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Johnson City would be great location for Tupelo Honey

Staff Report • Jul 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM

We should know soon where Tupelo Honey Cafe will call home in the Tri-Cities. The Asheville, N.C.-based restaurant has conducted online polls and on-site visits to find a suitable location for a new eatery somewhere in Bristol, Johnson City or Kingsport.

Officials from Tupelo Honey were in Johnson City on Tuesday to take a look at the old CC&O Railroad depot.

Certainly, we’d be happy to have a regionally renowned restaurant like Tupelo Honey settle anywhere in the Tri-Cities, but pardon us if we believe downtown Johnson City is the most logical choice.

Our city’s railroad history will be celebrated in the redevelopment of the CC&O depot. A Sevierville attorney has purchased the building and plans to develop it as a locally themed brewery that would partner with a restaurant. We can think of no better partner for this project than Tupelo Honey.

Johnson City is a perfect fit for Tupelo Honey. Our downtown is becoming the talk of the region, and a restaurant like Tupelo Honey could definitely benefit from that conversation. Johnson City is home to East Tennessee State University — a vibrant and growing institution that represents an essential economic driver of the region. Northeast State Community College will soon open its new campus downtown, which will draw even more people to the district.

Johnson City has been blessed to see a number of unique restaurants and businesses thrive in the downtown area in recent years. We hope Tupelo Honey will decide to join them. The restaurant would surely be welcomed.

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