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For years, people have wished for it.

Whenever improvements would be made to the Lebanon Public Square, such as the roundabout, or if a new salon or boutique opened up, praise would be followed by a statement: It would be so nice to have a restaurant on the Square.

Two spots, Split Bean Roasting and Dean’s Hot Chicken and Waffles, have opened around the Square, but this past weekend it was an all-new pub and eatery that had the masses talking – and drinking and eating.

Welcome, Town Square Social.

Town Square Social, nestled next to The Arcade, is the brainchild of restaurant industry veterans Kyle Shaffer and Cody McCray.

Shaffer spent 13 years working at Corner Pub while McCray served the masses on Nashville’s Lower Broadway at historic honkytonk Tootsie’s.

Shaffer, a graduate of Lebanon High School, and McCray, a graduate of Friendship Christian School, were always buddies.

“On Sundays, on the lake, we would talk about how we should open up our own place someday,” McCray recalled. “We knew there was nothing on the Square and we found this building.”

Shaffer said they spent more than a year renovating the space. Details like exposed brick and hardwood floors added to the ambiance of the eatery. Classic, not stuffy. Cool, but family friendly.

“We are a full-service restaurant and bar. We have burgers, wings, salads, wraps,” McCray said.

Shaffer chimed in, “And hopefully some of the fastest service in Lebanon.”

Town Square Social opens at 11 a.m., seven days a week.

The upstairs portion of the building is still being renovated; however, they plan to use it as event space. They envision it being a spot for parties and even live music.

They had a soft opening last weekend and sold 160 hamburgers in one day.

Both men said they enjoy talking to customers.

“We haven’t set a grand opening yet,” Shaffer said. “We are focusing on getting things right, first. We have really had an outpouring of messages and just a ton of support.”

McCray said they have a great, knowledgeable staff, which helps – including kitchen manger and “Smoke Master” Jeremy Belcher.

“We as the owners have to be out on the floor,” he continued. “Shaking hands, making sure the food is coming out right.”

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