Athens-Clarke County, The Rook & Pawn

Closing Date: June 24, 2015
In June 2015, the Foundation provided an $80,000 loan to the Athens Downtown Development Authority to partially finance renovations and the purchase and installation of equipment at 294 West Washington Street in downtown Athens. The DDA provided a simultaneous loan to The Rook and Pawn, LLC, the project’s developer. The completed project houses The Rook and Pawn, a bistro and board game café. The total project cost is $200,000.

Project Details

Loan Recipient
Athens Downtown Development Authority

The Rook and Pawn, LLC

Project Cost

GCF Loan Amount

DD RLF Loan Amount, if any

Project Use
Bistro and board game cafe
Foundation Project Impacts
299 New Downtown Businesses
1728 New Jobs Downtown
$147 Million in Private Investments
8 Cultural Facilities
288 Downtown Housing Units
157 Hotel Units Downtown
1,352,805 Redevelopment Floor Area sf
200,267 New Construction sf