Memphis Food News: New Places To Eat, New Rules (Again), and Closings
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.
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.
- The owners of Cash Saver now own High Point Grocery. They plan to reopen the neighborhood store and expand the craft beer offerings.
- Knifebird Wine Bar in Cooper Young is launching a new cocktail and meat ‘n’ cheese plate to-go service.
- Trap Fusion 901 in Whitehaven will open a second location in Cordova.
- STIX Asian fusion restaurant is now open for takeout only in downtown Memphis in the former Peabody Place/Servicemaster building.
- Lucky Cat Ramen on Broad is open and has a big new patio.
- A new restaurant called By The Brewery, offering breakfast sandwiches and other Instagram-ready food, will open later this year in the condos across from the Tennessee Brewery.
- Whataburger said they might expand to Tennessee, and Memphis lost its mind and got completely fooled by a now-deleted Twitter account. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like our city is on the shortlist.
- Little Italy’s downtown location is offering a $6 slice-n-soda deal all day, every day.
- SugaShack restaurant is open on Beale Street serving Southern food!