Coming Soon to Memphis: Bounty, Oshi, and Agave Maria

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 7th 2014 2574 0

I hope you're hungry, because Memphis has several million new dining options coming soon. I'm working on one of my notorious monster posts previewing 2014 in Memphis (food and otherwise), but I couldn't wait to share a few excerpts about three new spots, one of which has this fancy poster:

Image via Farmhouse. Used with permission.

Jeff Johnson (owner of Local Gastropub and Local on the Square) will open Oshi across the street from the downtown Local. Expect Godzilla-sized gourmet burgers with an Asian flair by mid-year.

Mr. Johnson is also opening a Mexican joint in the old Papa Pia's location on Union Ave called Agave Maria, hopefully in time for Cinco de Mayo. Expect tacos, tortas, enchiladas, and tapas, along with a few entrees (when I talked to him, Jeff mentioned whole crispy snapper, waygu carne asada, and fire roasted chicken) as well as fancy Latin-inspired cocktails.

I hope Local Margaritas are served there because they are the best non-traditional margaritas in all the land, and their gospel must be spread.

The Local Margarita in all its glory. Photo via @alliemounce on Instagram. 

I also just found out about a new place called Bounty that will open somewhere in Broad Avenue in the first half of the year. The first floor will be a market/butcher shop; the second level will be a farm-to-table restaurant with a twist. That's all the information the owners are giving out for now. I'm just pumped that it seems healthy, because woman does not live by FGTBLT alone.

Broad Avenue. Bounty will be somewhere in this neighborhood; the owners aren't announcing where yet.

There have been some jokes about the rapid proliferation of restaurants in town. In fact, I've made some of those jokes. We'll let the market decide how many is too many, but for now I'd like to point out that there are 1,095 opportunities for meals each year, and that doesn't include pre-breakfast, second breakfast, brinner, daytime snacks, or midnight snacks. It will be tough, but think we can handle the Memphis Foodnado. 

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. jen says:

    I swear I heard something about the former Pa Pa Pia's location for the Mexican restaurant.

  2. Holly Whitfield says:

    That makes a lot of sense. It would be good to have something in there.

  3. Tim says:

    Please don't let them use cheeze wiz velveeta like substance in their cheese enchiladas, etc., like most of the other Memphis Mexican restaraunts do!!!!

  4. Toni says:

    On Poplar at I-240 there are 2 places that look like they will open soon- Capitol Grill and Seasons 52


  5. Taterhead says:

    Any word on the Robata/Yakitori/Ramen place Jimmy Ishii is supposed to be putting in on the Square? I can't tell if there's been any activity there.

  6. Holly Whitfield says:

    I haven't heard anything about the Ramen spot either way, and I haven't seen anything going on in that location, either. Hmm. There is another place offering that same style of food opening in Sanderlin Centre in East Memphis in January. It's called Skewer.

  7. Ken says:

    More midnight snack locations would be awesome!   Love your blog!

  8. SB says:

    Rob, cool, looking forward, thanks, Stephen


  9. Chloe OHearn says:

    Crosstown needs decent lunchtime restaurants bad! I'd settle for a regular lunchtime taco truck though. We have lots of lunchtime foot traffic on Cleveland thanks to the bus route, and a growing number of daytime employees in the Crosstown Arts area, myself included. I'd kill for a daily taco truck, but anything that isn't deep fried or Vietnamese would do. It's just not my thing. I need more cheese.

  10. Megs says:

    Toni – both of those restaurants are national, corporate chains.

  11. Andrew Graw says:

    I've heard they're trying to open the place on the square by the end of this month, but it isn't for sure.

  12. Sarah says:

    This all makes me very VERY happy!  Can't wait to try Jeff Johnson's new places next time I'm in town.  I don't think it would be possible to over-saturate a market with his fare.  Memphis has always had a place in my heart and the burgeoning food scene cements it there.

  13. Ann says:

    I hope that we grow up just like Austin, Texas.  

    So exciting all that is happening in town.

    Now, let's all "travel" to each other's neighborhoods to understand that there are great happenings all over – Downtown, Midtown, East Memphis, Germantown, Bartlett, Cordova, South and North Memphis and Collierville all have great offerings from food to art. 

    Austin supports each other's neighborhoods, not trashes one another (Bruce and Tim), because all neighborhoods are AUSTIN.  All of the above is MEMPHIS. 

    Don't be aftraid to go past Highland, discover Germantown Parkway, hit Jackson, see Lamar.  385 is open now. 

    You never know.  

    You just might have fun.

  14. I'm so excited to have mexican food within walking distance again!!

  15. New restaurants are great. When they are all a variation of the same restaurant this is a problem. That seems to be the case in Overton Square with Local, Bosco's, and Bar Louie. Can you eat anywhere without being forced to watch tv?  Although it felt like walking into a personality disorder, Square Foods at least had healthy offerings. What I would give to be able to order a big mush bowl of quinoa with beets, kale, and sweet potatoes.

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