A local business recently welcomed new owners with big plans for the future in downtown Paris, Texas.
As of July 2, 2018, John and Alishia Bratcher are the official new owners of 107 Restaurant and Beer Garden. John and Alishia were both born and raised in Paris, Texas, and are now raising a family of their own here as well.
From fighting fires between Mt. Pleasant and Paris for more than 12 years to working as the Director of Sales at Printworks for four years, John is now dreaming about the growth and development of the newly acquired restaurant.
“I actually worked with Bret [previous owner] at the Paris Fire Department years ago,” said John. “When the idea came up for us to buy 107 it really just seemed like the right fit.”
John grew up around a family business as his parents have owned and operated Bratcher’s Nursery for 40 years in Blossom, Texas. John recalls the business starting off as a small greenhouse and being able to watch it grow over the last 40 years has confirmed that being business minded and being an entrepreneur is simply in his blood.
The Bratcher’s are excited for new things to come at 107 but want their customers to rest assured that what’s great about 107 will always remain the same. They plan to keep the staple items that everyone loves on the menu while developing and adding new items for customers to enjoy.
“Everyone keeps asking what’s going to change,” said John. “We really don’t have any big changes as far as food, drinks and atmosphere. We feel 107 has a great model and people really love it, why would we change that?”
John did, however, address that there are hopes to add a lunch menu to extend hours and offer Paris another lunch option with a great eating atmosphere. The other big change in the works is for 107 to accommodate customers year round. John didn’t share the details for that plan, but he hopes in the future that 107 will be a dining option for Parisians year round and throughout any type of weather without losing the unique atmosphere.
The downtown area has been the talk of the town as a new design group has been hired to discuss future plans and development. John said he loved being a part of the conversation and is excited about the future of downtown Paris.
“We really think something big is going to happen here and we want to be a part of it,” said John. “I’m excited to see other restaurants, coffee shops and businesses move in downtown. We don’t see this as competition really, it’s all about bringing life downtown and creating a community here. We’re all for it.”
107 Restuarant and Beer Garden is currently open Wednesday – Saturday evenings, weather dependent. Check out their website for more information.