Village at Woods Edge: Back Porch and Grille

Casual Dining for the Village and Beyond 

The Village at Woods Edge is a retirement community in Franklin, Virginia, known for its small-town charm and warm, home-like feel.  The Village offers a range of living options and has carefully designed its campus so that whether residents are in fully independent living or assisted living, they feel that they’re in their own homes and their own home community. To augment that design, the property owners wanted to expand the dining services available to its residents.  The Village already offered a full-service restaurant-style dining room; the owners now wanted to add additional options to enhance the feeling of the Village as a true village.


Size: 4,600 s.f.

Cost: $1 million

Client: Village at Woods Edge

1401 N High St
Franklin, VA

Completion: 2013

Project Type: Dining

Partners: ET Gresham

The new entrance to Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA, at dusk.
An aerial view of Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA, where you can see all construction, old and new.
A hand drawn look at the architectural hyphen of the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA. This is the glass atrium area that connects the old building to the new building.

Project Info

To realize the vision, Mather Architects created a plan for a smaller more casual dining area called the Back Porch and Grille, which includes a small bar, a patio, and more intimate seating.


We also designed a new dining area with a fireplace, boxed ceiling areas, outdoor seating and other design features that give it the feel of a quaint country club.

Another view of the new entrance to the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
Looking up at the atrium windows in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.

Throughout the design and construction process, we worked closely with the clients to ensure that the addition and renovations would integrate seamlessly into the existing building. The result is a warm, inviting suite of restaurants and dining rooms that offer residents of the Village a range of dining options.

In fact, members of the larger Franklin community have begun to join the Back Porch and Grille Dining Club – giving it, even more, the feeling of a casual gathering spot for the community. 


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