While construction continues on the future Tupelo Honey site, the business spent Monday looking for potential employees. (Tony Duncan/Johnson City Press)
Work continues at a historic Johnson City railroad depot this week as the incoming tenant holds a job fair to find employees to work there.
Tupelo Honey opened the week with the first day of a week-long job fair at Johnson City’s Carver Park Recreation Center, where the company hopes to find nearly 100 kitchen employees, servers and managers to fill its newest restaurant, expected to open in the century-old CC&O Depot June 16.
“We’re eager to get in there,” Tupelo Honey Director of Marketing Elizabeth Sims said Monday. “We had a great turnout today for the job fair, lots of people came by to apply.”
Local contractor Mitch Cox Construction is finishing the freight bay of the train depot under direction of the restaurant’s project manager, Jody Gipson.
The original wooden floors of the bay now have a high-gloss shine, and new windows and doors let natural light into the future restaurant space.
The kitchen is partitioned from the dining room and the bar area is beginning to take shape.
Eventually, the bar waiting area will feature a scaled down model of the city’s major railroads built by Fred Alsop, director of East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum.
The repairs to the aging building took Rainey Construction, hired by depot owner Greg Cox, a little longer than expected to replace rotted wood and wiring.
The delays before Tupelo Honey’s contractor could begin work pushed the restaurant’s opening back about a month.
The job fair continues this week each day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or a printable application, visit tupelohoneycafe.com.
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