Last March, Blue Canoe owner Adam Morgan said he had plans for the former South restaurant on North Gloster Street that could come to fruition this year.
And here we are.
Workers have been at the site in recent days, and a crew was taking down the awnings of the building. Inside, the booths and chairs have been moved over to make room for new flooring, it seems.
Morgan confirmed he’s started work on the place, but isn’t quite ready to reveal what will go there.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m excited about what we’re bringing to town. It’s a concept that I don’t think Tupelo-area folks are familiar with, but I think they’re going to dig it when they see it,” he said.
He added that he hopes to open sometime this summer.
With his deft hand at running Blue Canoe, it will be interesting to see what will come of the new place.
So, let the speculation begin!
The building, located near the busy North Gloster Street/McCullough Boulevard interchange, was a Shoney’s for many years, before closing in May 2011 for “renovations” that never happened. Shoney’s said in December of that year that it had decided to close the location permanently.
Hamp Hughes bought the building in July 2012, and following extensive renovations inside and out, the building opened as South in February 2013. It closed in July 2017.
Formerly South restaurant, the building is being renovated by Blue Canoe owner Adam Morgan.