Shoney’s building has new occupant

Hamp and Blair Hughes have bought the former Shoney’s building on North Gloster Street in Tupelo. (previous coverage)

#djournal file photo of Shoney’s building on North Gloster Street in Tupelo

Blair Hughes owns Park Heights, an upscale restaurant in downtown Tupelo’s Fairpark District.

Blair Hughes said construction started last week on the former Shoney’s building. The crews are renovating the interior and exterior of the building.

She’s converting it into Restaurant South, which will serve upscale, updated soul food.

“Instead of fried okra, we’re going to have tempura-fried okra,” she said.

She hopes to be open Feb. 1.

(click the jump for a sampling from the menu)

The menu and hours are not finalized, but as of Wednesday, she plans to be open for dinner Monday through Saturday. Entrees will be in the $15 to $22 range, she said. And, the restaurant will have a bar and wine list.

She plans to focus on local food and Gulf Coast seafood. Possible menu items:

• Gulf Grouper with sweet corn cream

• Root vegetable gratin

• Dishes with vidalia onion butter

The menu will be different from what Park Heights serves at lunch, she said.

“It’s definitely Southern cuisine, but it’s taken up a notch and maybe prepared a little differently than how they’ve had it prepared in the past,” she said. “Updated Southern cuisine.”

She plans to hire 20 employees (servers, cooks, busboys, etc). If you want to work at Restaurant South, apply after Jan. 1 at Park Heights.

Read more in Friday’s Journal.

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