This is great news. Thank you to everyone who put so much time and energy and creativity into preserving and promoting this historic building. And thank you, Mr. Orgel, for your vision and commitment.
HighpointT, you are only partially correct. South Main was a bustling area in the first part of the 20th Century, not the 19th Century. And the area south of Beale Street was, indeed, an area that many of the freed slaves from this region gravitated to after the Civil War, since Memphis was not burned by the Yankees like many other Southern cities, but was, instead, fairly peacefully occupied by them during the war. Memphis, during and esp. after the war, was a busy marketplace for everything the South needed to rebuild its infrastructure, and gained thousands and thousands of new citizens who came here for the opportunity.
Okay, Highpoint, but tell us about the Pinch and Uptown. Just who was pushed out there when the area "gentrified"? That's one reason I would never live there, because I remember when that area was an African-American neighborhood with all the infrastructure needed for that population. The newcomers who have bought homes there have no idea what used to be there. That area has bad feelings and bad karma because of the way it was allowed to run down and then be taken over by Memphis developers. And you know who you are.
I would love to read this! Thank you! You are adding another piece of Memphis' music history with this new book. I recently heard a really good blues-rock band from Texas who were coming through here. They said they had been to so many places, they no longer knew which town they were in, but they said they always knew when they were in Memphis because it is special.
Dang, so many bashers! I am really looking forward to the music in this venue. Give them time to get their feet on the ground. And yes, please, some good veggie options for the many Midtowners who no longer eat animals. I will be visiting soon and it will be like a homecoming. It's so much fun to be experiencing Overton Square for the second time around in life.
Chinese food at New Hunan anyone? I won't be darkening their doors.
I was told it was $4 to park if you dine, but there is nothing to indicate that as you pull up to park. $4 to park to purchase a sandwich or an appetizer is kind of silly, and the marvelous view is available all along the river. But hey, it's nice to get a drink from the bar and step out onto the deck to watch the sunset. Tourists will like it. Memphians? I dunno. Fine dining is really needed in this spot with valet parking.
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