At a preview party this past Thursday, Tim Adams, executive director of the Young-Williams Animal Center, escorted small groups through the building at 6400 Kingston Pike that could become Young-Williams Animal Village as early as June.
Jenny and Randy Boyd, CEO of Radio Systems Corp., put up $1.3 million towards purchasing the space, and many preview attendees were members of the other key funding source: Friends of Young-Williams. All seemed enthusiastic about the space, which will extend (not replace) the current center with a satellite adoption center, a stand-alone spay and neuter clinic, and a pet day-care center, along with retail space for Boyd's Invisible Fence of East Tennessee products. But none of the boosters were more excited than a visitor to the site a couple of weeks back, Adams related.
"He pulled into the parking lot one day while we were looking at the building and came over and asked, ‘Are you the new owners?' I said, ‘Yes, I guess we are,' so then he asked what we were putting in, and I started to describe the animal village, but he cut me off. ‘You're not going to open another restaurant? That's great!' Turns out he was the health department inspector for this building, and he said he would be so happy not to have to inspect any more restaurants in this space."
The 6400 Kingston Pike address has few rivals as a "cursed" site for local restaurants, including Copeland's, Maxx, the Giant Panda, Bogie's, and Eclipse.