Apartments to replace downtown bar

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Eight luxury apartments will replace the empty building on Main Street that previously housed Latin Quarters, Lucky Joe’s and Benjamin’s.
Co-owner Marci Wagner said she and her husband, Scott, bought the building at 124 Main St., in addition to the space next to it that previously held The Big Easy, a New Orleans-style restaurant.
The Wagners are in negotiations with the Neon Pig owners to open a second location in the Big Easy space.
Neon Pig co-owner Mitchell McCamey said a contract hasn’t been signed, but he and business partner, Seth Copeland, are thinking hard about opening another restaurant there. It would be open for lunch and dinner and McCamey’s still working on the menu.
“If Waylon Jennings was a cook, that’s what we’d be serving,” he said, referencing the 1970s country music star. “It’s impossible for me to describe it. It’ll be a real restaurant with real food made by real people. It’s going to be simple.”
He said he’s dedicated to his main restaurant on North Gloster Street, so he’s not sure if the downtown restaurant will come to fruition. “We love downtown, but life’s complicated,” McCamey said. “We’re still entertaining the idea.”
While several restaurants and bars have occupied the 124 West Main building, Wagner said she and her husband didn’t want to take the gamble again.
“We just didn’t want to put a huge restaurant there and see it go wrong,” she said. “There’s such a demand for apartments.”
The apartments, she said, will be luxury, executive living quarters. They will be fully furnished and have hardwood floors. Some will have exposed brick walls and a balcony.
Rents range from $1,200 to $1,500 per month.
“Within six months we hope to have a few of them open,” she said.
Wagner said the plan is to sign leases with tenants and then build out the apartment to fit them. For more information about the apartments, call (662) 549-6352.

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