Owensboro Living spoke with Mellow Mushroom’s Bob Holderfield today about the renovations to the ground floor at 101 W 2nd Street.
The floor plan is ready. All the design work is complete. Now that they’ve received a building permit, they’re able to get started on the renovations.
“We’re excited to get in there,” Holderfield said this afternoon. “We have a lot of extensive work to do to the building.” But when you’re dealing with older buildings, you have to take special considerations, he said.
One example of the “extensive work” is the open kitchen design that is a standard feature in all Mellow Mushrooms.
Holderfield, who also owns the Mellow Mushroom in Bowling Green, expects the Owensboro restaurant to open after the first of the year.
As far as interior design, each Mellow Mushroom has its own identity and is completely different from the others. “For the Owensboro Mushroom, we played off the character of the historic building and the fact that it used to be a bank. But we also captured the hippy culture and rock n’ roll like the other stores. It will be like nothing Owensboro has ever seen,” Holderfield said.
The dining room at the Owensboro location will be in the 101 W. 2nd building. The bar will be next door at 105-107 W. 2nd. There will be an outside entrance from the street to the bar, but it will also be accessible through the dining room.
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers was established in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 and operates as a restaurant franchise with over 150 locations throughout the United States. Its headquarters are in Fulton County, Georgia according to Wikipedia.
Mellow Mushroom specializes in pizza, but also serves calzones, hoagies, salads, and appetizers. Pizza is sold in three sizes, but slices are available during lunch and late night at some locations. Some Mellow Mushrooms deliver; those that do not have a pick-up option.
Owensboro Living will keep you posted with updates as they come in.