businesses will take the place of a historic home torn down recently in downtown Flowery Branch.
Peyton’s Pie Company is looking to open in a new retail building planned off Main and Mitchell streets, where the 121-year-old home with ivy hugging its fading façade once stood.
Also, Growlers on Main plans to move there from its current city-owned spot at 5509 Main St.
“Where we’re at right now is a good location, but it’s going to be nice to have a spot that was designed by us,” Growlers co-owner Robert Sabbath said of the draft beer business.
Plans call for making the new store “more of a loungy, hang-out area,” Sabbath said.
Nicholas St. Clair, owner and chef at Antebellum restaurant, also off Main Street, said he has wanted to try his hand at wood-fired pizza and originally had planned to open his first Peyton’s Pie Company location in Flowery Branch.
But he ended up finding “a great spot” off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee and opening his first Peyton’s Pie Company there.
With the kinks worked out at his first Peyton’s Pie Company location, “we’re ready to move into the second one,” St. Clair said.
Property owner Karen Ching said there are a few hoops to jump through before starting construction on the new building, including getting a building permit and the blessing of the Flowery Branch Historic Preservation Commission and City Council.
“I don’t foresee any problems,” Ching said. “Everybody is doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”
If all goes well, she hopes the project will be completed by year’s end.
Ching said she would have liked to have restored the old house, but “termites had eaten half the floor on the first floor.”
“I wish I could have saved it, but it was too far damaged,” she said.
Restoring old buildings has been a passion for Ching.
After extensive remodeling, she opened Liberty Candy Co. on the first floor of a Main Street structure that had stood since 1906. She rents out the top portion as office space.
Also, Ching restored a small yellow building next to the old home.
For his part, City Manager Bill Andrew is excited to see the Main Street renewal.
“We are seeing all this as part of the redevelopment of Old Town and are very excited,” he said.