A shed that will house once protected tractors in the future if retired attorney Joe Burroughs’ plans come true.
As part of several land transfers along the Conway riverside, Burroughs and his wife Nancy, owners of 104 Laurel, received the tractor shed that previously belonged to the Burroughs Company.
The City of Conway received the property from the Burroughs Company several years ago, along with much of the riverside property.
Burroughs says he’s not quite sure what to do with the long-standing Conway landmark building near the Peanut Warehouse.
“What I want to do is leave the structure as it is and, if I can, remodel it, but keep the essence of the structure.”
He’ll try to fuse it with the riverside and have either a 104 laurel extension or an oyster bar, something, he said.
He relies on a relaxed atmosphere with a view of the river. He won’t change much. He will keep the tin roof, but “bring it inside” with roll-up sides, a deck and a terrace.
But whatever it is, he looks forward to working with the Conway Chamber of Commerce and the City of Conway to improve downtown and Conway’s efforts to bring people downtown.
He is now looking for someone with good ideas who will lease and run the business. He says he has already spoken to one person who has expressed interest and hopes to speak to a second person soon, but is in no rush to make these important decisions.
Burroughs plans to modernize the building with an entrance door to Laurel Street.
He believes the three-sided building is big enough for two bathrooms, a long counter, a bar, and about 15 tables. Of course, more tables with umbrellas can be set up outside near the existing fireplace.
His deal with the city does not allow him to cut Laurel Street, but Burroughs does not consider it essential. There will be a driveway and parking lot between his property and the peanut store.
He says he saw something similar and very popular in the Charleston area.
“I was just kind of interested in this area of town before I bought 104 Laurel, I think it was 1996,” said Burroughs.
He remembers going into the area to do sports when the road was unpaved, there were large potholes in the road, and there was a rundown tobacco warehouse nearby.
Even then, he believed that one day the place would become a dynamic area in Conway.
“I didn’t know if I would see it again. I think I could do it now, ”he said.