Photo by Barry Courter / Unknown Caller owner James Heeley plans to open a new bar/restaurant called Shady's Corner in the former AABCO Automotive Rebuilders location at 1402 Cemetery Ave.

James Heeley has been looking for a new place to open a bar for months, and he knew right away he'd found the place when he was shown the former AABCO Automotive Rebuilders building at 1402 Cemetery Ave.

"I love the black and yellow colors and I don't want to change it much," he said in his native English accent in a recent phone interview. "I want to keep as much as possible and keep it, what's the word, gruff."

Heeley is the owner of Unknown Caller (formerly known as London Calling) on Cherry Street and said the location also played into his decision to open a second business.

"It's not quite in or out of the city, and is so close to Highland Park and everything that is happening on East Main," he said.

Heeley said he hopes to have Shady's Corner opened by fall. It is located across the street from Miss Griffin's Footlong Hot Dogs and down Central Avenue from the future home of a new OddStory Brewing Co. and an under-construction, 36-unit apartment complex. OddStory co-owner Jay Boyd said the new OddStory is on schedule to open in late summer and he was excited to learn Heeley would be a neighbor.

"We were super stoked to learn that James from Unknown Caller would be opening there," Boyd said by phone. "We have a great relationship with him already and to have two super cool concepts coming is exciting and adds value to that part of town.

"Anything that drives people that way and is walkable for residents of that booming area is going to be exciting."

Heeley said he believes the timing is good for a neighborhood bar in the area that will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

"I want it to be your everyday bar for a guy or girl," he said. "There aren't many bars open during the day. Everybody needs a spot to day drink on occasion."

Heeley said the 2,000-square-foot space will have about 80 seats inside and about the same number outside either under a covered four-season patio or in the beer garden in the back. Dogs will be welcome.

"We hope it will be a place for people in the area to walk or drive to or that person driving home to East Ridge [or Brainerd] to stop and have a pint."

The kitchen will serve a variety of deli sandwiches and Heeley plans to have a stage and dance floor for weekend events, trivia contests, dart boards and TVs.

"Come for lunch or after work or for a birthday party or for late-night fun," he said.

Heeley said he loves the history of the area and location and chose the name Shady's Corner because a luncheonette of the same name operated on that corner in the late '20s and early '30s.

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354. Follow him on Twitter @BarryJC.