Best Memphis Burger Fest 2016
Frank Chin on the scene at the Burger Fest.
Ralph Roberson and Ralph Rish (managers of the McNeill’s Indian Pass Raw Bar) along with two silent partners, with the agreement of the McNeill family decided that Memphis is the perfect setting for bringing a piece of old Florida history to Tennessee. The mix with Memphis cuisine and music will be a great combination. The Chiwawa building location on Madison Avenue at Overton Square will be the perfect place to re-create the rustic atmosphere of an old Florida seafood dive, and to treat Memphis to a great, fun experience. Seafood, music and sports in a great, fun, casual place. The Chiwawa building already has a rustic appearance and with modest renovations we can create a great atmosphere for a raw bar. The deck is a big part of why we selected this building. The outside deck is important to our raw bar concept. A place in the outdoors where we can enjoy great seafood, live music, sports on big screen TVs and other events. This will be more than just another place to eat.
We are still in the planning stages for design and hope to begin renovations within the next few weeks. We hope to open around the first of December.
There is an old family tie to Tennessee. Mr. James T. McNeill Jr. (family patriarch – deceased 2010) attended the University of Tennessee while training to be a bomber pilot in WWII. The McNeill legacy returns to Tennessee.
The Dankos expect to make the transition to the new location at the end of October. The new restaurant space requires a full build out and Graham Reese Design Group will play a large role in the design. The Dankos plan to keep many of the original lodge elements of the restaurant while giving it a more updated look. There are plans to expand the number of draft beer offerings which will include more local brews and there will be some menu changes along with the addition of a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. The new space will also feature several large doors which open up to Second Street creating a patio-like environment.
The Dankos will be hosting several large events to launch the new location.
After a year's preparation and two and half years of operation, we have decided it's time to close 4Dumplings. We are proud of what we had done for our community, proud of the small impact we had made for eating clean, but we also realized that being the restaurant owner/ operator is a little too much of a job for us... We have sacrificed too much meaningful family time together. We are sad that we started something wonderful, but couldn't carry it to the end, but we know we need a more balanced life so we can do some other things that could be even more important and more rewarding from many levels. 4dumplings has taught us so much and we will always be grateful. Last but not the least, we want to thank all our guests for allowing us the opportunity to serve you!!!• Another Broken Egg opens its second Memphis location on August 8th, but biscuit beignet lovers can get an early and free (!) taste on Friday, August 5th, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday, August 6th, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.