It appears that Ink Bar, Lounge, Restaurant, which opened in the Cortona space in Cooper-Young in June, has closed.
Delivery of the news was low-key and came via the Ink Facebook page. A guest commented "Closed???? What???? Halloween prank??" Ink responded, "Thank you, it will be missed. Thanks for your support."
A request for comment from the Ink manager went unanswered.
Before the Italian restaurant Cortona opened in the space at 948 S. Cooper, it was Dish from 2005 to 2010.
• Kathy Wakile of the Real Housewives of New Jersey will make an appearance on Wednesday, October 30th, 6 to 8 p.m. at L'Ecole Culinaire (1245 N. Germantown).
Wakile will give a cannoli-making demo, followed by a meet-and-greet. The event is free.
Wakile has launched a dessert line, Dolci della Dea; a cannoli kit is the line's first product. The cannoli kit will be on sale at the event.
• Lunchbox Eats has introduced Saturday brunch.
The brunch menu features items that keep to the restaurant's school theme. There's the Cheerleaders' French Toast Pyramid, Snow Day Salmon. The Naptime Pig in Blanket is a griddlecakes stuffed with corn, bacon, chives and cheese and then topped with bacon. The Game Winning Quail Shot is deep-fried quail set in a nest of potatoes topped with mushroom demi-glace and a sunny side-up quail egg.
Saturday brunch is served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It's on for the second installment of the Guess Where I'm Eating contest. Same as last week ... the first person who correctly identifies the place and the dish wins a prize.
This time around, instead of guessing in the comments, you submit them to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winner receives his/her choice of a $60 gift certificate to Corky's or Pearl's Oyster House.
Winner will be announced in next week's Guess Where I'm Eating post.
Tuesday night, I paid a visit to the new Mellow Mushroom at the corner of Park and White Station, which opened September 30th.
This new Mellow location has a sci-fi theme that fits perfectly with the restaurant’s funky ‘60s architecture. The building once housed a bank, and the restaurant’s builders revamped some of the location’s unique features, turning the former bank drive-through into a covered, heated patio and the spacious domed atrium into a space-y circular seating area that makes you feel as though you are patronizing a diner in the cosmos. A 20-foot model rocket ship hangs from the ceiling, and lighted movie posters advertising fictional pizza-themed space odysseys align one wall.
A press release issued earlier today announced that Whole Foods Market is pursuing a second area location in Germantown.
From the release:
GERMANTOWN, Tenn., October 23, 2013 — Whole Foods Market and Cypress Realty Holdings Company, a local development company, are targeting the Poplar Avenue corridor in Germantown for the metro area’s second Whole Foods Market store.
Cypress Realty Holdings Company in conjunction with Ford Jarratt Realty & Development Company has submitted plans to the City of Germantown to develop a freestanding Whole Foods Market. The proposed store will occupy 41,000 square feet on the southeast corner of the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Pete Mitchell Road. The site is on the eastern edge of the Germantown’s Central Business District directly across Poplar Avenue from the Germantown Collection Shopping Center.
The next step in the process is approval at the December 3 meeting of the Germantown Planning Commission. According to the developer, Germantown officials and staff have been very supportive of the project.
If approved at the public meeting on December 3, the project will proceed to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on December 19.
In addition, a Facebook page titled Bring Whole Foods to Germantown was launched to gather support for the project.
We stole the idea for the Guess Where contest from City Pages ... It's simple enough: The first person who correctly identifies the place and the dish wins a prize.
The prize for this first go-round is a good one: 2 tickets to Project Green Fork's Loving Local dinner on Saturday, October 26th at Wiseacre.
The evening will include food from Central BBQ, the Rendezvous, Fuel, Dog & Slaw, Get Fresh, Huey's, Muddy's, and So Fresh juice truck. Beer provided by Wiseacre, and live music from Dead Soldiers.
Enter your guesses in the comments. The first person to get it correct wins the tickets.
Ticket holders for the Loving Local event must be 21.
Rumor has it that last week Drake stopped by the Four Way, the much-loved soul food restaurant on Mississippi.
He wasn't there when I met an old friend for lunch on Thursday. But no matter. We were focused on catching up, discussing wallpaper, and cleaning our plates.
While my friend is a devotee of Four Way's salmon croquets and can't say enough about the dressing, I opted for a vegetable plate, selecting pinto beans, turnip greens, and mac-and-cheese.
Other veggie options include boiled okra, pickled tomatoes yams, english peas, and buttered corn. Among the meat options are fried chicken and fish, pot roast, and liver and onions. (Plates are about $7).
Good company, good service, good food — lunch, Drake or no Drake, was perfect in every way.
Craft beer has made its way into the national beer market and into the national consciousness, a fact evidenced by small-batch beer's inclusion in pop culture, especially television and movies.
The Indie Memphis Film Festival will screen “Drinking Buddies” at Circuit Playhouse on Friday, Nov. 1. It’s a complicated love-at-work story about Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work together at a Chicago craft brewery but are both in relationships. Nothing fuels a complicated love story like endless supplies of high-gravity beers.
On Sunday, I decided to drive by Pyro's Fire Fresh Pizza on a whim to see if it was open — and indeed it was, had been for less than a week.
The restaurant, in the Park Place Mall Shopping Center, occupies a nice, open space with extra seating immediately at front in semi-enclosed patio with large windows that can be closed during colder weather. The main room is bisected by the bar, which also serves to create an orderly line to lead customers to ordering/prep area.
Pyro's follows a build-your-own model, with no limit on toppings. Customers have an option of either an 11-inch pizza or a large salad for $8.30. They then choose from a list of 5 sauces or 7 salad dressings; 9 meat toppings; 17 veggies; and 8 cheeses.
I wasn't a regular, or even an irregular, at the Chinese Sub Shop — nee the Super Submarine Shop — on Highland. So, I can't get sentimental about the old place, nor can I offer a substantive argument on either side of the hard or soft bread question.
In any case, when I arrived for lunch at the new location on Summer at exactly 12:04 p.m., it was jumping.
• Somewhere amid the hand-crafted rocking horses, pretty windchimes, shelves and shelves of pottery, sparkling jewelry, fiber and glass art, etc., at this weekend's Pink Palace Crafts Fair is the Beer Tent. As it was described to me: "The beer tent is just a cool place to hang out, watch the entertainment on the stage, have a refreshing pick-me-up and get back to shopping. Bring the men to carry the purchases but don’t make them shop; they can just stay in the beer tent until it is time to go."*
• It's Oktoberfest on Broad, this Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., on Broad Avenue. For the event, Wiseacre Brewing Co. has brewed a special lager for the day, and My Heavenly Creations has created an Oktoberfest beer soap.
More Wiseacre news from Fuzzy Brew: The brewery's Ananda IPA is now available in six-pack cans at the Superlo on Spottswood and at the brewery.
• The first beers from Memphis Made Brewing Company make their debut in area restaurants today. The South Cooper Saison and Parkways Pale Ale will be sold at both Flying Saucer locations, starting today. On Saturday, they'll be available at Young Avenue Deli, Aldo's Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern, and Slider Inn.
• Though it's not this weekend, it's worth mentioning that the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest returns on Saturday, October 19th, 1-5 p.m.
*May we point to another option? Women, make like Beyonce and "leave your man at home." More beer for you.
The Square Meals on Wheels truck is parked until Saturday, as Clark is now busy with the soft-opening phase of the new Square Meals Cafe at 6745 Lenox Center Court.
According to Clark, a L'Ecole Culinaire graduate and current president of the Memphis Food Truckers Alliance, he became aware of the space at Lenox Center while working in his food truck nearby. The business at that spot was leaving and he was asked if he would be interested.
"I jumped on it," he says.
The soft opening for a Square Meal Cafe continues through Friday. It officially opens on Monday, October 14th.
The menu, which Clark describes as "fine cuisine with a touch of soul," will be an extension of the Square Meal on Wheel's offerings, most notable for its lobster roll and fish tacos.
The cafe will have daily specials, such as New Orleans-style tilapia in a seafood sauce. For vegetarians, there's veggie tacos, sauteed vegetables, and quesadillas. "I cater to all appetites," says Clark.
The Square Meal Cafe will also serve breakfast, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Clark plans to continue running a Square Meal on Wheels Tuesdays through Fridays and bring the truck to special events. The truck's next stop is Saturday's South MEMfix event.
Chef Ryan Trimm is introducing vegetable-focused nightly specials for $8 apiece at his new East Memphis restaurant Southward. The "Farmers" menu selections will change daily depending on what’s fresh and in-season.
“I wanted to do something to showcase all of the hard work that our farmers put into growing the vegetables we use,” Trimm told me over lunch last week.
This afternoon, Bianca and I went to check out the new location of DejaVu, which opened at 51 S. Main (between Union and Monroe) early last week.
Both of us are vets of the Florida location (currently closed for two weeks as a routine gets set on Main), and both of us are familiar with menu. Even so, we struggled for a bit with narrowing it down to a decision.
Chef/owner Gary Williams was buoyant, circulating among the tables to greet patrons. There was enthusiasm, too, among the staff.
More from our visit in the following slideshow.
Greencork charged headlong into the fray, opening on the day of the Cooper-Young Festival. Business has steadily grown since.
The self-serve wine bar, the first of its kind, makes for excellent socializing as diners browse the four machines that dispense 32 wines.
“We tasted over 100 wines before we narrowed it down to 32. We want to have a good balance of types of wines and a representation of the world of wine,” says front of house manager David Bennett.
The wine choices have been popular in surprising ways.
“We picked some well-known wines, but people are drinking a lot of the more unusual wines we have. I love that,” Bennett says.
The selection of wines will change just as the food will change with the seasons. The seasons will also be a reason for further experimentation.
"I want to do different fun events. This month we're going to do a HalloWine. We will have different wines with devil and witch names," says chef Katy Sloan.
Making wine accessible and providing good food are important goals for Greencork. The most important thing, though, is a welcoming place to experience that.
"My grandfather said, 'Be friendly with your neighbors and neighborly with your friends.' I think that's a great philosophy," says owner Robin Brown.