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It All Started With The Building

A Fresh New Concept Arriving in Franklin This Spring - Stable Reserve

Article by Karen Creason

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Franklin Lifestyle

Something new is coming to downtown Franklin and according to Stable Reserve managing director Allison Weatherman “It all started with the building.” Located at 412 Main Street, Stable Reserve was named after the original use of the building as Franklin’s horse stable at the turn of the 20th century. Allison, along with managing partners, Cam and Beth Goodwin and Hunter Yeager, have their sights set on opening Stable Reserve in spring 2023.  

Originally dubbed “an ornament to Main Street,” the 1890 building is steeped in history, which the Franklin natives are keen on preserving. Remodeling tells the stories of past occupants; parts of the historic building were insulated with old newspapers dating back to the 1920s when the building was home to Franklin’s Review-Appeal. Buried underneath layers of vinyl and 1970s parquet flooring, 2” walnut floors from 100 years ago stand preserved. The six original horse stalls are still intact and a custom walnut bar is being built through the stalls to highlight the history of the building.

When presented with the opportunity to create something special in their hometown, the group agreed it had to be something that would make Franklin locals proud and become a memorable place to share with visitors. “We wanted a place that transitions well from day to night for the community, and the idea of letting people relax and unplug throughout the day and into the evening excited us,” says Hunter. They landed on the perfect concept: a southern brew bar and distillery. 

The group is combining three different experiences in one space guaranteeing something for everybody.

Stable Reserve

Partnering with locally-owned Narrow Gate Coffee Co., guests can enjoy an espresso, drip coffee, single origin pour-over coffee while also enjoying a fabulous view of Main Street. The laid-back atmosphere is conducive to sit, sip and stay; small meetings and an informal touch base space. Continues Allison, “We saw a need for this. Wouldn't it be great to be able to sit in really comfy chairs and not be crowded or rushed and just be able to talk?” The space will also be available for hosting seated dinners, holiday parties, VIP events and more. The group looks forward to hosting songwriter's nights and other events for the public. A high-end retail shop offering luxury gifts including leather goods, custom pottery and glassware, cocktail mixes, books, and exclusive local and homemade home accessories will round out the space.

Stable Reserve Distillery and Stable Reserve Spirits

Located just down the street on Columbia Avenue, Stable Reserve Distillery is proud to be the first distillery in Franklin city limits since the prohibition era. Stable Reserve Distillery will produce Stable Reserve Spirits that are “totally unique to where we are, who we are and what we are looking to bring to everybody,” including bourbon, vodka, gin and liqueurs.  For example, their “super sippable” botanical-based gin is crafted using local growers and producers. “It has lemon verbena, chamomile, and is easy on the juniper. People who don’t like gin, will love this gin!,” gushes Allison.

Stable Reserve Southern Brew Bar

The tasting bar will offer tasting flights, coffee-based cocktails, mocktails, seasonal cocktails and more. Upscale bites including appetizers, charcuterie boards, platters, and other selections on rotation will also be offered to make it a great place to relax pre-dinner, pre-show or a fun night out.

Follow their progress toward a spring opening at @stablereserve on Instagram.

“We like to think of Stable Reserve as a destination, offering something for everybody. It is low key, very Franklin and you can choose your own adventure.” - Beth Goodwin

  • Original finishes discovered during restoration
  • Brickwork uncovered during the restoration