365 Things to Do in Memphis #130: Sit at a Named Table at the Arcade

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 9th 2012 7002 0

You already know about the Arcade – it's Memphis' oldest cafe, it was in "Mystery Train", they've been on the Food Network a bajillion times, and they've got really great sweet potato pancakes. But have you ever noticed that some of the tables have names?

Assignment #130 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis to eat lunch at one of the Arcade's named tables.

The Arcade, Memphis, Tenn.

Since the restaurant opened in 1919, it's seen its share of regular customers. A few of them have tables and vinyl booths named after them – "Punk" Smith, Mr. Kennedy, the Elvis Table.

Punk Smith's Table, Memphis, Tenn.

I don't know who Punk Smith is (maybe he was one of the guys who hung out there when the Arcade hosted rock'n'roll shows), but he's got one of the best seats in the house – a four top in the back of the restaurant.

Sit at the named table of your choice, order Eggs Redneck, sweet potato pancakes or the classic "Pert Sandwich" and feel like a regular.

Go there:

Arcade Restaurant

540 South Main Street  
Memphis, TN 38103


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  1. James Ruffer says:

    "Punk smith is the owner of the hardware store next door. He comes in ever morning for breakfast. 

  2. Tad Marrs says:

    Punk Smith was a wholesale jobber that worked out of the adjoining building. A colorful character a former carnie. I know this because my father was a good friend and I grew up eating lunch at this table with punk and my father.

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