When I last checked in with Wally Joe in January about his new restaurant, he was "hopefully optimistic" that it would open this fall.
I live near the block in East Memphis where Perkins Extended branches off of South Perkins, so I've kept an eye all summer long on the house that Joe chose as the restaurant's site. But did I notice demolition work finally started two weeks ago? Nope.
Fortunately, Flyer ME Susan Ellis is a little more observant, so we zipped in the driveway the other day for a look around. We found the demolition crew taking a break in the house's beautiful backyard, so we chatted for a bit and started looking around. (The front door was open!)
Checking out the house was easy, because there are no walls!
Seriously, though, the house and the setting are beautiful: gorgeous oak floors, lovely staircase, large fireplace, and a serene and wooded lot that, according to Joe, "will be perfect for small weddings and receptions and things of that nature."
The restaurant (contemporary with a classic feel) is being designed by a local firm: Doug Enoch and Associates. "The firm is known more for high-end residential homes, so the architect has a good feel for the house," Joe says.
When finished, the restaurant will offer indoor seating for 70, outdoor seating for 30, and a small bar. That's the good news. The bad news is renovation won't be completed until spring.
"We are hoping for May, but that may be overly optimistic," Joe says. "It could drag into the summer."