The Covington News - - LOCAL - DARRYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

The year that Phar­nacy opened as a drug­store in Down­town Cov­ing­ton.

Nearly 100 years ago —1923 to be ex­act — City Phar­macy opened its doors in down­town Cov­ing­ton most likely of­fer­ing an ar­ray of elixirs de­signed to cure any num­ber of ail­ments and mal­adies be­set­ting New­ton County’s cit­i­zens. When the 2017 in­car­na­tion of City Phar­macy opens later this year, its mis­sion will be ba­si­cally the same, but in­stead of a phar­ma­cist, a chef and bar­tender will be cre­at­ing and con­coct­ing the cures.

The new restau­rant, the brain­child of Cov­ing­ton na­tives Tedo and Sasha Stone will add an­other din­ing op­tion to the ev­er­grow­ing scene that is down­town Cov­ing­ton. The space re­cently housed Square Perk Café. When the café closed in 2016, Tedo said he started think­ing about a new restau­rant in the space.

Tedo and Sasha said they re­searched their project for four to six months, vis­it­ing and con­sult­ing with other restau­rants.

“We’ve as­sem­bled a great team,” Sasha said.

They plan a chef-driven menu, work­ing with At­lanta chef Todd Richards on the con­cept. Sasha said the menu will be South­ern themed, with reimag­ined com­fort food.

Along one of the newly ex­posed brick walls to­ward the front of the restau­rant will be the bar. Tedo said the 15 seat bar will fea­ture old fash­ioned goose neck soda dis­pensers and clas­sic cock­tails like Man­hat­tans. He said the bar will have a range of op­tions for ev­ery­body.

On the other side of the restau­rant will be a Raw Bar with fresh oys­ters. Seat­ing near the front win­dows will pro­vide pa­trons a place to re­lax, en­joy and un­wind while watch­ing down­town Cov­ing­ton pass by out­side.

The space be­tween the two bars will lead din­ers to the full ser­vice din­ing area.

The build­ing is owned by Tedo’s dad, Phil. Phil worked at the orig­i­nal City Phar­macy be­hind the soda foun­tain be­fore head­ing off to phar­macy school at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia. Af­ter a year in At­lanta, he re­turned to Cov­ing­ton and worked for Evans Drug Store. He bought the phar­macy from Dr. Guy Evans in 1977 and op­er­ated it as City Phar­macy un­til clos­ing the busi­ness in 1993.

The restau­rant was de­signed by Seiber De­signs of At­lanta. In ad­di­tion to ex­posed in­te­rior brick walls, Tedo is plan­ning to keep the build­ing’s orig­i­nal tile floor. He said stained the glass win­dows at the front of the build­ing will be re­stored to bring in more nat­u­ral light­ing. The high ceil­ings in the space will cre­ate an open and airy din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. There are also plans to re­store a mu­ral along one wall.

The Stones are plan­ning for a De­cem­ber open­ing.

Even though it mostly re­sem­bles a con­struc­tion space right now, it’s not hard to imag­ine the fin­ished prod­uct.

One of the slo­gans for the old City Phar­macy was “where friends meet.” In a few months, folks will get to do just that. Again.

Darryl Welch | The Cov­ing­ton News

Con­struc­tion is un­der­way on the Cov­ing­ton Square for the new City Phar­macy.

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