In 2014, the owners of the General Francis Marion Hotel and Conference Center decided to expand and open what is now known as 27 Lions. Offering a wide variety of pizza, burgers and salads, as wells as a full bar equipped with 27 taps of beer, the restaurant has become a major asset in downtown Marion. Hosting trivia and live music every week, they are becoming the perfect weekend hangout spot!
Last summer, representatives from the business competed in Marion's "Pop Up Marion" Entrepreneurial Development Program. The Town of Marion received a Community Business Launch Grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development to help businesses open and expand within the town limits. 27 Lion's competed in the program, and was awarded $20,000 to expand and create an outdoor venue.
And now, they have officially opened their outdoor patio and dining area!
"We'd like to thank the Town of Marion for providing us with the opportunity to participate in their one of a kind Pop Up Program," said Brittany Hughes, General Manager of The General Francis Marion Hotel. It was a great learning experience, and we are proud to be a part of making Marion America's coolest hometown!"
" This was a great opportunity for Marion Downtown and the Town of Marion," said Olivia McDonald, Executive Director of Marion Downtown. "We have a beautiful downtown, but many businesses have been unable to take advantage of outdoor seating due to the way our downtown has somewhat of a slant." 27 Lions got creative and decided to take advantage of their back parking lot and have created a beautiful outdoor seating area, that I hope is used year-round!"
Stop by and visit 27 Lions and check out their outdoor seating! Located at 111 East Main Street in downtown Marion, it's the perfect place to relax on a weekend summer night!
To check out their music lineup or menu, visit www.27lions.com. For more information, call (276)378-0844.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday, 4:00pm til 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 4:00pm til midnight
Marion's next round of "Pop Up" Marion will take place later this fall. Anyone interested in learning more about how to start your own business, or just needs to refresh your current business plan can take the class, for free! The five-week program is developed to assist entrepreneurs in learning how to develop a business plan, all while assisting with marketing ideas, going over credit and providing free mentorship to those in need. Sign up to potentially win $5,000 to start your own business! For more information, contact (276)783-4190 or visit www.marionva.org.