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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A New Spot for Balewa's Vegan Gourmet

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Looks like Balewa Bayete, who once served his Live Burgers and other raw-based cuisine out of Sean's Cafe,

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has found a new spot for Balewa's Vegan Gourmet.

The address is 394 N. Watkins at the site of the old Edge Coffeehouse at the corner of Watkins and Overton Park near the Sears Crosstown building.

Balewa says he'll serve the same raw-based menu, "only more of it." (There are some cooked items: the buns for the Live Burger and the quinoa dishes, for example). There will be sandwiches, salads, side items, smoothies, carry-out items, and more.

Balewa plans to start with four to six tables and then expand as he gets settled in.

The opening for Balewa's Vegan Gourmet is set for the first week in November.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cosmic Coconut Expands Hours, Menu

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM

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A little more than a month ago, Cosmic Coconut took on a new group of owners and with it newly expanded hours and a considerably larger menu. Drink sizes have also increased, while the drinks' price points have been reduced.

The new partners are Taylor Berger of Yolo, Arielle Moinester, Scott Tashie, and Stephen Stamps.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

CK's Owners Talk About Closings

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

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"To those employees, I'm sorry. I wish we could keep it going," says Jerry Vela, regarding the sudden closing of 7 CK's Coffee Shops.

Vela and brother-in-law Randy Gross took over several locations of the coffee shop chain in June 2010. On Sunday, July 29th, after the first shift, they closed the coffee shops for good. (There are three locations that Vela and Gross do not own that remain open.)

Both Vela and Gross are unhappy with coverage of the closings, particularly an article in the Commercial Appeal and an interview with an employee on Channel 3.

They say they closed on Sunday without notice to their employees to avoid theft. Gross says the move was to protect assets and was not malicious.

Going over his time with CK's, Gross says, "The first year was great."

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Soup Sunday Winner at Hard Rock

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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Hard Rock Cafe Memphis' Tomato Basil Soup won the Best Soup prize at last Sunday's annual Soup Sunday fund-raiser for Youth Villages.

To celebrate the win, based on votes of the event's attendees, the restaurant is adding the soup to the menu for this week only. Fifty percent of the sales of the $5 bowl will go directly to Youth Villages.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

MBJ Suspends Best Chef in Memphis Contest

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM

The Memphis Business Journal has suspended its Best Chef in Memphis contest just one day after it was launched.

The move came after restaurateurs and chefs included in the contest complained about the contest's format, which pitted chef against chef in a bracket, with the winner to be determined by an online vote.

MBJ made the announcement Thursday in a post on the paper's site, explaining, "We looked at the contest as a way to engage more local readers while highlighting the spectacular culinary scene we have in Memphis (which we plainly stated in the launch). We never intended to disparage or upset the chefs; we thought, quite honestly, it would be a fun, tongue-in-cheek way to incite a friendly competition."

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Restaurateurs Respond to MBJ's Best Chef in Memphis Bracket: "We feel we will have to respect[fully] decline your offer to participate"

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Restaurateurs and chefs included in the Memphis Business Journal's Best Chef in Memphis tournament — which pits 32 chefs against each other in a bracket, with online voting to determine a winner — responded Wednesday afternoon with a letter to the paper.

The letter outlines the community spirit of Memphis restaurateurs and reads, in part, "The people who have chosen to make Memphis their culinary home in the past few years have done so with the forethought that Memphis can be and is different than other cut-throat restaurant towns. As such, we feel we will have to respect[fully] decline your offer to participate in the MBJ's Best Chef in Memphis Competition as it is currently structured. It just does not reflect the way in which we choose to do business and support each other."

The full letter below ...

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Friday, December 9, 2011

What's New at Kudzu's

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 8:49 AM

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On Saturday, December 10th, Kudzu's will hold a grand re-opening.

Kelly and Jerry King took over the downtown restaurant and watering hole from Steve and Cathy Edmundson back in September.

So what's new?

"We've kept it kind of the same, same vibe," says Jerry, who serves as manager with wife Kelly acting as owner.

There have been changes, though. The Kings bought the building (the Edmundsons rented) and have been making improvements. And the spot, a longtime hangout for journalists, now has wi-fi. There's a new internet jukebox, too, and the draft beer selection has been updated to include Ghost River and craft beers.

The menu has stayed roughly intact. One addition is the Hoosier ($5.03), pork tenderloin breaded and deep-fried.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

New "Neu" Restaurant Is Bleu

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM

After weeks of teasers about something "neu," the mystery restaurant was revealed at a media event Thursday night.

The name of the restaurant — located in the former site of Sole at the downtown Westin — came with a dramatic unveiling of the building's sign.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Slim's & Bentley's, Zac's Cafe, etc.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

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A quick roundup of restaurant news ...

Slim Skillet's is now Slim's & Bentley's, and Vito's Cucina has changed its name to Vito's To Go.

Bar None is no more. Zac's Cafe is now open. And Ghost River returns a winner.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Butchering Demo Saturday at Andrew Michael

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

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If you are pig crazy like me, but don’t know the difference between primal and offal, you might want to stop by Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen on Saturday for a lesson from a pro.

David Newman, who teaches meat science at North Dakota State University in Fargo, will lead a butchering seminar from noon to 2 p.m. to explain (and demonstrate) how to break down a pig for nose-to-tail cooking. The seminar is free, and registration is not necessary.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

At Silly Goose, a Birthday and New Menu

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM

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Two years, really? It seems that Silly Goose has been part of the downtown landscape for longer than that.

But, yes, says owner Daniel Masters, Silly Goose is indeed just two. "We're still young," he says.

In any case, tonight's anniversary party, starting at 9 p.m. is for grown folks: The popular Fireball shot is $4 and domestic beers are going for $2.50.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Elliott's Open Late Nights Friday and Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 3:58 PM

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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.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bari's Rebecca and Jason Severs To Open Diner

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 1:22 PM

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"We've been talking about it for over 2 years," says Rebecca Severs.

Severs owns Bari with her husband Jason, and in August, the couple are planning to open Three Angels Diner at the corner of Broad and Collins in Midtown.

Those 3 angels are the Severs' sons, and an impetus for this new venture.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Fresh Start for CK's Coffee Shop

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 5:44 PM

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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."

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Vietnamese Bistro Opens

Posted By on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 3:37 PM

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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.

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