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First Ever Food Park Has Plans to Hit Villa Rica

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Co-owners Brandon Thompson and Shane George have new ideas for a property they purchased together at 419 Main Street in Villa Rica; and after spending $50,000 in plans, they’re set on bringing this new food spot to town. 

According to Thompson, when the two purchased what had been a tire shop they originally wanted to take it to the ground and convert the location to a three-story, mixed-use development that would have had three to four commercial spaces on the bottom and eight luxury apartments on the second and third floors. Due to increased interest rates, they decided to change plans. Now they are not opening a restaurant but a shipping container food park that will allow “eight budding restaurateurs to come in and make their place in Villa Rica while building their name up to later on one day open a restaurant.” 

Thompson compares his development to the Krog Street Market in Atlanta, stating that it will be a similar attraction. It is named Robbie’s Shipping Container Food Park and will have a rooftop bar and be an event center where families can rent out the entire space for a private event. According to the development plans, the eight tenants will be given 200 square feet each in addition to 400 square feet of  shared kitchen, 3,200 square feet of covered seating and a 4,800 square-foot roof deck. They are aiming to break ground to begin construction on August 1 and be open by November 15. 

“This will allow the local community to gather, to break bread with one another while having incredible conversations; to give folks a potential coffee shop, noodle bar, margarita bar, taco place, and so much more as well. We will have such a unique concept that this will be the hottest event center in town,” Thompson said. 

After redoing plans for over a year, the business partners are “way over budget.” They will be seeking crowdfunding from the community soon just to help them make up for their being over budget. Thompson posted on his personal Facebook page to inform the community that those who donate to their GoFundMe will receive a “community appreciation private event as well as will get to see the building before it opens to the public.” Thompson said this idea came to him from various travels all over the globe, but specifically the southeast. “People like to eat and we want to give them the best, most communal space where they can get the best Atlanta eats right here in their own hometown,” Thompson said. 

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