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Downtown Franklin, TN Winter Social

Downtown Franklin, TN Winter Social

Anyone who lives in and/or loves Franklin, Tennessee’s original 15-block downtown area is welcome at a Winter Social hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) and SOL Restaurant Tuesday, February 19, at 5:30 p.m.

“The social will give us a chance to meet new neighbors, catch up on neighborhood concerns, and get to know some of the spicy new treats offered by our newest historic downtown Franklin restaurant venue,” said Joy Morris, chairman of the social.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres that show off the creativity of SOL’s chefs and the rich variety of true Mexican cuisine will be served at the social.  Admission is free to all DNA members, and friends of downtown can renew their memberships or join the organization at the door for an annual fee of $15 per family.

“We’re excited to welcome our neighbors and have them get to know what we have to offer,” said Jason McConnell, owner and executive chef of SOL, which opened in November on the corner of Fourth and Main at the location of the former Sandy’s Restaurant.  “We hope they’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that true Mexican food is varied, exciting, and creative.”

In addition to the complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar will be open.  Neighbors who want to have dinner following the social are urged to make reservations.

DNA usually hosts several social events per year, including the July ice cream social held in conjunction with the DNA annual meeting.

“In addition to getting to know our new neighbors and renewing old friendships, our neighborhood get-togethers give us a chance to catch up on some of the major issues affecting all of us in historic downtown Franklin,” said David Morris, DNA president.

“This year, we have some especially urgent concerns,” said Morris, “including the future of the City Hall property, the continuation of the Streetscape redevelopment project, the status of the Bicentennial Park, the reopening and revitalization of Franklin Cinema, the relocation of the Board of Probation and Parole office, and commercial encroachment into residential areas. We hope the City will soon implement a special plan to carefully study how to maintain the liveability and character of our downtown historic areas to protect the past as we continue to revitalize for the future.”

As stated in its charter, the purpose of DNA, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary year, is to help citizens of Franklin’s original 15-block downtown area “exercise greater control over the economic, political, environmental and social forces that influence their ways of life; to promote understanding among property owners, residents, government and business interests; to foster neighborhood identity and a sense of community; to cooperate and affiliate in appropriate ways with other local, state and national organizations having compatible goals.”

Anyone planning to attend the February 19 social should make a reservation by calling Margaret Martin, Reservations Chairman, (615) 794-2113, or emailing her at, so that SOL knows how many people to expect.   Reservations should be made by Tuesday, February 12.