by Erin Coggins
MidCity is about to get a little sweeter with the opening of Tupelo Honey. The restaurant, set to open this summer, will be located on the bottom northwest corner of MidCity’s newest residential building, Metronome.
“The owners of Tupelo Honey like to be within mixed-use, urban development areas,” senior director of development of RCP Companies, Nadia Niakossary said. “Where people live and work fits well with their lunch, brunch and dinner menu.”
Tupelo Honey, with 22 locations, including Chattanooga and Franklin, Tennessee, is a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina mountains the restaurant’s founders call home. The restaurant’s recipes are characterized as “simply crafted and made from scratch with responsibly sourced ingredients that bring the best of every season.”
“Their chefs are often nominated for James Beard awards,” Niskossary said. “These accolades are a tell-tale sign of their food.”
Tupelo Honey’s brunch may be the most anticipated part of the restaurant’s opening in MidCity. Offering a variety of options, including four combinations of chicken and waffles, the brunch menu appeals to all palates. As for those who like to imbibe at their weekend brunch, Tupelo Honey has a unique Mimosa menu, including a “Bless Your Heart” mimosa made from blood oranges and lime.
“Huntsville lacks on the boozy brunches,” Nikossary said. “We are excited for this part of it. They offer a really good breakfast option for the market.”
Nikossay says bringing in Tupelo Honey has increased the interest of businesses in locating to MidCity.
“The strategy around getting retail and restaurants takes a certain level of credibility,” Nikossay said. “When a restaurant moving in has well-known chefs, it sparks some good leasing for the area.”