You can easily walk by 4609 Butler St. and not notice the large brick building that now stands vacant. But that could soon change.
If all goes as planned, by the spring of 2021 Lawrence Hall will be a beautifully-designed food hall with five vendor stations and seating for about 130. Husband-and-wife team Brett and Phoebe Minarik and their business partner Adam Harvey, all Lawrenceville residents, plan to operate a 26-seat bar called Dear James and a sixth vendor area in the front that will include a walk-up service window accessible from the street. The concept of that space is undetermined, but it could serve coffee or other fresh, grab-and-go items.
Constructed in the 1890s, the building — which boasts 27-foot ceilings — housed everything from a movie theater and a laundromat to an automobile dealership.
Large, slidable glass entry doors will replace the existing garage door. The owners also plan to widen the two rear windows and remove and re-purpose the tin ceiling tiles, exposing a cathedral ceiling accented by wooden beams. To top it off, skylights will be installed. The entire space will be available to rent for private functions.
Preserving the integrity of the structure is important to the owners who are working with mossArchitects on the design. They’ve already found old postcards and artifacts they want to include in the redesign.
As for the food, the team will accept applications from new and…