It may take months or even a year, but Bob Turner has plans for a coffee shop and lunch spot in downtown Mayfield.
The so far unnamed business will go in at the site of the former Robbins & Robbins law firm, located at 101 S. Seventh St., Turner said.
"I'm thinking about doing a coffee shop and a sandwich shop," he said. "It would be French and German cuisine, sandwiches, catering mostly to the people right here in the center of town."
It would also serve some Cajun food and have space for private parties, such as bridal or baby showers or small wedding receptions, Turner said. Eventually, he would like to add outdoor space that could be used for weddings or al fresco dining, similar to a European café.
His plans are less certain for a timeline, though. Currently, he said, he is focusing his business rehabilitating a different building. Work crews should start on this one around the beginning of the year, he said. Until they do, he said, it won't be easy to estimate how much work it will take to finish it.
It could be a few months or up to a year, Turner said.
Turner is not new to the restaurant business. The real estate investor and developer came to Mayfield about 25 years ago but once worked all over Europe. He previously owned a successful pizzeria in Germany in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he said.
In later years his business was headquartered in Bowling Green, and he began a business relationship with Mary Propes, who founded what is now the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory. Turner sold her the factory building.
Turner remained in Mayfield and married Johanna Fox. In Graves County, he developed the former South Highland Country Club and Fountainhead subdivision.
"We wanted a little of the atmosphere that you would see in Europe," Turner said of his plans for the coffee shop and sandwich shop.
He said he wants it to be family-friendly and intends to keep it closed on Sundays. It will stay open a few nights a week to offer dinner, but mainly it will be a lunch spot.
"I think there needs to be something that is dignified in the center of town," Turner said, adding that the highly visible location appealed to him.
He anticipates having an area where people can eat in and also to offer carryout service for those visiting on a lunch break from work.
As for upstairs space, Turner said it is currently office space, but the restaurant could potentially expand upwards if that space is needed.
"It could be anything," he said.