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New Downtown Eatery from Restaurant Heavyweights

Posted on 10/12/20

The Memphis Flyer. October 12, 2020. “Opening soon on the corner of MLK (Martin Luther King) and Front (265 South Front) The Paramount, a Tyson Bridge project in collaboration with head chef Derk Meitzler, Brent McAfee, Mac Edwards, Jordan Mitchell Beatty, Lee Anna Beatty! Be on the lookout for this New Orleans style eatery to open featuring locally sourced sausages, tasso ham, Brent’s bacon and …deli meats from Black Sheep Meats with the fun Big Easy vibe of restaurants like Cochon Butcher with Derk Meitzler’s food and Mac Edwards’s charm.

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Huling Station: New outdoor dining room opens in Memphis’ South Main Arts District

Posted on 9/30/20

Commercial Appeal. September 29, 2020. A partnership between Puck Food Hall, Start Co., Downtown Memphis Commission and the City of Memphis brought the vision to life.

“We saw that people were more comfortable dining outside and we thought it would be cool to build an outdoor installation where people could meet, order food and spend money,” said Andre Fowlkes, the President of Start Co.

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The Weekly Dish: Memphis restaurants’ random acts of kindness — let’s follow their lead

Posted on 9/18/20

The Commercial Appeal. September 18, 2020.

I saw Felicia Willett of Felicia Suzanne‘s post about eating at Rizzo’s. The post said, “Mask Up Memphis and let’s dine local. Our Memphis restaurant community could really use some love — whether curbside or dine in.” In a time when restaurants in Memphis are struggling due to COVID-19, these restaurant owners took the time to think about their neighbors and friends. Instead of urging people to come to their business, they selflessly said, “Go support my friend.”

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Outdoor dining space to open off South Main

Posted on 9/17/20

The Daily Memphian. September 17, 2020. Perhaps as early as Saturday, half a block of Downtown Memphis will be closed off to provide outdoor dining and work space for folks who have had it with working in the house.

The space, which will remain through the end of the year, is on Huling, running west from South Main, which will not close. The alley between South Main and Front Street will remain accessible.

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Los Comales owner, Drapac receive grants for Downtown projects

Posted on 9/17/20

Memphis Business Journal. September 17, 2020. On Wednesday, a Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) board approved grants for a pair of renovations across the street from each other.

The first was for the $173,000 conversion of the vacant 113 Madison Ave. Gustavo Bermudez — the owner of the popular local Los Comales restaurants — is planning to open a Mexican restaurant there, as the MBJ reported in April 2019.

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Empty chairs, stage demonstrate problems for live-events industry

Posted on 9/16/20

The Daily Memphian. September 16, 2020.

Those strolling through Tom Lee Park might have wondered who would be hosting the fancy outdoor event. Forty-eight tables with centerpieces and table clothes, 384 seats, two bars and a stage dotted the vast, riverside lawn Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 15.

The answer: No one.

Paper labels were affixed to the backs of empty chairs placed around the tables in the park. Each table represented 250,000 workers affected by COVID-19. And each label identified a type of job that has been lost to the cancellations.

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