The area developing along Division east of the Gulch will need a catchy new name as retail and restaurant growth picks up pace along that stretch.
The latest to announce its tenancy is restaurant Pour House Bourbon, Burgers and Brews, at 730 Eighth Ave. S. in the building that formerly housed Arts & Petals.
The restaurant, being developed by businessman David Purcell, contractor Ted Shelton and designer (and onetime partner in Silly Goose) Mandy McNeil, was originally going to reside in the spot where Culligan Water operated. When that tract sold to a hotel developer, Purcell shifted to the old Arts & Petals building, where he has a long-term lease.
Purcell, who formerly owned Spanky McGee's in Green Hills, traveled to Connecticut to visit the former Spanky's manager and explore a few restaurant concepts. He plans to offer just what the restaurant name says: lots of beef, beer and spirits. Besides burgers, the menu will include ribs, a prime cut of beef and salads. Veteran restaurateur Jay Pennington has been consulting to help streamline supplies and work out a menu that will be efficient to prepare given the planned layout of the kitchen. Pennington is consulting on price point as well, which hasn't yet been decided.
Purcell says the design is moving forward, with plans for an indoor/outdoor bar, lots of patio seating and a variety of booth and table elevations to break up the 4,000-square-foot space. The group has the demolition permit to "take the building back to a plain vanilla box" before renovating. Because they want to offer live music, a stage is planned for the back of the space (on the Froogal McDougal side). The plans are currently with Metro Planning Commission, and include a unique design feature Purcell couldn't reveal, pending approval.
No opening date has been set, and Purcell wants to wait until the approval process is further along. McNeil is working on a logo, which we'll publish here when we get it.