May 17, 2021

No Mo’ Loco in Downtown Franklin

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County’s largest restaurant, LocoMex on The River, closed its doors to customers early this week leaving Downtown Franklin without an establishment that serves distilled spirits.

That may be the case only temporarily, however, as the Heard Citizen learned officially today that a new restaurant will be coming to the location early next year.

The owner of the building, Shane Manders,confirmed today that a new lease agreement has been reached with two sisters, Beth and Nicole Holt, who plan to open their first restaurant there.

The name of the new establishment will be ‘Sol Sisters Cantina’ and the sisters plan to offer a wide variety of food and a full service bar.

The sisters, who both have years of experience in the food industry, say the casual dining establishment will no longer be a Mexican restaurant but will instead offer a variety of food including steaks, seafood, tacos, burgers, nachos, wraps and wings.

“We just want people to know we plan to offer a safe and family-oriented environment, but also be a place to enjoy drinks and watch sports,”says Nicole Holt. “We can’t wait to provide jobs for people, and offer our employees a secure and happy place to work.”

Holt says Sol Sisters Cantina plans to provide popular offer entertainment options as well such as live music, trivia nights, and karaoke. They expect to launch the hiring process sometime in mid to late January.

Manders says he is rooting for the sisters to be a huge success in order to help keep the downtown area vibrant.

“I just want to say congratulations to Beth and Nicole and wish them the best of luck,” Manders stated today. “I can’t wait to see them killing it in the restaurant game!”

The City of Franklin first passed the ordinance allowing the serving of distilled spirits in restaurants in November of 2017. LocoMex on the River was the first to take advantage of the ordinance thus far and the only other current pouring liquor license belongs to the Rutledge Cafe on Mary Johnson Drive.


  1. John Roberts says

    Hell YES!!! Awesome.. with that selection of food, we will frequent the establishment. Looking forward to it! So glad to have the change.

  2. David Smith says

    Isn’t this the old capt. Billy’s restaurant?

  3. Loco Rio was the 1st to hold a alcohol license. Not loco mex!

  4. Debbie Eidson says

    Glad to hear this. I’ve been driving 40 minutes for over 2 years to attend trivia at this location.

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