Traverse City Record-Eagle

Business

April 13, 2014

The Franklin restaurant a big deal

TRAVERSE CITY — A new two-story restaurant at Cass and Front streets is expected to create up to 100 jobs in a project that features a developer’s $5-plus million investment in the downtown corridor.

The Franklin is the second restaurant created by Traverse City residents Myles Anton and Paul and Amanda Danielson. The business partners founded Trattoria Stella at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons a decade ago, and said The Franklin will continue Stella’s tradition of dishes sourced with locally grown products from regional farmers.

“Everything is better” when locally sourced, said Anton, who will serve as The Franklin’s executive chef. Food products “that come across the country are aging and not in a good way. Anything I can get from 20 miles away that was picked yesterday or today is just superior in taste and looks, everything.”

The Franklin will be housed in a 13,000-square-foot property developed by Keen Technical Solutions. The project offers profound benefits to the business community, said Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce President Doug Luciani, because the building contains what arguably are the most state-of-the-art energy efficiency measures for a downtown commercial structure.

“It takes a corner in the heart of downtown that was not particularly productive and makes it very attractive and productive. It’s one more connection to get people moving down the street,” said Luciani.

The chamber’s development fund joined lead lender Traverse City State Bank in supporting the restaurant. Traverse City State Bank Chief Executive Officer Connie Deneweth said the bank is proud to support the Franklin and is excited about the new jobs it will create, along with the contributions the restaurant will make to the local economy.

“We expect it to be a model in terms of restaurant expertise, but also in terms of the building itself,” Luciani said.

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