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Speak Out: Future of Old Blue Rooster Site

The old Blue Rooster Café & Bakery location in Lilburn has been vacant for more than a year and a half. What do you think should go there?

Old Town Lilburn just isn't the same with the closed Blue Rooster Café & Bakery languisihing on Main Street.

For a year and a half now, it's sat empty -- a literal shell of what it used to be.

Mayor Johnny Crist has said he'd like to see a top-notch restaurant come to the location. It could be a virtual beacon for other changes to come, and make the area a destination, he said.

However, there are improvements that would have to be made, he added.

Property records show the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) purchased the building for $160,000 in October 2011.

The DDA had hopes of quickly leasing it to a restaurant operator. , but, to date, the facility has not been rented.

There's growing support for just knocking the whole thing down and constructing a replica building -- "something new that looks and feels old," said Doug Stacks, director of planning and development for Lilburn.

"The thought is that redeveloping the site would help start a pattern of development that would be followed throughout Old Town," he said in an email response. "However, no official decision has been made or funding secured to do that."

The DDA also is willing to sell the building for $200,000, which could help decide things, Stacks added. According to property records, the site is currently valued at $208,000.

So, we're asking, with no sealed deal 20 months after closing and the economy still in a quandary, what should the Downtown Development Authority do about the former Blue Rooster location?

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David Adams August 23, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I'll have to go with RL on the pint thing...
Rosalie August 23, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I just don't think it would be a good idea to be open late at night and or serving drinks and etc. Residents (famlies) are just down the block. It should go with the flow of the town. You have small country stores and etc. Say, put in a bakery, home made bread, and canned jellies and maybe sandwiches. Someplace you could stop and pick up something quick to eat or bring home goodies for dinner.
Scott Mecredy August 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM
This is Scott, owner of Music On Main Street (Obviously very concerned about the future of that property) and I was about to post the very same comment. It's a great combination of atmosphere and quality food. I support the members of the DDA in their effort to make sure that the property becomes something great for Old Town - and having attended several meetings on the subject, I know they are more than open to feedback and support from other members of the community.
Bruce penn October 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM
A restaurant that has an urban flavor to it would help those of us who frequently leave the area and go into Decatur and Atlanta for dinner. The country motif is great at Cracker Barrel! Would really like something more sophisticated for Lilburn.
Ben December 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The Problem I see this former restaurant is off of the main drag, The Blue Rooster done well, after everyone knew there was a great place to eat there, This again would be hard to do, because people in the Restaurant busness want to be seen, have a lot of Cars passing by each & every hour, Business people know it will take a lot of money to set up a restaurant, staff it and hope to get business, Not just someone that wants a cup of Coffee or hot chocolate, when the walk down the street in old town Lilburn, the need to serve a Lunch, Dinner, Drinks & So forth, and lots of it. I will be the first one to say, that Lilburn needs a good restaurant, because there is only fast food here, Out Back Steak House used to be haere, I hear they when up on there Rent, so they took off. Lilburn does not even have a Dairy Queen.in the City. If the space can't be leased to a restaurant, then lease it to someone that will put another type of business in there, Pay the rent, make money if possible, and have another vacant spaced filled. The City of Lilburn is loosing money each and everyday keeping this place vacant.

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