Helario "Harry" Reyna is keeping Elliott's open on Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-4 a.m. to accommodate the late night downtown crowd.
Those 3 angels are the Severs' sons, and an impetus for this new venture.
Randy Gross, a native of Chicago who's lived in Memphis for 5 years, has come to know the CK's Coffee Shop as a staple in the city.
Four months ago, Gross, along with his brother-in-law Jerry Vela, took over five CK's and is hoping to take control of the remaining 6, and one of the first orders of business was replacing the coffee as well as the coffee machines.
But Gross is not out to completely change CK's as much as spiff it up. "I want to rebuild the mindset as a place that's safe and clean with great food and good value."
I had been driving past Vietnamese Bistro every day on my way home from work for the past several months. Frankly, I didn't think the restaurant — located on Cleveland at the old site of what I believe was Royal Dragon — was ever going to open.
It opened for business on Saturday.
Cozy Corner has long been a barbecue legend in Memphis, tucked away in an otherwise empty shopping center. Unassuming building and limited hours — 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday — have always given it a sort of mystique. Now, Cozy Corner is extending its hours, and let me be the first to say that I’m happy to swap a little mystique for a chance to take home one of their Cornish hens for dinner.
It’s been almost a year since Swanky’s Taco Shop announced they would be opening a new location in East Memphis. Various setbacks and snags pushed the opening date back so far that taco lovers were beginning to lose hope. When I saw that the temporary Swanky’s sign had come down yesterday, I feared the worst.
Call it an Easter miracle: while the flimsy tarp banner has come down, the Swanky’s logo will rise again.
While the grand opening of Escape Alley Sundry is scheduled for March 26th, they opened for their soft launch today — St. Patrick's Day — with an eye toward celebrating their first anniversary on the holiday.
Owner Russell Wild, an artist and architect, converted the building at 651 Marshall after he was laid off in August.
"I built it as a place to hang out, eat a little, have some beers."
When I spoke with Crave chef Jason Doty about his Hand-Crafted Name contest, he said it was inspired in part by the Break the Chain - Eat Local movement.
"It's about us supporting each other," Doty said when I confessed I wasn't familiar with Break the Chain
Turns out that this very cool, very low-key movement — for which local independently owned restaurants show solidarity through T-shirts — can be traced back to Memphis' favorite cupcake-pusher Kat Gordon, owner of Muddy's Bake Shop.
March 15th marks the 40th anniversary of Huey's, and let's face it, Memphis would be less Memphis-y without the Huey Burger.
But while today is the day, the big party is April 18th at the original Huey's at 1927 Madison.
The celebration will include live music by the Settlers (late Huey's owner Thomas Boggs was in the band), Funk de Ville, DiAnne Price & Her Boyfriends, and the Soul Shockers.
A portion of the proceeds from day's sales goes to the Church Health Center.
After the February 13th fire at the Overton Square restaurant Side Street Grill, owners Harlan and Kari Betlesky moved the business to the Magnolia Room next door.
According to Kari, Side Street's patrons have supportive by showing up at the Magnolia Room, and plans are on to rebuild Side Street.
This week's "Recommended Dish" by Bianca Phillips called for some last-minute editing.
In singing the praises of Woodlands' Gobi Manchurian, a cauliflower fritter, she wrote, "I was certain someone had slipped a meatball on my plate. Thankfully, Woodlands is meat-free, so I knew that wasn’t possible."
That last line was excised because Woodlands started serving meat on February 12th.
The Cooper-Young neighborhood was dealt a one-two punch recently when Dish closed, followed by the Blue Fish soon after.
But don’t count 'em out yet. The Blue Fish is being re-opened today as the Reef, and coming soon are the Grace breakfast and lunch spin-off Au Fond and the low country restaurant Sweet Grass.
When Food News writer Pam Denney and I left the newly opened Gigi's Cupcakes yesterday, we felt big disappointment.
A man had seen us scribbling notes and taking pictures and asked if we were from the media. We said we were. "The Commercial Appeal?" he asked. "The Flyer," we said. His face fell!
At least he had the cupcake to comfort him.
Today for lunch, Food News writer Pam Denney and I visited Mellow Mushroom, which opened Monday in Germantown.
The plan was to get there at 1 p.m. to avoid the lunch crowd. We got there at 1:30 p.m. The place was packed.
Charley’s Grilled Subs, a chain based in Ohio, will hold a grand opening of its 400th location at the Oak Court Mall on Monday, January 25th, 10 a.m.
Also on Monday, the popular pizza franchise Mellow Mushroom opens at the Shops of Forest Hill in Germantown.