Hey, Food Network, here’s a reality show pitch for you.
Two Huntsville restauranteur couples – who are business partners with their respective significant others – swap business locations and try to make new ventures work amid a pandemic.
Call it “Lease Swap.”
Except this isn’t unscripted TV.
This is actual reality for Matt Mell and Stephanie Kennedy-Mell and Stan Stinson and Tina Thompson Ford.
The Clinton Row space that’s been home to Stinson and Ford’s Self-Serve Drinkery will soon house new Mell concept The Corner Pour.
And the Stovehouse food garden stall the Mells’ operate Mazzara’s Italian Kitchen from will transition to new Stinson/Ford eatery Parm & Pepper.
The “lease swap” idea arose from conversations the restauranteurs had with Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson and Crunkleton Properties developer Wesley Crunkleton, about COVID-19 era challenges they’ve been facing.