HED: Park Heights prepares for downtown move
LEAD-IN: Fairpark space will have a patio amd rooftop dining.
By Carlie Kollath
TUPELO – Blair Hughes, owner of Park Heights, wasn’t looking to move her West Jefferson Street restaurant to a new location, but she says the more she heard about the Fairpark District, the more she realized it would be the right place for her fine-dining establishment.
And when Park Heights opens late this summer next to the Hilton Garden Inn, look for it to be bigger and better, according to Hughes. Most notably, the new location will have two main dining rooms, patio dining and Tupelo’s first rooftop dining.
“We’re building into that building the same details that we’ve kind of come to love here,” she said, motioning to the wall of windows in the main dining room, complete with the curved wall in the corner. “We’ll keep the feel, but we don’t want to replicate it.”
While the 7-year-old restaurant will still cover its tables with white tablecloths and have the candlelit ambiance, Hughes hinted that patrons can look forward to a “little bit of East Indies feel” in the new location.
Park Heights will be part of Fairpark at Main, a mixed commercial and professional space. Park Heights will be on the western end of the complex, and the Fairpark Grill, a restaurant concept new to the Tupelo market, will be on the eastern end.
The Grill is a casual, traditional American grill that has done well in Columbus and Starkville, according to John Bean, president of Eat With Us, the restaurant group that also owns Harvey’s, Sweet Peppers, Park Heights and Bulldog Deli.
Prices at the Fairpark Grill will be between Peppers and Harvey’s.
Bean said the contractor, Southland Construction, said the project will be completed in July. Then, the restaurants will have a simultaneous grand opening.