Amateur brewer prepares to open Franklin restaurant

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For about 40 years, a Franklin man had a dream to run a small pub or tavern, and when a former government building was listed for sale he saw his chance.

Over the past year, Phil Warrenburg sought hundreds of thousands from investors, opened up his finances and his ideas to a city board and taken out an extra life insurance policy on himself in case the unthinkable happens.

He has worked as a landscape architect, managing workers and overseeing design projects, and now works as a purchasing manager for an Edinburgh manufacturer. And at age 59, he finally is ready to make his visions of a neighborhood pub serving his own craft beer and a full restaurant menu a reality.

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