Yes, it is true. Mike Anderson's Seafood Restaurant really is coming to Central. Mike himself has confirmed for us that the restaurant will be located on the south side of Greenwell Springs Road at Sullivan Road. The restaurant is slated to be about 10,000 square feet with a capacity in excess of 200 guests. Mike's concept is for a brick and wood building with a large windowed wall across the back overlooking the wooded lot sloping down to the creek. Three large double-sided fireplaces are planned for this upscale but casual dining experience. In a "best-case" scenario, Mike is hopeful that the restaurant could be open by Christmas, but readily admits that there are many factors which could delay that date. CentralSpeaks.com will endeavor to report on the restaurant's progress every month or so.
Mr. Anderson identifies one of Central's own, Lester Jones, as a key manager at his restaurant on Lee Drive and he anticipates that Lester will be instrumental in the opening of the Central restaurant as well. When asked who would manage the new facility Mike was quick to say he will be filling that role himself. He was just as quick to say, "I want to hire people who live in Central" to staff the restaurant because he "likes to deal locally". He noted that he currently buys his boudin from Jerry Lee's. The restaurant has another connection to Central as well. Juanita Anderson, long time Central resident and owner of the Lockhart Insurance Agency on Greenwell Springs Road, was married to Mike earlier this year.