SOB Downtown to Open in Mid-April

Get ready for the long-awaited SOB Downtown to open its doors. The casual upscale restaurant at 345 South Main next to the now-closed SOB Gastro Pub is slated is slated to open around the middle of April.

SOB Downtown guests can relax as soon as they walk through the door. “We’ve got a lounge area in the front where people can have room to relax and get on their computers and do some work if they want, or just hang out with friends.

Memphis Flyer – Michael Donahue

Developer planning ‘urban, townhouse community’ on South Main Street

A developer is planning a 15-unit “urban, townhouse community” on South Main Street.

The townhomes are planned for a vacant, blighted parcel at the southwest corner of the intersection of South Main Street and Carolina Avenue. The 0.7-acre, triangle-shaped lot is also bordered by the Illinois Central Railroad line.


Corinne S Kennedy Memphis Commercial Appeal

The history of the Lorraine Motel — and why it’s a must-visit

The Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis had a storied history even before April 4, 1968, when Martin Luther King Jr., who was staying at the motel to support the Black sanitation workers’ strike, was shot and killed on his motel room’s balcony. It was listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book, a compilation of businesses like hotels, restaurants, salons and gas stations that welcomed African Americans during the Jim Crow era.

By Devorah Lev-Tov via MSN


Little Bettie Pizza and Snacks At Wiseacre and Andrew Michael’s Downtown collaboration, it’s amore.

Could this be one of the biggest ever crossover events to come to Memphis? And no, it’s not Avengers: Endgame. The latest team-up action is a joint venture between two eminently recognizable brands in Bluff City’s hospitality industry. Wiseacre founders Kellan and Davin Bartosch are pairing up with veteran restaurant duo Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman to create Little Bettie, a pizza stand at Wiseacre’s new Downtown location, Wiseacre 2.



Little Bettie: Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman prove once again that they know pizza

Commercial Appeal. January 12, 2021. The pizza at Little Bettie’s is New Haven-style pizza. New Haven-style pizza has a chewy crust like its wood-fired Neapolitan pizza counterpart (that’s what Hog & Hominy served), but is a thinner-crusted pizza. This thin-crust pizza originated in New Haven, Connecticut — hence the name. Both New Haven and Neapolitan pizzas are renowned for their complex flavored crusts.

New Downtown Eatery from Restaurant Heavyweights

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.

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

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.

Outdoor dining space to open off South Main

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.