Marco Franca is placing a $4 million bet on downtown Lakeland by buying a century-old building overlooking Munn Park and converting it to a “gastropub” serving cuisine of his native Brazil.
The business startup consultant is planning a December opening for Posto 9, a three-level venue at 215 E. Main St. that will include a lounge and dining room at street level, an event space on the second floor and Lakeland’s first rooftop lounge.
Franca just completed the $525,000 purchase of the building, which most recently housed Preservation Alley, and his cost estimates include $2.5 million for construction.
He’s planning a menu that reflects the full range of Brazilian cuisine, not just the steakhouse fare many Americans associate with the South American country. “Many different cultures immigrated to Brazil,” he said. “There are influences from all over.”
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