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Chubb’s Smokehouse in downtown Gallatin was named the eighth recipient of the City Beautification Award on Thursday, Sept. 3. JOSH CROSS

A popular downtown Gallatin restaurant has been recognized for building renovations that were completed recently while the business was closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chubb’s Smokehouse, located at 122 W. Franklin St., was named the most recent recipient of the City Beautification Award earlier this month by Mayor Paige Brown and the Gallatin Beautiful committee.

The recognition comes after the restaurant rehired laid-off employees to come back to work, repainting thousands of individual bricks on the exterior of the building earlier this year.

“Something positive that came out of the pandemic was the innovations and wherewithal that I’ve seen by our business owners,” Brown said about the renovation project. “I feel like most people didn’t want to just sit at home, even when unemployment was available. I commend businesses like Chubb’s for giving their employees the opportunity to work during these difficult times. I sincerely appreciate that the new look better compliments our historic downtown square.”

The building, constructed in 1883, was once home to city hall and the police and volunteer fire departments, according to Ken Thomson, president of the Sumner County Historical Society. It also had a barn in the back where horses and a pumper wagon were kept.

Since acquiring the property in 2016, owner Wayne Holloway has remodeled the front porch and patio, added a back patio and removed the upstairs walls to create an area for live music and dining. He later repainted the building red, yellow and orange as a nod to its former use as a fire station.

“We were standing outside brainstorming and thought we wanted to do something that fit in better than orange,” Holloway said about the most recent renovation project. “Someone brought up the idea of pressure washing all of the paint off of there, which would have been a major undertaking. We would have loved to expose the brick, so the second-best thing to that was just to paint it.”

Crews started by randomly painting individual bricks to see how it would look before eventually expanded to repainting the entire building.

Now reopen, Holloway said he is thankful for the support Chubb’s Smokehouse has received from both the city and the restaurant’s customers.

“I’m just hoping to pull through this pandemic and see that little square continue to thrive and grow,” Holloway added. “It’s got a special place in my heart. I can’t wait for things to get back to normal so we can get back on the road to progress.”

In order to be eligible to receive a City Beautification Award, a business must be located inside the city limits of Gallatin. Nominations can be made based on a combination of elements including general maintenance, landscaping, building improvements, historical preservation and parking lot beautification.

To nominate a business, visit www.gallatintn.gov/291/Beautification-Awards or contact the mayor’s office at 615-451-5961.

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