Tuesday, September 4, 2018

SideStreet's Second Act — Pizza

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 4:46 PM

SideStreet Burgers opened six years in the Old Towne section of Olive Branch. Chef/owner Jonathan Mah turned out delicious dishes — yummy fish tacos, imaginative burgers, over-the-top sandwiches — on the most rudimentary equipment.

Soon, he'll be opening a second restaurant, devoted to pizza, inside the Mississippi Ale House. And, yes, he'll be using the same equipment — convection ovens — for the new place.

Mah has been partnering with the Ale House for a while now. While he does most of his catering out of the kitchen there, he's been hosting pop-ups too — tacos and pizza (in the old days of SideStreet, pizza was on the menu).

"I did it mostly for fun," Mah says. "But also to see how the crowd takes it."

The pizzas at Olive Branch Pizza Co. are turned up — BLT with arugula and his signature boom boom sauce and a mushroom pie with a lemon/thyme-infused olive oil dressing, for example. There's a thin crust 10-inch and a 12-inch hand-tossed. Prices run from around $8 to $15.

Mah says he's particularly adept at taking what's on hand and making it better.

Mah also notes he's not packing up from Olive Branch and taking the show to Memphis any time soon. He's comfortable in OB. He sees the area he's in like a mini Cooper-Young.

He says he plans to work both places. " I will be both locations and focused on OB Pizza heavily until it is stable to run on its own," he says. "Either way I’m footsteps away from both locations so I can be where we need the most help first."

Mah says, ultimately, teaming up with the Ale House and serving pizza was a no-brainer. "You can't go wrong with pizza and beer," he says.

Tentative opening date is October 10th. Until then Olive Branch Pizza Co. will open most Wednesdays 4-9 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4-9 p.m.

Olive Branch Pizza Co. is located at 9215 Hwy 178 in Olive Branch, Mississippi.


Mama Gaia Closed in Crosstown

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 9:59 AM

  • Justin Fox Burks

Mama Gaia announced today it closed its Crosstown location.

The restaurant, which serves all-organic vegetarian fare, was one of the first businesses to open in the Crosstown Concourse.

It will now focus on its Ballet Memphis location.

From the press release:

Mama Gaia (pronounced ma-ma \ˈgī-ə\), a fast-casual dining experience offering organic vegetarian menu options announced that it will shift focus to its location inside Ballet Memphis and close its Crosstown Concourse location Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Mama Gaia’s successful catering business will continue serving its fresh, organic menu to customers around the Mid-South. The restaurant will still offer delivery through UberEats, among others as well. Crosstown Concourse leadership has already secured a new restaurant concept to occupy the space, which will open this month.

Co-founders Philipp and Cru von Holtzendorff-Fehling set out to offer Memphians a new dining experience that served delicious dishes that were both good for patrons’ health and the planet, and opened the doors in Crosstown in March 2017.

“We believe wholeheartedly in this concept, but we need to make this strategic shift,” said Philipp, CEO and co-founder of Mama Gaia. “Crosstown is home to 265 apartments, a high school and more than 40 other tenants,” Philipp said. “An estimated 3,000 people visit the building every day. We absolutely love the vertical village and what it has accomplished as a whole. Unfortunately, there has simply not been enough interest in organic vegetarian food to sustain business. As we move forward, we’re concentrating on the Ballet Memphis location, catering, delivery and are certainly looking at other ways to expand the concept.”

“We really love Mama Gaia, and appreciate all of Philipp’s and Cru’s hard work the past year,” said Dr. Todd Richardson, co-leader of the Crosstown Concourse development. “The Crosstown neighborhood can look forward to a new restaurant moving into the space in September.”
We'll keep you posted on what's going in the new location. 

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