Today, three more recent restaurant-related (alliteration!) stories from local news sources.
1) Local/Cooper Young Restaurant owner Karen Carrier is opening a new venture, Bar DKDC. Menu will change every couple of weeks, focusing on street food from different cities and cultures. This is an interesting idea, and fits fairly well in Memphis. Street food is the true cultural flavor of nations, it’s normally the greasiest, and — at its best, most unhealthy. The best pizza, barbecue, fried chicken, tacos, etc are often found in holes in the wall where health inspectors are viewed warily .
Carrier’s establishments are more polished, which blends in well in CY. The article notes her motive in ending Do. She ties to stay ahead of the curve, and, when she noticed the proliferation of sushi at gas stations, she knew it was time to switch to the next idea to introduce to Memphis.
2) The most comprehensive article is this one fom the Daily News, Restaurants See Plenty of Activity in 2012:
Memphis welcomed novel concepts to its food portfolio with Hog and Hominy, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Double J Smokehouse and Saloon, E’s 24 Hour Café, Crazy Noodle, Mulan Asian Bistro, Frida’s Mexican Restaurante and Low Arts Tea Haven. Bon Ton Café reopened and Dancing Jimmy’s filled Pat O’Brien’s space Downtown.
Reilly said his goal for the next two years as association president is to continue to put Memphis on the national culinary map.
“If we can get these restaurants that have opened in the last 12 months, and then some of these chefs that have been here for a long time like Erling (Jensen) and Jose (Gutierrez), we can put together this cohesive group and try and market ourselves as a destination,” Reilly said. “There’s a group of people out here doing some really fun and creative stuff. With the farmers and the farmers markets – local caviar, local beef, local pork – we’re doing it every bit as good as New York, Boston or Atlanta.”
In addition to local restaurants being listed on “Best Of” lists, “Felicia Suzanne Willet was invited to cook at the James Beard House in the Big Apple. Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman were nominated for both Food and Wine magazine’s People’s Choice: Best New Chef Southeast and also James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Southeast award.”
The article also notes the expansion of seveal local restaurants: “Sakura, Las Delicias, Mesquite Chop House, Local Gastropub, Central BBQ and Osaka Japanese Cuisine all added new stores. Broadway Pizza bought the building behind the Belmont Grill for its new East Memphis location after having a presence on Broad for 35 years. YoLo Frozen Yogurt and Gelato expanded into the University of Memphis dining hall and select Malco Theaters. And Chiwawa Restaurant inched closer to completing its buildout in the old Chicago Pizza Factory digs near Overton Square.
Companies growing their kitchens included Muddy’s Bake Shop, Bluff City Coffee and Cooper Street 20/20. Rock ‘n’ Dough Pizza sought its first brick-and-mortar location following a successful stint operating a food truck and supplying Trolley Stop Market. Charles Vergos Rendezvous entered FedExForum and Fuel Café’s veggie burgers were stocked on the shelves at Whole Foods – which is also in the midst of adding space for a bigger store.”
The article mentions national chains entering the market, which, to be honest, I don’t care about, but you can read the article for more on that if you’d like.
New projects were noted, including Green Girl Produce, Memphis Made Brewing, and High Cotton Brewery, as well as the Memphis Food Truck Alliance and Serving Memphis.
3) Finally, a couple noteworthy relocations of East Memphis establishments: Baptist Memorial Healthcare’s expansion has bumped Sekisui from its original location. Now, there wil be a Sekisui at Regalia. Where exactly at Regalia? Where Circa used to be. Where will Circa be? At Chickasaw Crossing, where Ronnie Grisanti’s used to be.
Source: Soul City USA
January 11, 2013