Sprig Restaurant Owners Eyeing Former Blue Rooster Spot in Old Town Lilburn

Another possible deal for the old Blue Rooster Cafe location has emerged.

The owners of a Decatur-area restaurant are strongly considering opening a second location in the building formerly occupied by Blue Rooster Café & Bakery.

Patch recently learned from Anthony and Jennifer Tiberia, who run Sprig restaurant on Lavista Road, that the duo is the newest contender in an ongoing quest to fill the vacant spot in Old Town Lilburn.

"We definitely want to," said Anthony Tiberia. "We love the space."

If the deal goes through, the Tiberias said they could open a Lilburn Sprig in the spring -- at the earliest.

-- What are your thoughts of this latest proposal for the former Blue Rooster Cafe? Let us know in the comment section. --

No contract has been signed, and the cost of moving into the vacant Blue Rooster space is still being mulled over. But, Anthony Tiberia said he and his wife are "98 percent" sure they'll be moving in.

The biggest draw for the couple is the feel of the neighborhood. The also like the idea of using local growers for some of the food the restaurant would use.

"We want to become involved in the community," Anthony Tiberia said. "It felt right."

Lilburn's Mayor Johnny Crist has been quietly talking with the couple about opening a Sprig on Main Street. And, until this past weekend, he would not divulge -- on the record -- that the Sprig owners were interested.

However, Sprig restaurant catered the Lilburn Art Alliance's event on Saturday, and the owners consequently opened up to several attendees -- including Patch -- about a likely move to the area.

"The Sprig is the right restaurant for the right location," Crist said, while standing outside the former Blue Rooster Cafe on Saturday. "I'm excitied out of my shoes."

The biggest selling point for him: That the Tiberias share the city's idea about preserving history, the farm-to-table concept and maintaining the feel of Old Town Lilburn.

"They're not just big people coming in -- they are us," the mayor added.

There have been several proposals for the space, but the cost to turn it into a new, inviting restaurant has continued to be a hurdle. Anthony and Jennifer Tiberia said that's what it will come down to for them, as well.

The space needs a number of upgrades before any food service business could open there. The Tiberias have been working with engineers to discern what those critical needs are, and whether using the existing structure is cost effective.

"When this building became available it was imperative that we buy this building as a city -- the DDA -- in order to control what happens downtown," the mayor said, "because whatever happens in this building sets the standard for the city of Lilburn.

"If this becomes a tattoo parlor, (or) it becomes a store for consignment, we have no chance. This is the diamond ring. This has to be a restaurant -- has to be."

Blue Rooster Café & Bakery closed its doors shortly after Christmas in 2011. By October, city council had approved a loan deal for the Downtown Development Authority to purchase the building and focus on finding a new tenant.

In the meantime, the city plans to use the facility as an event and meeting space for the newly formed Lilburn Art Alliance.

See also:

  • Speak Out: Future of Old Blue Rooster Site
  • Business Plan Proposed for Blue Rooster Site
  • Lilburn City Council OKs DDA Loan for Blue Rooster Property
  • Blue Rooster Location Back on Market
Kelley Wilson January 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM
The Tiberias are a wonderful and very giving couple and we would be so lucky to have them and Sprig 2 in Lilburn.
Kelly Blake January 14, 2013 at 01:19 PM
What a perfect restaurant for city of Lilburn! I can't wait to eat there!!
Kathy Slade January 14, 2013 at 02:58 PM
What wonderful news! We would welcome Sprig with open arms. This restaurant may put Lilburn on the map! I hope the City of Lilburn will help the Tiberias with the necessary upgrades so opening their shop will not be cost prohibitive.
Wendy Carter January 14, 2013 at 03:19 PM
In regard to the comment about tattoo parlors and consignment shops I want to say this... I've own the consignment boutique directly across the street from the Blue Rooster for almost a year now and it certainly does not bring a negative element to Old Town. Many of people stopped in on Saturday during the Art Alliance event made purchases and gave it several thumbs up. Wendy Carter -Owner of New For You Consignment Boutique. And no I don't own a tattoo parlor. The Sprig will be a big success if it comes to Lilburn- The food was excellent, met some really nice people and I had a lovely time.
Jacquie Johnson Tyre January 14, 2013 at 03:39 PM
We love The Sprig Restaurant and drive from Lilburn to Decatur to frequent that location and would be thrilled to see it right here in Lilburn, close to home. The food is always excellent, the service friendly, and the atmosphere enjoyable and relaxing. Sounds like a great addition to the Lilburn area!
Bonnie January 14, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Very exciting!
Dot York January 14, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I resent putting consignment shops and tattoo parlors in the same category. I owned a very successful consignment shop, "Back by Popular Demand" in Old Town Lilburn for 23 years which helped to put Old Town Lilburn on the map! I have heard wonderful things about Sprig and am anxiously awaiting the opening.
Michele Peeler January 14, 2013 at 04:47 PM
A friend and I dined at Sprig in December, and what a wonderful experience. The food was fresh and delicious. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and made us feel very comfortable as first time customers. I believe this restaurant would provide Old Town Lilburn with a great anchor in which to build on in our community.
Wendy Carter January 14, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Thanks Mrs. Dot York - I felt insulted by the comment as well, especially from some one who has never stopped in to visit my consignment boutique. Most shoppers who come in refer a friend because of the customer service, wonderful selection of merchandise and the moderately priced items. Last month Mr. York appraised the value of a garment I wanted to sell. - I was able to sell it at a fair market price - Thank you both. Wendy Carter New For You Consignment Boutique. Old Town Lilburn.
R. L. January 14, 2013 at 05:20 PM
I agree. It will be fantastic when the Tiberias open a restaurant in old town Lilburn! Especially, if they keep the menu the same as at The Sprig. Good fresh, healthy food!
Patricia Sabin January 14, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Very exciting! Count us in as regular customers.
Darin Sutton January 14, 2013 at 07:12 PM
One should not attribute such ignorant comments to the Mayor. I'm sure the Mayor didn't say tattoo parlor or consignment. He would surely support local businesses. It must have been someone that looked like the Mayor.
Trudy Brown January 14, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Can't wait for Sprig. As for the consignment shop, been there loved it, really nice- Hope she stays - a nice addition to Main street.
Roger Jennings January 14, 2013 at 07:32 PM
I can assure you that the Mayor has NEVER visited or been in several businesses on Main Street.
Roger Jennings January 14, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Would be an asset to Historic Main Street. As a regular customer it will draw people too the area and benefit other local shoppes. Butthen again how many of the above commenters have stopped in to visit Main Street Market or Old Town Flowers lately ? (if even ever !) To have a viable downtown community you have to have a good mix and diversity (visit downtown Chanblee) but more importantly you have to have the support from the community.
Dot York January 14, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Bill has told me about visiting you and he does like your store. I am coming to see you soon.
Dot York January 14, 2013 at 08:12 PM
I love them both!
Bonnie January 14, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Just hearing the nice comments from neighbors and from shop owners makes me eager to get back over to Main Street and spend the afternoon.
Wendy Carter January 14, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Mrs. York stop by New For You Consignment Boutique any time- I always keep the coffee and tea pot on for friends new & old. I hate to tell customers that they have to leave Old Town to have lunch. Sprig would change that. All business corridors need an anchor - Sprig would be a great anchor. Roger Jennings Thanks for reminding us all to SHOP Old Town
Wendy Carter January 14, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Thanks Trudy- I plan to Stay..Don't think my tiny little consignment boutique is gonna ruin Old Towns "chances" for success. Hopefully it becomes a jewel - across the street from the diamond ring.
jen January 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Thank you to all of you for your encouraging comments and future support. We had a great time meeting all that came out to the event Saturday and look forward to seeing you again and meeting more Lilburn folks. Regards- Jennifer and Anthony Tiberia
John Henderson January 15, 2013 at 02:39 AM
It's been awhile since your bright smile has graced downtown!
Roger Jennings January 15, 2013 at 02:44 AM
I look forward to stopping in your shoppe next week you were closed today, not sure if you carry 2xlt!
Wendy Carter January 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Yes I am Closed Sunday & Monday ...But you can find me there from 11-6 in the winter till 7 Spring & Summer & Fall- I carry Women's /ladies sizes 4 -24
Karen Pound January 15, 2013 at 03:52 PM
My friend and I ate at Sprig last evening after reading the Patch article. The food was wonderful and the service was incredible. The servers could not do enough for us. This would be a wonderful addition to Old Town Lilburn. Shame on the mayor for his unkind comments...cities need all types of business. Very Excited!
Cheryl January 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I am so glad that a Restaurant may be coming back to Old Town Lilburn. I work and live in Lilburn and it is greatly needed. The Sprig sounds like the perfect one.


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