As we mentioned last week, the opening of BULLDOG BURGER CO
. in Tupelo has been pushed back to summer, likely to July.
And now we have an official name to the building that will house the restaurant, as well spaces for a couple of retailers. It will be called Midtown Plaza. Attached are refurbishment plans – created by TekStudio’s Chris Root – that give us some idea of what the plans are for the building.
According to Clay Short, vice president of commercial real estate f0r TRI Realty Inc, the restaurant will take a little more than half of the space of the building. The available retail space – nearly 3,000 square feet – can be split into different sizes.
Also, “We’ll have 61 parking spaces out front,” said John Bean, president and CEO of Eat With Us, the restaurant group whose brands include Bulldog Burger, Sweet Peppers Deli, Harveys and the Grill.
The plan had been to open this spring, but Bean said a lot of mechanical, electrical and plumbing work had to be installed in the building.
“This wasn’t anything like the renovation of Sweet Peppers,” he said of the work on the sister restaurant that happened a few blocks away on West Main Street in 2017.
Bean also said they wanted to maintain the character of the building as well, keeping the exposed brickwork and other elements intact.
The building, built in 1947, was home to Wigginton Machine Works for 35 years, from 1983-2018. It also was once home to a Studebaker and Pontiac dealership.
“It’s an old building and there wasn’t a lot in there to work with,” Bean said. “So it’s taken a little longer to get it ready.”
In addition to the Midtown Plaza building, a corner lot comprised of about 1.3 acres adjacent to and north of Midtown Plaza , is available. The lot can be purchased or it can be developed “for credit-worthy tenants” in a strip center that would be serve as the second phase of the project, Short said.
“This area has been overlooked due to the blight and the fairly complicated challenge of assembling the properties of more than one owner, into the right sizes for today’s users,” Short said. “These forgotten parcels also happen to be located close to the highest traffic volume of two combined roads in the market, Main and Gloster. (It is a) very powerful site chosen by master restaurateurs.”