Memphis Food News: New Places To Eat, New Rules (Again), and Closings

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 10th 2020 2145 0

Pineapple bowls to-go, Italian feasts delivered, a new owner for High Point Grocery, and what the new Health Directive means for Shelby County restaurants: find it all in today’s Memphis food news update.

Memphis restaurant news these days feels like it’s all about “what’s closed”, but we do have some new restaurants and food trucks with plans for safe dining and takeout. Keep reading to find out what’s new, what’s closed, and the latest on health directives in Shelby County.

Memphis Pineapple Express Food Truck is open Tues. – Sat. This is the Jerk Shrimp bowl.

Step One: Mask Up Memphis

Whether you’re going to the grocery store, picking up to-go food, or heading to work or a public place, it’s time to wear a mask. No questions asked. Protect your own health, protect others, and let’s get this pandemic under control. Hate your mask or want something better? Support a local biz and shop for a mask upgrade with our Guide For Where To Buy Masks In Memphis.

New Memphis Pineapple Bowl Food Truck

The Memphis Pineapple Express food trailer opened a few weeks ago, and I had a chance to try it this week. Chef Cammy Henry grills up fresh pineapples filled with rice, veggies, and proteins like jerk shrimp, teriyaki chicken, and grilled steak. The trailer is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and early dinner, usually parked at 5963 Summer Avenue—check Instagram for location and hours.

I ordered in my mask, waited in my car, and then took my food to-go—it was a safe, socially-distanced experience, not to mention delicious and filling. Read more about the Memphis Pineapple Express food trailer.

New Italian Restaurant, With A Twist

I felt like I had an entire Italian restaurant experience at my home this week! The owners of the Majestic opened a takeout + al fresco only restaurant, Cocozza on July 15th. They will use the Majestic kitchen to cook up American-Italian family recipes and classics like lasagna, chicken piccata, and eggplant parmesan, plus an array of cocktails and wines.

Order online starting on the 15th and pick-up, have delivered, or enjoy on the Majestic patio. A side of ambiance comes with every order. More on that when I blog about my delightful Cocozza meal—and why it’s the perfect quarantine date night—later on. They do plan to add Midtown and Downtown delivery in the future.

Bar Closings and Contact Tracing For Restaurants

The Health Dept. announced a new health directive this week in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here’s what we know:

  • Certain establishments considered “bars” must close their dining and bar areas. Read more details and a list of affected bars in the Daily Memphian. Beale Street is exempt from this because they are part of an historic district.
  • Taprooms and distilleries can sell to-go products but cannot serve on premises.
  • All restaurants must close at 10 p.m. and diners must leave by 10:30 p.m.
  • Contact tracing: Restaurants have been instructed to collect the names, contact info, and seating charts of all dine-in customers in an effort to trace virus spread.

Puck Food Hall Closings

Several of Puck Food Hall’s food stands have “closed indefinitely”, including City Block Salumeria, Venga, and DoughJo, and Wok’n In Memphis. The latter will become an online store called Wok’n In Pickle Co with “gourmet provisions” like pickles and vinegars, and aged soy sauce.

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