Now we're cooking
BY SHELLEY BYRNE firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you're hungry.
Within the next few weeks, five Mayfield restaurants plan on opening, and another one is on the horizon.
"I really think Mayfield, in the last few years, has been in a commercial boom of sorts," said Nathan Lamb, Mayfield's building inspector.
Although several new restaurants are opening, Lamb also pointed to plans for other businesses, including Farmers Home Furniture, MegaGym and a new Kentucky Farm Bureau claims office as well as recently opened businesses, including PetSense, Panda Buffet and Little Casear's Pizza.
It hasn't all been good news, however, as Mayfield's Huddle House restaurant closed May 29.
Here's what's coming soon.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Construction on Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is finishing up, and it is expected to open July 30, said Kevin Newell, owner of Supreme Foods, the franchise group operating the restaurant.
The restaurant is locating in the former Haygood Building Supply, 1018 Paris Road.
Newell also plans to move the franchise group's headquarters to Mayfield. The corporation is working out of a house just south of Mayfield but is in the process of buying a large building just off the court square, Newell said, declining to give a precise location until the deal is complete.
"We have so many stores we're hiring more people in Mayfield and doing a lot of office work," he said. "We're going from five people to hiring quite a few more."
Supreme Foods already operates the Burger King restaurant in Mayfield as well as others in western Kentucky and northwest Tennessee.
"We have restaurants in Murfreesboro, Nashville and Clarksville, but there is so much great talent in Mayfield, we felt like we want to keep our headquarters in Mayfield and utilize the talent," Newell said. "Mayfield has just been a great community to us."
Catfish Corner Family Restaurant
Catfish Corner Family Restaurant announced Monday that the restaurant is moving to a new location at 341 Charles Drive, the former Dollar Tree, in the Wyatt Crossing Shopping Center.
It expects to open within the next two weeks, said Jennifer Franklin, one of the co-owners.
"We are almost there," she said.
Lettering has already gone up on the building, and the business has posted available jobs online. The new location offers roughly 1,000 more square feet, Franklin said.
The current location, on Ky. 58 East, will close soon to prepare for the move. No determination has been made yet on what to do with the building, which has operated as the restaurant since 1991, when Franklin's mother bought it.
"It will be very similar," Franklin said of the menu at the new location. "We're making some minor changes."
Best-selling items like catfish and pork tenderloin will remain, and more grilled seafood options will be added, she said. Some items, like chili, that have been on the menu year-round will now be seasonal.
"And we'll have way better parking," Franklin said.
Papa John's Pizza
Papa John's Pizza will reopen in its former location, 1265 Paris Road, in early August, said John Workman, director of operations for PJ Mayfield, LLC, the restaurant's new owner. The previous franchise owner closed Papa John's last fall.
Workman, who is also one of the business' operating partners, won the Papa John's franchise director of operations award last year for the franchise group, which includes two locations in Paducah. In addition to returning the restaurant brand to Mayfield, Workman said he plans for Papa John's to become more involved in the community.
Louisiana Recipe Southern Cuisine
Louisiana Recipe Southern Cuisine, 1110 Cuba Road, is operating out of a food truck on the premises, the former Katie's Kafe, but owner Josh Fox hopes to move operations to the permanent kitchen soon and allow patrons inside.
"We're looking to be open Aug. 1, I pray and hope," he said.
The delay moving into the building has been caused by some previously undetected plumbing issues, Fox said. Fox leases the building, and he said the owner is working with Mayfield Electric & Water Systems to resolve the issue before customers put any strain on the plumbing through its regular use.
"The problem's out of our hands right now," he said.
For now, nearly the entire menu, except fried items, are available from the restaurant's food truck, and picnic tables are available for diners, he said.
The restaurant specializes in Louisiana boils, build your own dinner platters, and Cajun and Creole specialties such as etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo and po'boy sandwiches, along with loaded versions of cabbage, potatoes and baked beans and its own line of homemade specialty butter sauces. It is open 11 to 7 Monday through Thursday, 11 to 9 on Friday, 3 to 9 on Saturday and noon to 7 on Sunday. A jazz singer offers entertainment on Saturday nights from 5 to 8.
When the building opens, it will seat 132 people, Fox said. He plans to offer both indoor and outdoor seating, catering services and have the building's upper floor available to rent for special occasions. A market will also sell Louisiana specialty ingredients for home cooks. Once complete, Fox plans to move the food truck to Paducah.
Sapporo Japanese Hibachi & Sushi
Work is also finishing up on Sapporo Japanese Hibachi & Sushi, 1102 Paris Road, Unit 15-B.
The restaurant is being built in Mayfield Shopping Plaza on Paris Road in a portion of the space formerly used by the M.T. Winchester Tavern.
"We are shooting for the first week of August," said Anita Chen, manager of four restaurant locations in Mississippi and one in Alabama.
Most of what remains is light cleanup work and hiring, she said, but added that employees from other locations would come to Mayfield to provide an experienced hand during the restaurant's first few weeks. A Facebook page, Sapporo Sushi Steakhouse of Mayfield, showed pictures of the newly finished flooring and interior. Chen said she would also post pictures of the menu for people to take a look at soon, likely toward the end of next week or the beginning of the week after.
It is the company's first restaurant in Kentucky.
Although some people may be familiar with hibachi restaurants where patrons sit around a hibachi grill and watch a chef cook, Sapporo uses a different concept designed to be faster and less expensive, Chen said in March.
"We're a smaller type where we'll have two main hibachi grills out in the dining area, where our guests can see our chefs cooking, but then our servers will bring the food to you," she said.
That also allows service to be faster, especially for customers who are on their lunch break and don't have much time to eat. Everything on the menu will be freshly prepared when a customer orders it, and it is customizable to their tastes, she said.
Although the other restaurants are weeks away, a new barbecue restaurant will take a little longer.
Foundation work began this week on Hoskins BBQ, which is projected to open next spring on Ky. 1241 at the corner of U.S. 45, just north of Mayfield.
The location is next to Dollar General and across the road from Harris Real Estate and Auction, said Stephen Powell, a spokesman for the family-owned business. The former Hoskins BBQ, which was in Folsomdale, burned one year ago.
The new restaurant will be a fast-casual business model and will seat roughly 115 people, Powell said. He anticipates having online ordering available and providing carryout services. Instead of giving their orders to a waiter, customers will walk up to a counter and place their order, then receive a number.
"It's a little different model from what we were doing," Powell said. "We will stray away from some of the home cooking we were doing and focus more on the barbecue and the desserts."
The building will have a rustic feel with barn board on the interior and a patio that can be enclosed, Powell said.