HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Behind the scenes at AM Booth's Lumberyard in Huntsville, owners have been working on its transformation.
"I think what we're doing is upping the ante," explained owner Doug Smith.
Now that they have a less restrictive liquor license, Smith says it's time to make their plans a reality. Where the venue used to focus on private events, like meetings and weddings, now they're able to expand their repertoire. Right now, they're in Phase 1 of their strategic plan.
Smith explained that a first step was acquiring Sandwich Farm and bringing its staff in to work on the Lumberyard team. The restaurant has become The Lumberyard Kitchen and is still open. But it is a key part of the changes.
"We are going to expand the prep room and the kitchen," explained Smith.
When the Lone Goose Saloon moves out, they will take over that space, too. And a rail car from 1924 that currently sits on Lumberyard property will be re-purposed into a dining car. Further plans for that are still secret, he said.
When it's all said and done, Booth's Lumberyard will feel like a different space, Smith said. He calls it a "mega-restaurant," a campus of entertainment, food, and drink.
"You'll be able to experience something that is authentically cool, I think, that will allow you to move from place to place from happy hour to your last drink of the evening, without having to stay in one chair," he said. "Entertainment in various areas, different genres of entertainment, different drink offerings... We have space to do things here that nobody has in town."
He said every Thursday, various menus around the property are already introducing new items.
"We have an opportunity here to do something different," commented Smith.
He said the full transformation will likely be finished in late spring. But he added, the Lumberyard is open 7 days a week now.