White signs with red lettering have appeared in the windows of 148 Roswell St. advertising the new restaurant "The Local" for "Breakfast and Lunch."
"Everybody has been coming by and looking in the windows wondering what is going on," said Elizabeth Manning, a property manager at Manning Properties, which owns the building.
Manning said the operators of The Local are waiting to release more information about the restaurant in a large marketing campaign, but she did confirm "they are local Marietta folks."
The operators of The Local, who recently applied for a business license, will be long-term tenants with a 20-year lease. Manning said this proves their desire to be on the Square.
The corner property, which sits across from the courthouse complex at Atlanta and Roswell streets, has been in the Manning family since it was built in 1900, before Atlanta Street was paved, Manning said.
The space was previously home to Tommy's Sandwich Shop, which opened in 1977 and closed in March, when former restaurateur Tommy Smith said he could not survive a jump in the monthly rent charged by Manning Properties.
Before it became a restaurant in 1977, the building was home to Groover's Hardware, which later became Cobb Hardware and moved off the Square.
On Aug. 5, the Marietta Historic Board of Review approved plans for Manning Properties to renovate the exterior of the 4,894-square-foot, red brick building.