BALL GROUND — A new restaurant and market space that preserves a more than 100-year-old home in downtown Ball Ground is set to open within the next few weeks.

Lora Mae’s, at 420 Old Canton Road, will consist of a café and market selling small batch and family-prepared items. Owner Nancy Ann Wurtz said Lora Mae’s menu will feature soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as to-go meals, including butternut squash lasagna and pulled pork. Items in the market will include olive oils, coffee, spices, maple syrup and other similar products.

If the Ball Ground City Council approves the restaurant’s alcohol license application, Wurtz plans to also serve beer and wine, as well as sell bottles of wine to go, she said.

Located in a historic house that was in need of restoration in the downtown area, Wurtz said the house features a porch and garden space, both of which have enough space for customers to enjoy their meals.

“I was inspired by the history of downtown Ball Ground,” Wurtz said. “I wanted to bring something new and fresh to the community.”

Although the restaurant is not yet open, Wurtz said people have been stopping by and expressing their thanks that a large spruce tree that has stood on the property for many years was able to be saved. In addition, people have also shown a great deal of excitement about a restaurant bringing new life to the home, and about the eating space on the porch and in the garden.

“There’s a lot of community support here,” Wurtz said.

Ball Ground Historical Society member Jennie Byers said she believed the house dated to the turn of the 20th century. As a child, Byers said she would pass by the house on her way to Ball Ground Elementary School and always believed it was a beautiful house.

“We’re very thankful to see the house restored and preserved,” Byers said. “It means a lot to everyone.”

Ball Ground City Clerk Karen Jordan, who is also a member of the Ball Ground Historical Society said she loved seeing the house restored and having new life brought to it.

“I would have hated to see it destroyed,” Jordan said.

When the restaurant officially opens within the next few weeks, Lora Mae’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the Lora Mae’s Facebook page.

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