Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Peek at Atomic Tiki

Posted By on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 1:50 PM

Skinny and Jeff - DONAHUE
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  • Skinny and Jeff

We got to take a look inside and sample the wares of the latest endeavor of Skinny McCabe and Jeff Johnson, Atomic Tiki at 1545 Overton Park.

Are Tiki lounges making a comeback? There's something about the relaxed hula-ing vibe that feels out of step right now.

In any case, the menu makes good on the smokiness and spices of cuisine. Currently on the menu are lobster roll, Island BBQ nachos, meatballs, sliders, queso dip, and  smoked wings. 

Much of menu can be made vegan with the substitution of tofu.

If you happen to stop by the Atomic Tiki, be sure and get a Spiced Milk Punch, a delicious and creamy concoction of rum, vanilla, half and half, and nutmeg.

Also good is the Schifani's eyes made with Old Dominick toddy, pineapple juice, and angostura.

Jeff has had the space quite a while and had been running pop-ups. The lack of control of the situation began to wear, so he partnered with McCabe.

The Atomic Tiki is set to open early next year.

Hattie B's Opening in April

Posted on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Hattie B's, the hot chicken Nashville chain, was originally supposed to open this fall. The restaurant has since reset its sights to open early April in the old Curb Market spot on Cooper.

Construction on the space includes new plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. There will be seating for 126, with 60 of that outdoors. There will be parking for 30.

"We are so excited about our Memphis opening in early spring. It’s such an honor for all of us at Hattie B’s to be a part of the community, and we look forward to seeing our many Memphis friends and meeting new hot chicken lovers real soon!," says Nick Bishop Sr., co-owner, Hattie B's Hot Chicken.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Visit to South Main Market

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 2:35 PM

I've been stalking the South Main Market for weeks now. But every time I went by it wasn't quite open. Earlier this week, a man standing outside the building at 409 S. Main invited me in.

Today, Donahue and I finally stopped by for lunch. It's a very pretty space, if anything else. In fact, a couple was there scouting the space for their wedding.  

As for the eating ... a handful of places are open: Civil Pour, a bar from the Silly Goose guy; downtown versions of Java Cabana and City East Bagel; and a trio of spots helmed by Cole Jeanes: Magnolia, Kinfolk, and Coco.

Magnolia is an Asian-inspired eatery with dumplings, kimchi and shrimp and scallop toast. Kinfolk is down-home style serving biscuits all day; Coco is vegetarian with salads, yogurts, and juices.

Be warned, y'all: prices are steep here. A grilled cheese and water from City East set me back about $12. The salads at Coco start at $10. 

Donahue ordered the fried chicken biscuit from Kinfolk. It was caveman-sized. So big, in fact, I could not get the image to load. Try as he might and as tasty as it was, he could not finish it.

I got the grilled cheese from City East, which was perfectly done. I don't know, I thought it was going to come on a bagel??? It came with chips. I really liked it.

Donahue also got some coffee from Java Cavana in a mug that matched his jacket.

Y'all go check South Main Market out and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

5 Spot will return!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 8:44 PM

5 Spot is slated to re-open early 2018. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • 5 Spot is slated to re-open early 2018.

The 5 Spot restaurant is in the same spot - behind Earnestine & Hazel’s - but it’s getting a facelift.

The restaurant is slated to re-open early 2018, said owner Bud Chittom.

As for the decor, Chittom said, “Much like the same with some new stuff. Bigger kitchen. More cool stuff on the walls. And we’ll probably change the chairs. We did some painting.”

The menu, he said, will include “some stuff with pork shank, some shrimp stuff.”

Veteran restaurateur John Wills is helping develop the menu. “I have tried to develop a menu that’s kind of the best of New Orleans to Memphis. Including all the Delta.”

The menu isn’t set in stone, Wills said, but he’s planning to put “Delta-style hot tamales, which Bud has had experience with at Blues City Cafe for years, going back to Doe’s.”

Wills, who owned the old John Wills BBQ restaurant, wants to add barbecue spaghetti, an Italian soul classic. It’s the best. Memphis has a heritage of Italians doing barbecue restaurants - Coletta’s, Beretta’s, Fracchia’s. There was an Italian barbecue place everywhere.”

They plan to feature shrimp and grits among other shrimp dishes. “Shrimp is in a lot of applications on the menu. Six different times.”

The plan on serving shrimp remoulade crostinis - a little cracker with lettuce tossed with remoulade and then the shrimp with more remoulade. Wills described it as “like one bite of Heaven.”

One shrimp dish - Willie T’s shrimp - is in homage of the late Russell George, who owned Earnestine & Hazel’s. “We’re putting a new twist on it and serving it on pasta.”

The 5 Spot also will serve French press coffee and beignets late into the evening.

“We’ll have a bar menu after 10:30 during the week and after 11:30 on the weekends," Chittom said. "We’ll keep the bar open.”

They’ll also deliver food in the Downtown area, Chittom said. “Remember our delivery motto: ‘We not only put out, we deliver.’”

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New Central BBQ to open

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 5:42 PM


Central BBQ is slated to open its newest location at 6201 Poplar in late spring 2018.

The new location formerly housed LYFE Kitchen.

This will be the fourth Central BBQ in Memphis.

"I definitely am looking forward to this one opening," said Craig Blondis, a member of the ownership group. "It's going to be, basically, the flagship for going forward and our footprint as we had out of the city with Central BBQ."

Monday, December 4, 2017

Spaghetti Warehouse Auction

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 2:34 PM


All that cool stuff at Spaghetti Warehouse could be yours. The owners are holding an online auction ending on December 12th. Bidding starts at $1.

From the release:

Everything in the building will be auctioned off at to the highest bidder. All items start at just $1.00 and have no reserves. Depending on how competitive the auction gets, winning bidders could walk away with the iconic furniture, fixtures, decor and professional-grade kitchen equipment for pennies on the dollar.

The auction is live now and ends 12/12/17 at 10:00AM CST

There are 293 items in the auction including the novelty decorations that The Spaghetti Warehouse is famous for, like chandeliers, statues, furniture and professional-grade kitchen equipment

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