Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Mama Gaia Ballet Memphis Location To Close

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 12:22 PM

click to enlarge BIANCA PHILLIPS
  • Bianca Phillips

It was announced today that Mama Gaia, an all-organic vegetarian restaurant, will close its Ballet Memphis location at the end of April.

Mama Gaia was one of the first businesses to open in Crosstown Concourse. It opened in  spring 2017.

The restaurant offered pitas, quinoa bowls, salads, and soups.

The restaurant was owned by Cru and Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling. Philipp said before the opening: “Our goal is to inspire people to be more conscious about what they are eating and encourage them to incorporate high-quality, organic foods into their regular diet to promote healthy living and a sustainable environment. Right now, we are focusing all our efforts on building our brand with this Crosstown location, but we hope to make it an emerging trend for future generations.”

The Crosstown restaurant closed in September. Saucy Chicken, owned by the same ownership group, took over the space.

The second Mama Gaia opened in Ballet Memphis in August 2017.

From the release:

MAMA GAIA to cease operations in Ballet Memphis’ Midtown headquarters
Mama Gaia will be open until April 30, 2019; Ballet Memphis in discussion with potential new partner

MEMPHIS, TENN. (April 17, 2019) – – – MAMA GAIA, a fast-casual organic vegetarian cafe, will close its location in Ballet Memphis, effective the end of April. Mama Gaia has leased the cafe space at Ballet Memphis’ headquarters at 2144 Madison Avenue since September 2017 and will continue operations through April 30, 11am - 6pm Monday through Saturday.

This was the second location for Mama Gaia; it closed its original Crosstown Concourse cafe in September 2018 in order to focus on catering operations and other ventures. The ownership group opened the successful Saucy Chicken concept in the same Crosstown location.

“We have enjoyed our nearly two-year partnership with Mama Gaia, and we look forward to welcoming another enthusiastic partner to our beautiful cafe space here at Ballet Memphis,” Dorothy Gunther Pugh, CEO & Founding Artistic Director, said. “The Memphis food scene in the Midtown area is thriving and we are excited to be a part of it. We wish the Mama Gaia team all the best in future endeavors.”

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