Dec. 20--A construction crew this week sawed openings for windows and doors into the coveted end-space of a long Germantown shopping center.
Inside, any remnant of the former Super D pharmacy at Germantown Crossing had been removed. The bare space will slowly be made into Huey's eighth restaurant, scheduled to open in mid-February.
Outside, the building at 7677 W. Farmington will remain as pristine as Germantown code requires.
Inside, the venerable Memphis bar-food franchise will transplant the funky charm of Midtown.
That means a couple of graffiti walls, where customers are free to draw and write permanent messages with Sharpies and Crayons.
And red-checkered linen on the tables, the "Huey's Prescriptions" sign behind the bar, the crutch stuck into the ceiling, the local photos covering the walls from floor to ceiling, and the thousands of toothpicks customers shoot through straws, like blow darts, into the soft ceiling.
"We want it to feel very comfortable and warm," Huey's area manager Steve Voss said just after interviewing a young woman Wednesday morning. She had emerged from Huey's temporary offices in another suite at Germantown Crossing. Voss is conducting interviews daily with applicants seeking one of the 65 server, cooking or bartending jobs.
They'll be working with space that most the other Huey's restaurants don't have: An expansive patio that can be sealed from inclement weather and a station for take-out orders.
The old Super D's overhang that once sheltered drive-thru prescriptions will now shelter the patio.
Huey's is leasing the space from Kroger Co., whose grocery is the anchor tenant in the center across from Germantown City Hall.
Super D vacated the site in March 2010.
Lauren B. McHugh, Huey's president, has said the site is far enough away from the other seven Huey's that it won't cannibalize their business.
Ten years have passed since Huey's last opened a new restaurant, the one at 4872 Poplar in East Memphis. The others are in Cordova, Collierville, Downtown, Southwind, Southaven and Midtown.