Old jail being renovated for Corner Cafe

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The building that used to be Marshall County's Jail in the northeast corner of Lewisburg's public square is being renovated to accommodate a restaurant called the Corner Cafe.

Michael Farrar, proprietor of Farrar Bonding Co. and the owner of the building, hired carpenters and other craftsmen to create 850 square feet of seating area for a restaurant he hopes to have open in six weeks.

Coffee, juice and pastries would be offered in the morning, Farrar said. Mid-day and evening meals will probably limited to soup, salad and sandwiches.

"We're trying to make sure the project is done with all local people and local products," he said, conceding he had to "go out of town" for some kitchen equipment.

The front dining room will offer a clear view of the County Courthouse and the corner of Water Street and First Avenue North where people go to enter Lewisburg City Court, Farrar said.

He's planning on interviewing managers, cooks, wait staff and others who'd like to work at the Corner Cafe.

Farrar's Bonding Co. will continue to have an office on the main floor of the building, but walls and ceilings are being built to keep the businesses separate.

Handicap accessibility is to be by a ramp being built between the old jail and the historic Ladies Rest Room building on First Avenue North that houses the city's Stormwater Management Office.

A deck will be open for the restaurant's smoking area, said Farrar who plans to widen the sidewalk around the corner of the building where a cafe table and umbrella might be placed.