Reasons to Love Memphis #46: The New Things Next to the Old Thing

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 11th 2011 898 0

It’s normal that a business might want to open a second location. It’s normal that maybe that second location would offer something slightly different. And in Memphis, it’s normal that that second location would be opened right across the street from the original location.

I’m not sure why this is so prevalent in Memphis, but I find it pretty endearing.

Here are some examples:

New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, Tenn.

– On Beale St., the New Daisy theater was opened right across the street from the old Daisy theater. The old Daisy was built in 1902 a nickelodeon. In the 1930s, the New Daisy opened directly across the street. While the Old Daisy is now closed as a theater, it can be rented out as a banquet hall. The New Daisy is still open as a concert venue with shows almost every weekend.

Hollywood Disco, Memphis, Tenn.

– When longtime octogenarian funkyman Mr. Raiford decided to close the Hollywood Disco on Vance because of his advancing age, a couple from Cordova couldn’t bear to see it go. They re-opened the tiny club exactly to its original specifications. The only thing missing was Mr. Raiford. He wasn’t gone long, though – he and his daughter Paula opened Paula and Raiford’s Disco (commonly referred to as “New Raifords) less than a mile away on Second St.

– On the corner of Belvedere and Madison in Midtown, there’s a bar called Zinnie’s. And, until very recently, you could look across the parking lot and see Zinnie’s East. Old Zinnie’s is tiny, always more neighborhood watering hole than restaurant. Before it closed, Zinnie’s East operated as a restaurant with a much-beloved Sunday crab legs special, Soup-o-Rama and an annual parking lot wiffle ball tournament.

There are more – Juicy Jim’s was originally two places (one sold sandwiches and one sold pizza). The two bridges across the Mississippi River are referred to locally as the “old bridge” (I-55) and the “new bridge” (I-40), despite the new bridge being opened in the early 1970s.  There’s a scale model of the Mississippi River sitting on an island in the middle of the actual Mississippi river.

Does this happen in other cities, or is it just Memphis?

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Gigi says:

    More reasons to love Memphis! It is unique and eclectic. Love your articles.

  2. I’m not an info reader but your blog is proof it can be fun! Love to know what they were thinking. d

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