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anyone besides me not a fan of this location? Neighborhood wonderful but with no frontage or close parking very tall order to survive year around.
If you have seen the lines for Brother Junipers then you know the demand is there for another cafe. And Eclectic has longer hours than Brother Juniper with a dissimilar enough product to attract their own consumer base. And would you really compare Eclectic to ck's? That's like saying Five Guys made a mistake opening across the street from McDonald's.
As someone earlier said, if you don't like it, don't go. I was at the square in its heyday and I for one am glad they are there. The food is good and they are going to have an awesome patio once it is completed. Most mid-towners love patios, so if nothing else, you can have a cocktail and talk about all of what you don't like outside, away from us brain dead ones watching the tv's. I have also noticed that Mr. DeSalvo takes a very strong interest by answering posts here and on Urbanspoon, which I think is a good step towards excellent customer service. Welcome Bar Louie!
It's pretty good, too.
Ditto John Branston. I'm partial to Hwy 49 for nostaligia but going through AL is just faster now.
There's a great recipe in A New Turn in the South cookbook by Hugh Acheson (from a restaurant in Athens, GA) for Boiled Peanut Hummus. Delicious way to use boiled peanuts.
This is for their Second Life store, right?
Doesn't look all that 'retro-future' to me.
Wonder which architectural firm designed this for MM.
I think it is too 1980's.
Boiled peanuts are straight up nasty. No flavor and mushy. Tastes like s*** (yes, that word). How in the hell anyone in their right mind can say that boiled peanuts are delicious is someone without a palate whatsoever.
Best when bought on the road on Hiway 49 near Hattiesburg or in Alabama enroute to Fla.
Redneck edamame. Hellooooo, salty goodness!
Boiled peanuts are God's snack.
Pizza Planet from Toy Story? I get the whole... retro-futuristic thing, but I just hope it doesn't come off as dated, at the same time...
Having a chain restaurant in Overton Square is not anything new. Remember TGIFriday's? The area was filled with thriving local businesses, so having them there certainly didn't hurt.
This place is great! Yes, it's a chain, but it's very well done. The decor is beautiful, the staff well trained and knowledgeable, both food and drinks delicious...I think if we continue with the attitude that we only want certain businesses or certain types of business, we will keep on the same track of lifeless, boarded up, abandoned space with the longing for something else to come along. The very people who complain about it being a chain, are usually the ones complaining that Memphis doesn't have any place cool to go and hang out! This place is comfortable and they serve great food and drinks...I for one am glad to see life back in the corner of Madison and Cooper - chain or otherwise. (We will eventually get Trader Joe's - we may need to prove ourselves worthy first!)
I have lived in Memphis since 1981. I've seen the Square thrive, and then die. Bar Louie is a welcome addition to a reviving Overton Square. For those of us who have seen what it can be and what it became, be very grateful that it's beginning to thrive again. Give Bar Louie a chance.
I stopped in to have dinner a few nights ago. Loved it - great food, and the berry mojito was decadent and delicious. They did such a beautiful job and the corner now looks so lively, when just a year ago, it was so dead. I hope Bar Louie does well and I hope it draws lots of other business (including a grocery!) to the Square.
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