New chicken restaurant to roost in Jacksonville
by Laura Gaddy
Sep 05, 2013 | 4093 views |  0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The former KFC restaurant in Jacksonville that's to hold a new home-grown eatery, also serving chicken (Anniston Star photo by Anita Kilgore)
The former KFC restaurant in Jacksonville that's to hold a new home-grown eatery, also serving chicken (Anniston Star photo by Anita Kilgore)
JACKSONVILLE — Two restaurateurs planning to serve a lot of chicken have pecked out a former KFC franchise location for their new business on Pelham Road.

Business partners Scott Barkley and Patrick Adcock began renovating the former fast food restaurant about about six weeks ago. The men plan to open it later this month under the name Legghorn's, a tribute to the main item on the restaurant's’ menu — chicken.

“From this point forward it’s just decorating, hiring and training,” Barkley said.

Inside workers have almost finished renovations. A new coat of paint is on the walls, the serving window is trimmed in fresh-cut cedar and galvanized tin sheeting and a few booths are in place.

Outside, the restaurant looks unchanged.

On Wednesday, though, Jacksonville’s Planning Commission approved the business partners’ plans for renovating the outside of the building. Now, Barkley said, they can begin that phase of their work.

The city’s Planning Commission has to approve any changes to the exterior of the building to be sure the renovations are in keeping with the aesthetics in the area. The commission’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be Sept.17.

Barkley said the he and Adcock couldn’t wait that long to make modifications to their building, so the commission called a meeting to consider their request.

“We’d like to make that first impression a nice one,” Barkley said.

When the project is finished, Barkley said the building will be painted olive green with brown trim. The restaurateurs also plan to add awnings using galvanized sheet metal to give the modern building a rustic feel.

“We want a really unique look and atmosphere,” Barkley said.

The menu will feature wraps, paninis, salads, chicken fingers and wings, Barkley said. He added that they’ll also have at least two specialty items — fresh cut giant potato chips and Texarkana corn, which is corn on the cob deep-fried with garlic butter.

“We don’t want to be known as just a wing restaurant,” Barkley said.

Barkley and Adcock have already hired managers to operate the businesses and began taking applications for the remaining positions this week. So far they’ve collected about a dozen applications, but Barkley said he plans to hire about 30 part-time workers.

Staff writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star.

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