New and Upcoming Memphis Restaurants 2021

A running list of new Memphis restaurants that opened in 2021.

We're not even through February yet and we already have several new restaurants that have opened—at least in some capacity—this year! EXCITING.

Here's a running list of the new restaurants that have opened in 2021 in Memphis, plus upcoming restaurants that plan to open sooner or later this year.

And because we are just getting started in 2021, be sure to check out the New Memphis Restaurants 2020 Guide, too!

New Memphis Restaurants That Have Opened In 2021


While technically Dory had a few diners for New Year's Eve, they officially opened the first of the year. Run by chef David and Amanda Krog, this boutique restaurant in Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis is open for takeout only. The menu right now is "dinners for two" with gourmet comfort meals. Call 901-310-4290 to order and schedule an afternoon pickup. Dine-in is coming very soon.

716 W. Brookhaven Circle



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Salt | Soy

Salt | Soy is operating a limited pop-up out of Alchemy in Cooper Young for now—the future more permanent location will be in the old Lucky Cat Ramen space on Broad. The Memphis Asian sushi concept has been around in pop-up form for at least two years, with a menu full of sushi, dumplings, ramen, and more. The current Salt | Soy pop-up is takeout only, Thu. through Sat., and they sold out every night during their first weekend—so follow their Facebook for the latest updates on when to order.

Right now: 940 S. Cooper St. (Alchemy)



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Memphis + Mid-South Restaurants Opening This Year:

  • Tops BBQ will open a 16th Mid-South location any day now in Bartlett.
  • Hen House Wine Bar plans to open in East Memphis very soon.
  • Hampline Brewing taproom plans to open in Binghampton in early 2021. They do have some beers available on tap at The Cove; check their IG for availability.
  • Grey's Cheese & Entertaining—more of shop but will also host dinners in the future—plans to open in February in East Memphis.
  • By The Brewery downtown will open in early 2021. The cafe will serve breakfast, biscuit sandwiches, and salads.
  • Backlot Sandwich Shop will open downtown in early 2021.
  • Bain BBQ food truck plans to open in early 2021.
  • The Paramount will open on Front Street downtown in early 2021.
  • City Silo will open a second location in Saddle Creek in Germantown in early 2021.
  • Sugar Grits all-day breakfast spot will open in early 2021 downtown on Second St. in the former Sleep Out Louie's spot.
  • Raw Girls Memphis plans to open downtown in early 2021. The raw, vegan, and clean eating brand's food trucks in midtown and East Memphis will stay open.
  • Cimas is a Latin-inspired restaurant in the new Hyatt Centric hotel. Opening is scheduled for March.
  • Beck and Call is the rooftop bar at the Hyatt Centric hotel on Beale Street, with a scheduled March opening.
  • The Complicated Pilgrim is the ground-floor restaurant opening inside Overton Square's Memphian Hotel—they're aiming for an April 2021 opening.
  • Tiger and Peacock is the indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and tapas restaurant at the Memphian Hotel in Overton—hoping for a May 2021 opening.
  • Oxford-based chain Big Bad Breakfast will open a Memphis location this summer at 6450 Poplar Ave.
  • Hog & Hominy will reopen in its original location in Brookhaven Circle in late summer 2021. They've been rebuilding after a January 2020 fire.
  • Popular Texas chain Torchy's Tacos plans to open in East Memphis this year.
  • Gus's Fried Chicken will open a location in Germantown this year.

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