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The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFFREY JACOBS

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102 Features

30 A Conversation with Lucius Burch From our March 1985 issue, a profile of — in his own words — “the most despised man in Memphis.” ~ by judy ringel

41 Celebrating a Centennial

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art turns 100. ~ by eileen townsend

58 Mid-Century Magnificence

An East Memphis original with character and a host of memories for the Gates family.

Memphis (ISSN 1622-820x) is published monthly for $15 per year by Contemporary Media, Inc., 460 Tennessee Street, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101 © 2016. Telephone: 901-521-9000. For subscription info, please call 901-521-9000. Subscription customer service mailing address is Memphis magazine, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. All rights reserved. • Periodicals Postage Paid at Memphis, TN. Postmasters: send address changes to Memphis, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101.

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104 Columns/Departments 98 ask vance

Putt-Puttin’ & the Ritz Our trivia expert solves local mysteries of who, what, when, where, why, and why not. ~ by vance lauderdale

100 books

Dreamland Sonja Livingston deftly weaves fact and fiction for her latest collection of essays. ~ by richard j. alley

102 dining out

Oh Me, Oh My. It’s More than Pie. At Rock ’n Dough, Jeremy Denno adds burgers, brunch, and craft cocktails to his stellar pizza lineup. ~ by pamela denney

Muscle Shoals and Huntsville celebrate both their rich past and promising future. ~ by chris mccoy

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For your ailing pet, acupuncture may be just what the doctor ordered.

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93 (Paw)ternative Medicine ~ by shara clark

Tidbits: Park and Cherry; plus the city’s most extensive dining listings.

Right of Way Reflections on 40 years of bicycling in Memphis.

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pages 83 - 92 Taking a stand against heart disease S through awareness and prevention. Our annual special section on this worthwhile cause for the American Heart Association. “GO RED” IMPACT CONTINUES TO GROW

ince 2004, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign has sought to educate women on the importance of knowing their risk factors for heart disease, which claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined. “One in three women will die each year from a cardiovascular event,” says Monica Wharton, senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel for Regional One Health, and the chair of the 2016 Go Red for Women campaign in Memphis. “We have to ensure women are educated on the lifestyle changes they can make to help put an end to heart disease.”

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Wharton’s desire to get involved with the American Heart Association came after a family member passed away suddenly from heart disease. “He was only 47 years old and had been married for less than a year,” she says. “I was asked to chair just a few weeks after he passed, and given the impact of his death on my family and my understanding of the impact of heart disease in our community, I knew I had to get involved.” For the past year, Wharton and her leadership team – which includes executives from Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Southeastern Asset Management, Baptist Memorial Health Care, First Tennessee, and MLGW, among others – have been fundraising and planning for the 2016 Go Red for Women Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at the Great Hall & Conference Center in Germantown.

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“The luncheon is our opportunity to educate executives and women in the community on the risks associated with heart disease, and to share the mission of the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women campaign,” Wharton says. The luncheon kicks off with an hour-long health and wellness expo, which includes sponsor booths providing health messaging, screenings, and CPR training. Go Red for Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s, and since the campaign launched in 2004, the company has contributed more than $55 million to support the movement. Go Red is locally sponsored by Regional One Health, Cigna, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Caesar’s Entertainment, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Ring Container Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Advanced Dermatology, and Visha Skincare, among others. Media sponsors include Local 24 Cares, Entercom, La


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ur revised, revamped, and reader-friendly website is designed to supplement the

printed magazine you are holding in your hands. Visit our site for further reading by writers in this issue, including thoughts and notes on what’s happening in our city, Q&As with local movers and shakers, and more.

W H AT ’S ON T HE W EBSIT E RIGH T NOW ? JULIE R AY ’s weekly “Things To Do


This Weekend” guides

RICH A RD A LLE Y announces the winners of the 2016 Fiction Contest

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MICH A EL FINGER ’s conversation with G. Wayne Dowdy, manager of the main library’s Memphis and Shelby County Room

GE T T ING OU T Our website offers a complete events calendar, accessible on the home page, searchable by date and type of event.


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Exhibitions Yinka Shonibare MBE May 7–November 6 2016 Hassan Hajjaj My Rock Stars May 26–September 4 2016

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Wine & Food Series

The Grand Artisan’s Dinner May 20, 6:30–9:30 pm at the James Lee House Grand Auction May 21, 5–9 pm at the Brooks Museum

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Overton Park 1934 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN 38104 901 544 6200

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IN THE BEGINNING | by kenneth neill

Something Wicked This Way Comes


intended this month to write about local issues in this space; after all, there’s a lot going on around town. My first thought was to comment upon the clash between the Zoologists (team color: black) and the Greenswarders (team color: green), opining at length about which side was more correct in the ongoing Overton Park spat.


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Then I realized that the park dispute was of control. Our glaciers are melting, our seas relatively straightforward in comparison to are rising, our coral reefs are disintegrating, the land mines Mayor Jim Strickland has been and our atmosphere is becoming increasingly navigating during his first hundred days in toxic, literally shaking the foundations of our office (see p. 22). Strickland actually dodged everyday lives. Given all of our legitimate local bullets long enough to present his first bud- and national concerns, it’s not surprising that get, which of course managed to upset many the warming of our planet still has a tough citizens, par for the course for first-time may- time getting serious attention. ors. But clearly, it’s too early to make definitive Maybe it’s time we moved the issue front comment about his or our city’s situation. and center. The day after Clinton and Trump Then I pondered the subject of the Griz- solidified their substantial delegate leads in zlies, pathetic creatures that the New York primary last they have recently become. month, the New York Times ran For half of this past season, an eye-popping story, not on they were a formidable presthe front page, but buried inence in the NBA. Until all hell side on page A3. The headline broke loose, literally. Gasol, didn’t scream, although the Conley, Wright, Chalmers, et words did jump off the page. al, went down injured, leav“Records Fall As World ing Tony and Zach feeling like Temperatures Climb in 2016,” little Dutch boys with their the April 20th headline read, fingers in the dyke. The Dutch as Tatiana Schlossberg, the story ends well, but the Griz story’s author, reported that one not so much, as they were average global temperatures washed out to sea in the first for January, February, and April 2014 round of the NBA playoffs by March of this year were at the San Antonio Spurs. Their season ended all-time highs for their respective months. with a thud; providing a wrap-up of all that But this not-so-reassuring, first-quarter fact seemed overkill. was only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Of course, the next logical place to turn While cities, nations, and humans continue to for column fodder was 2015-16’s interminable go about business as usual, Planet Earth is in Presidential circus, er, campaign. A good idea real trouble. As Schlossberg matter-of-factly in theory, maybe, but at this point, the TV reports: “March was also the 11th consecutive “news” channels have achieved the impossi- month to set a record high for temperatures, ble: their relentless barrage of over-exposure which agencies started tracking in the 1800s.” has made nobody the election favorite. For the At this point, the question of whether that first time in modern history, each party’s lead- warming is man-made or the product of nating candidate — Donald Trump and Hillary ural causes is almost moot. World climate is Clinton — goes into the finals, so to speak, changing more every decade than it used to with voter-disapproval ratings well over 50 change every century. If these latest monthly percent. Mr. Nobody is the people’s choice to reports don’t inspire a global wake-up call, I can’t imagine what such a call might actually occupy the Oval Office. Meanwhile, there’s one big story out there sound or look like. that trumps all others. While we bid farewell Perhaps it’s time for all of us to devote more to Josh Pastner and welcome Tubby Smith, attention to the future of Planet Earth, and a and keep fussing about the Memphis murder bit less to politics, sports, and entertainment; rate, we do so, as always, assuming that the not just on Earth Day, but every day. The alplanet we live on will keep spinning on its ternative is too gloomy to contemplate. Just axis as it always has. The sun comes up in remember what happened to the Titanic as the morning, and April showers bring May the band played on.  flowers, yes? Kenneth Neill Trouble is, the world may be spinning out publisher/editor

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SPOTLIGHT | A Century of Fashion at Annesdale Mansion | April 14, 2016 | Photography by Chip Pankey



n a spring season filled with wonderful parties, this luncheon was a standout. Presented by the Brooks Museum League, the event was the first to celebrate the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s 100th anniversary. With the elegant Annesdale Mansion as a perfect backdrop, the private vintage collection of designer Paul Thomas was featured along with twenty-first-century fashions from Chantal Johnson’s shop, 20twelve. Guests were treated to champagne and a tour of the grounds before sitting down to lunch catered by Draper’s Catering and a fashion review narrated by long-time Brooks League member Babbie Lovett, well-known arbiter of taste and fashion style in Memphis. Area professionals who contributed their talents for hair, makeup, and styling were Sheila Wilson of Master Design, Pleshette Liggins, and Star Hawks. The luncheon was in honor of the late Louise Hays, a former president of the League, fashion director of Goldsmith’s for 34 years, and grandmother of Ken Robison, the present owner of Annesdale. Valerie Bledsoe, Annesdale’s wonderful event coordinator, was on hand as always to see that everything ran smoothly. Babbie Lovett was thrilled with the League’s sell-out event and in her words, “Fashion is alive and well — past, present, and future.” — Anne Cunningham O’Neill 3



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1 Holly Crump and Kay Liles 2 Gina Smith and Jules Smith 3 Babbie Lovett, Paul Thomas, and Chantal Johnson 4 Twentyfirst-century fashions courtesy of 20twleve 5 Paul Thomas’ vintage fashion collection 6 Sharon Brawner, Martha Baker, Barbara Tiscia, and Pam Diggons 7 Mary Lou Gaerig and Carroll Ann Pera 8 Elise Frick and Judy Frick 9 Penny Belbin Popow, event chairman, and Olivia Lewis, current president of the Brooks Museum League 10 Cindy Gambrell, Suzanne Lax, and Pam Montesi


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SPOTLIGHT | Inside Memphis Business Power Players Reception | April 13, 2016 | Folk’s Folly | Photography by Don Perry





olk’s Folly was the site of the annual Power Players reception hosted by Inside Memphis Business in recognition of its annual issue focusing on the area’s top business leaders. This year’s issue of Who’s Who features more than 500 Power Players in 32 industries. Included as well are profiles of the 2016 inductees into the Society of Entrepreneurs. The evening’s festivities were sponsored by Triumph Bank. — Richard J. Alley




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The Overton Park Success Story Hard work from the public and private sectors has turned the park into one of our city’s best attractions.


ince 1982, I have lived in Midtown, always within five blocks of Overton Park. I walk or bike it at least once a week and drive past it nearly every day. My children went to school at Snowden, across the street from it.

phis. You crossed railroad tracks, cursed the trains that made you late, and took blighted Broad Street or Summer Avenue to get to East Parkway, where you could cut through a corner of the park

Viewed in historical perspective, Overton Park is one of the best success stories Memphis has.

Which leads me to say this: In 34 years Overton Park has never looked better, and that goes for every part of it and the main approaches from east and west. The park is one of the best public attractions in Memphis, thanks to the efforts of activists, donors and volunteers, city government, the zoo board, and the Overton Park Conservancy. It is way more than the greensward controversy that has gotten so much recent attention. History suggests that this too shall pass. It is conventional wisdom today that stopping the interstate from going through 3.8 miles of Midtown was a good idea, but 40 years ago some very public-minded inf luential Memphians

thought the highway should be finished, including banker Ron Terry, developer Jack Belz, Memphis City Beautiful, the Memphis City Council, trucking companies, the newspapers, and the NAACP. No one can say what might have been if Memphis had followed the lead of other cities bisected by interstate highways. But we should be able to agree that, over time, Memphis made the best of it. When I moved to Memphis, one year after the Federal Highway Administration officially killed the road, Overton Park and Midtown looked very different. Sam Cooper Boulevard (the name was rarely used) was a dismal entryway from East Mem-

to get to North Parkway. Now you take a nicely landscaped boulevard to East Parkway and see the bike path and park entrance marked by an eye-catching bike sculpture. On Broad Street there are dozens of new businesses. West of the park, back then, there was a wide swath of empty land where houses were razed to make way for the aborted interstate. Today you’ll find infill housing built to historic guidelines and hundreds of new Midtown families and homeowners. You could drive your car day and night through the Old Forest, which was a trysting place. Walking through it with children was not a great idea unless you wanted to give them a lecture on

sex education as well as trees and plants. A Memphis Park Commission-proposed “People Day” led to an eventual ban on cars and the cleaned-up trails for people walking, jogging, or riding bikes. For a while after that, cruising shifted to the other side of the park, but that, too, went away thanks to some subtle changes in policy and road design. The park playgrounds were pretty crummy. My daughter’s elementary school class found a body in the one on East Parkway on a field trip. And the one by Rainbow Lake and its parking lot was mainly popular with single men sitting in cars. Rainbow Lake itself was a mud hole. That playground is now one of the best in town, and Rainbow Lake got a makeover. The Overton Park Shell was shut down and might have been destroyed but for a “Save Our Shell” campaign. Happily, it succeeded and the Levitt Shell is home to free concerts and getting even better. The zoo was ordinary, at best, with a nondescript main entrance and animals in cages and concrete pools. Thanks to donors, visitors can now see pandas, big cats, elk, wolves, sea lions, and exotic birds in realistic replicas of native environments. The Memphis College of Art, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Veterans Plaza, the gardens — all of them are nicer, much nicer, than they were 30 years ago. The public and private sectors can share the credit for all of this. The greensward is only part of the park, and the park is only part of a city with much bigger problems of blight, crime, property taxes, and schools. Viewed in historical perspective, Overton Park is one of the best success stories Memphis has.


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Memphis Minded The Rhodes Class of 2016 In May, Rhodes College will say goodbye to the class of 2016, and celebrate the impact these 515 men and women made during their four years on campus and throughout the city of Memphis. These students arrived in 2012 from 46 states and 10 countries. While at Rhodes, they not only excelled in the classroom, they also immersed themselves in Memphis and engaged with the city’s culture, people and causes. More than 80 percent participated in community service, and 75 percent did internships and fellowships, many of which were at local non-profit organizations. After graduation, 40 percent of our graduates will remain in the city to continue their education, begin their careers, and contribute in immeasurable ways to the well-being of the city they now call home.

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Honeymoom from Hell Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s first 100 days haven’t been easy.


ost new mayors enjoy several months of a “honeymoon period” when their popularity is at its highest and they use it to create momentum behind a vision and an agenda for the future. Gallup defined the honeymoon period as the months when a politician’s popularity is more than 55 percent, but more commonly, people now concentrate on the first 100 days.

his campaign did him no favors. Critics contend that Strickland’s crime reduction programs are largely an extension of Wharton’s, but Strickland loyalists say development of a new plan of attack was slowed by the need to conduct a national search for a new police director. Criminologists are con-

The perfect storm of too little money, too much need, and big bills coming due blew in with gale-force winds.

But Jim Strickland’s 100 days, which ended April 10th, were defined more by reactions than actions. After deriding former Mayor A C Wharton’s far-reaching 100-day plan in 2012 as more rhetoric than results, it came as no surprise that Strickland did not roll out something similar. However, if he had, it would have been overcome by crises erupting almost weekly: body camera deployment for MPD, MATA’s financial situation, the search for a new police director, minority business issues, climbing debt payments, more money for pensions, and replacement of the city radio system. The snowballing problems were accompanied by an avalanche of unanticipated costs, now exceeding $100 million. Negative budget dynamics could not

be glossed over any longer. The perfect storm of too little money, too much need, and big bills coming due blew in with galeforce winds. If things weren’t complicated enough, raw emotions were injected into City Hall with the suddenly escalating murder rate, zoo parking on the Overton Park greensward, and pressure from Nashville toward deannexation. While most major crimes saw major decreases in recent years, no one foresaw this year’s remarkable doubling of the murder rate over the first quarter. Other cities have experienced similar trends, but the fact that this happened in Memphis during the first months of a mayor who had raised expectations by making crime reduction a centerpiece of

flicted about the reason for the sudden spike in murders in many American cities, and that’s certainly the case in Memphis, where it was met with City Hall’s longtime default position: hire more police officers. Strickland spoke during the campaign about the need for Memphis to have more prevention and interventions, but like Wharton before him, he has little money for them because of the strains to fund $246 million a year on police firepower. Adding to the torrent of emotions was the dispute about using Overton Park’s greensward for overflow zoo parking and the vote by the city council to side with it. Only a few months ago, Strickland campaigners had counted every yard with a “Save

The Greensward” sign as a vote for their candidate, so the speed in which his motives became suspect was testament to the volatility of the issue. Add to these the emotions unleashed with the deannexation bill in the Tennessee Legislature that could give as many as 100,000 Memphians the opportunity to leave the city, and Strickland found himself in a political cauldron unlike any new mayor in modern Memphis history. After the Legislature decided to hold the bill until next year, the city council appointed a committee to determine if it’s in Memphis’ financial interest to reduce its footprint. Some City Hall observers concluded that after eight years on the city council, the new mayor deferred to them when the analysis would normally be something a mayor should direct. More likely, it was a way to emphasize to the council that he will improve relations between the executive and legislative branches. For years, council members complained that the Wharton administration withheld information, and there’s evidence that they were right. All in all, it must seem a long time ago to Strickland that he was saying on the campaign trail: “Make no mistake — my goal is change: Violent crime will be reduced, more roads will be paved, neighborhoods will be cleaned up, blight will be reduced, and city government will execute on a vision.” With controversies at every turn, it’s hard to draw any definitive conclusions about his brand of mayoral leadership, because it’s still evolving. However, his first budget, which is now beginning its hearings before the city council, will more than anything give the strong indications of whether events have overtaken those campaign promises.


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he competition this year was fierce,” says Abby Phillips, director of Memphis Fashion Week. The annual event is always fun and fabulous, but behind the scenes is a worthy program known as the Emerging Memphis Designers Project (EMDP). Contestants in EMDP presented sketches more than six months ago for a chance to develop a clothing line and show it during MFW. These looks were judged by the audience at a show held April 9th at the Memphis College of Art and also by two judges.

I was one of those judges, an honor I shared with textile designer and former Memphian, Andra Eggelston. Before the show, we went backstage to meet the designers as they explained the ideas behind their art. Andra and I got to see the garments closely and absorb the construction of the garments, the heft of the fabrics, and details we may have missed during the wild production of the runway spectacles. There were winners in two categories: Zoe Vu won in the Singles Collection showing one to three pieces, and Mary Ambrose won in the Mini Collection showing at least five cohesive pieces. Each winner receives a scholarship to Memphis College of Art in the Continuing Education program. The contestants ranged in backgrounds, age, and skill but all had an innate sense of style and limitless creativity. All the events of Memphis Fashion Week and this unfolding talent prove there is yet another creative layer in our city’s rich cultural fabric.

ZOE V U W I N N ER OF SI NGL E S COL L EC T ION Tell me a little bit about your muse. Who is she and where will she wear your clothing?

Honestly, I designed my spring collection, Nova Bound, with myself in mind. After struggling to find ready-to-wear pieces that would fit into my personal style I decided to make my own. Objectively speaking, I would say that my muse is a modest, stylish girl with just a hint of sex appeal. She is the type of girl that looks effortlessly beautiful no matter where she is: grocery store, brunch, school, work, etc. Style, comfort, and originality are equally important to my muse. I loved all three of your pieces but I’m most attracted to the shorts romper. I’m in

The business of fashion design faces so many challenges today and is considered risky. Why are you still attracted to this industry and what would you tell potential investors about funding your line?

I’m an artist. It’s in my blood and I’ve been like this my whole life. Creating beauty and bringing joy into the world has always been one of my main goals. I love my job as a graphic designer more than anything in the entire world. I love that I can visually communicate to the masses. I am extremely lucky to be doing what I love as a career. During my career as a graphic designer I have been given the opportunity to design (not sew) clothing for different companies. So I don’t really see it as risky. I’ve always been paid in full for my designs. Now that I’m designing and sewing for my own company, Nomadic Vibe, I’ve just decided to do limited size runs. That way I don’t have a lot of unsold product sitting around. I would tell potential investors that we should keep the company online only (to prevent in-store theft) and do limited size runs to keep overhead down. My generation is obsessed with social media and online sales. I believe that we should tap into that for our marketing scheme.


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Before I tell you where you’re going, I want to tell you where the romper has been! I’m surprised that you liked that piece the most because it was the most difficult piece for me to make. I had to hand-dye and screen-print the fabric to make the shorts, which were actually the first pair of shorts I’ve ever made. The day of the fashion show I removed the long sleeves from the romper to make it look more modern. Anyway, you are going to brunch at the Beauty Shop in my romper! Well at least that’s where I would wear it. The front of the top and the length of the shorts make it modest enough to wear to a casual brunch with the girls and the open back gives it just a hint of sex appeal to make you feel confident. Also, if you sit at the bar at Beauty Shop then everyone can see the beautiful fringe jewelry cascading down your back.

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Tell me a little bit about the benefits of being in fashion in Memphis.

There are so many benefits. First and foremost is the cheap rent. As a recent graduate the cheap rent has allowed me to easily afford a studio space. Having a designated place to work is extremely important to my creative process. Another great thing about being in Memphis are the volunteer opportunities. I’ve been volunteering for the U of M costume shop and I plan to reach out to Theatre Memphis during the summer. Volunteering with knowledgeable seamstresses has really given me a lot of hands-on experience. Memphis Fashion Week and the fashion design classes at Memphis College of Art also provide great opportunities and learning experiences for newbie designers, like myself. The only downfall to Memphis is the lack of fabric selections. I found it extremely difficult to find fabric for Memphis Fashion Week.

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I received such great feedback from the show. I knew that the rubber garments would appeal to rock-star eclectic types but I never imagined theywould be so well received on the runway. I was so pleased that my odd mediums were so well received by the judges and audience. It kind of gave me the green light to get even bolder with the design and the mediums. I’ve already started working some new ideas and I don’t want to reveal what my new medium is going to be but I will tell you this, again, not many people are using it in the way I plan to use it in my garments. I have a huge stockpile of inner tubes so I will keep doing the rubber and here’s a hint: I am looking at Mongolian goat hair, more faux fur, chain, and upholstery fabrics. I’m super excited. For now I’m going to keep making rubber garments. I find it challenging but I do every now and then like color. I shop the fabric store and occasionally I’m attracted to something that screams, “Buy me!” I’ve learned to pay attention to that. I may not really know what I’m going to do with it, but if I don’t get it I’ll keep thinking about it and then I’ll go back and find that it’s gone. So I just get two yards and hope it’s enough. But I do like shiny things if that helps. I love sequin. Who is your favorite nationally known designer and why?

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emphis in May kicks off with the city’s biggest event of the season, boasting an eclectic star-studded lineup including Paul Simon, Beck, Jason DeRulo, and Meghan Trainor. Mingle with other festival-goers at the beautiful Tom Lee Park right next to the Mississippi River. Accompanied by plenty of other local and national favorites, Memphis’ biggest annual music festival is a must-see event. Tom Lee Park.

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The Country House at Playhouse on the Square

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies’ play The Country House is coming to Memphis. Join a family of performers at their summer home as they struggle to come to grips with their roles in each others’ lives. Playhouse on the Square, 66 Cooper St. playhouseonthesquare. org

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Memphis Greek Food Festival

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church hosts its 55th Annual Greek Food Festival. Sample authentic

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Festa do Brasil Greek cuisine and celebrate other aspects of Greek music, culture, and heritage. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland. memphisgreekfestival. com

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Huey, a white disc jockey, wants to change the world. Felicia is looking for her big break as a singer. Throw the two together for a wild ride full of Memphis soul and laughter. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Memphis the Musical is Broadway’s ode to our great city. Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. playhouseonthesquare. org


Festa do Brasil at the Latino Memphis Festival

The Latino Memphis Festival 2016 will bring a taste of Brazilian food and culture to the South. Enjoy some of the finest offerings from the South American country, including zumba and samba classes, a Capoeira Martial Arts session, passista dancers, soccer clinics, and more great activities. Top off the day with some delicious Brazilian BBQ and a Caipirinha cocktail. Overton Park.

The Brooks Museum plays host to its inaugural Rotunda Projects exhibit, dedicated to showcasing a large variety of styles with a diverse set of materials by recognized and upcoming artists. The first exhibit will feature Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Rage of the Ballet Gods series. Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

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Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest If there’s one thing Memphis does best, it’s BBQ. As part of the Memphis in May Festival, the 39th annual World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest will pit some of the top BBQ chefs in the nation against each other to compete for the coveted title of best BBQ (and a hefty cash prize). Tom Lee Park.

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Foundry Invitational & River Exhibition Casting Conference Get fired up for the Metal Museum’s Casting Conference. The event is

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Memphis Symphony Orchestra: Mahler’s First

Classical enthusiasts can appreciate Mahler’s Symphonic Poem one night only at the Cannon Center. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s performance will also include Polovtsian Dances from Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Grosso Concerto for Strings. The Cannon Center, 255 N Main. memphissymphony. org

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Woody Allen brings his wit to the stage with Bullets Over Broadway, adapted for the stage from the screenplay of the same name. Follow the story of a young playwright who accepts an offer from a mobster to finance his next show in order to please his showgirl girlfriend. The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main. orpheum-memphis. com

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Memphis Flea Markets: The Big One

Memphis’ monthly Flea Market returns to the Agricenter this month. Bargain hunters unite for some of the best deals in town on home decor, apparel, and other merchandise. Shoppers worn out from a long day of price-hunting can treat themselves to BBQ, Pronto Pups, ice cream, and other tasty snacks. The Agricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd.


Journey and The Doobie Brothers

The Wheel In the Sky keeps on turning, but we all know where you’ll be on May 25: rocking out to Journey and the Doobie Brothers at the FedExForum. With special guest Dave Mason, these rock legends will have you Listening to the Music all night long! FedExForum, 191 Beale.


Cartoonists United for St. Jude Kids

Cartoon lovers can support a great cause at St. Jude at the new Cartoonists United event. 21 nationally-renown cartoonists, including Bill Morrison (The Simpsons), Steve McGarry (Minions), and Jeff Keane (Family

Circus), will come and mingle with guests alongside great food and spirits, so get your best Cartoon Chic outfit, support the kids, and enjoy both live and silent auctions at the event. Domino’s Event Center, 501 St. Jude Place.



Zoo Brew

Animal lovers and beer connoisseurs can get their fix at the annual Zoo Brew. Put on by the Memphis Zoo, the event features a wide selection of beers from around the world and live music. More information will be forthcoming soon regarding time and location at eventcalendar


Great American River Run

Memphis in May’s newest addition is the Great American River Run, with either a halfmarathon or 5K event available alongside the Mississippi River and through downtown Memphis. The route will feature live music and end on the river bluff with more music, food, and drinks. Register at memphisinmay. org/run-info; part of the proceeds will go towards the Wounded Warriors Project. Starting Line at Dr. MLK Jr. Ave.



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1985: A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS editor’s note: As Memphis magazine is now in its Fortieth Anniversary year, each month we are publishing stories from our four-decade archives, stories that we think today’s readers of the magazine will find of interest and value. This month’s archival feature, drawn from the March 1985 issue, is a profile of attorney Lucius Burch (1912-1996), a longtime partner in the law firm Burch, Porter & Johnson. But he was so much more than an attorney. Self-described as “the most despised man in Memphis” but hailed by others as our city’s conscience, Burch was an activist, conservationist, writer, pilot, and world traveler. The Lucius Burch Natural Area at Shelby Farms pays tribute to his efforts to protect our natural environment, and as Burch tells then-associate editor Judy Ringel, if it weren’t for his legal acumen, there’s a good chance that Federal Express wouldn’t exist.

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ou can have a reasonable argument as to whether Walter Armstrong, Leo Bearman, Mike Cody, or Lucius Burch is the best lawyer around,” Lucius Burch wrote in 1975, “but you can’t have a reasonable argument as to who has been the most insulted man in Memphis. It is I. “One example will make the point. During the Estes Kefauver campaign [he was the successful Democratic candidate for Senate in 1948], I made many speeches throughout the state in behalf of his candidacy, and some of my remarks about the state of politics in Shelby County were not well received by the political establishment here.

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“At a meeting held at the Catholic Club to discuss the campaign strategy for Judge Mitchell [Kefauver’s opponent],” Burch continues, “one young attorney about my own age said: ‘I won’t take your time by telling you that Lucius Burch is a son-of-a-bitch. You all know that. What I’m telling you is that he’s a super-serviceable son-of-a-bitch, and by that I mean if you ordered a carload of sons-of-bitches and the railroad parked the boxcar at your factory and you opened the door and only he stepped out, you wouldn’t make a claim against the railroad for a shortage!’” To be sure, it takes an extraordinary man to inspire such imaginative political invective. But then, Lucius Burch is no ordinary man. Trial lawyer, scholar, political activist, champion of individual rights, outdoorsman, naturalist, world traveler, writer — he’s all of these, and more. There is practically no field of endeavor in which Lucius Burch is not interested, and precious few in which he doesn’t excel. For nearly 50 years Burch has been prodding us to be more progressive than we are. Born in Nashville in 1912, he spent his early years at Riverwood, his family’s plantation there. At 11, he was sent off to military school in Mississippi; at 15, he was expelled for insubordination. “I grew up a fairly spoiled young man,” he says now (1985). “My father was a prominent man in Nashville [dean of Vanderbilt Medical School], and my grandfather had been interested in politics — frequently violently. It never occurred to me that I had to be careful about what I said.” By 1936 Burch was a brash young attorney working in his uncle Charles Burch’s Memphis law firm. His aim was to practice corporate law, not politics. But he soon chafed at the enormous power of E.H. Crump’s*** political machine, and it wasn’t long before he began speaking out against it. In one way or another, Burch has been challenging the status quo in Memphis ever since. Though he’s never sought public office (“It’s a form of life that is repugnant to my personal lifestyle,” he says), he has consistently concerned himself with public issues. While cities like Birmingham and Little Rock exploded with racial violence during the late Fifties and early Sixties, it was Lucius Burch and the biracial Memphis Committee on Community Relations, so largely influenced by his ideas, that helped keep Memphis cool. Later on, when it became obvious that the old city commission form of government no longer served our needs, it was Burch who spearheaded formation of the Program of Progress committee that shaped our present mayor/council set-up. (It should be noted, however, that Burch’s own preference was, and still is, for a city manager rather than a mayor.) All that, of course, is the public side of Lucius Burch. But it’s the other side of his life, or *** See “E.H. Crump: The Making of a Boss” in the April 2016 issue of Memphis magazine.

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rather, the many other sides, that stagger the MEMPHIS: Let’s begin back in 1936, when you imagination. Carrying on a lifelong love affair moved to Memphis. You were only 24 at the with the great outdoors, he has at one time time and the ink was barely dry on your law or another: dived to the bottom of the sea for degree from Vanderbilt, yet almost sunken treasure (and successfully recovered immediately you incurred the wrath of political dozens of long-lost artifacts, including the boss E.H. Crump. How did that come about? cannon that first saluted the American flag, which now resides in the Smithsonian InBURCH: As a young lawyer I was representstitution); hunted eagles for bounty in Alaska ing the Illinois Central Railroad, and I spoke (“I wish it hadn’t happened,” he would write out about the unfairness of corporate taxation many years later, “but my conscience doesn’t and the unfairness of the views of the adminbother me because it was done under the istration about the utilities. (Crump was in auspices of the best scientific and environfavor of publically owned utilities and directmental knowledge then extant.”); spearfished ly responsible for founding MLGW in 1934. for barracuda in the Gulf of Mexico (“BarraDowntown’s peculiarly named November 6th cudas are not ferocious,” he insists. “They just Street commemorates that event.) I didn’t know look ferocious.”); palled around with Ernest then, as I later learned, that it’s characteristic of almost all dictators — all people who have Hemingway in Pamplona and hunted with him in Cuba; and sailed, back-packed, and a tremendous amount of power — that you scaled mountains in just about every corner cannot agree with them 90 percent of the time of the globe. and be their friend. You’ve got to agree 100 His derring-do as a pilot is almost as legendpercent, or you’re an enemy. So I became an ary as Chuck Yeager’s. enemy of Mr. Crump, For years he commutand having become ed to his downtown an enemy, there was “I BEC A ME A N ENEMY office each day at the nothing to do besides OF MR. CRUMP, A ND controls of his own try to dig myself out single-engine Bonanof the rubble and to THER E WAS NOTHING za, landing on [the litmake the best resisTO DO BESIDES TRY TO tle airfield that once tance that I could. It DIG MYSELF OUT OF THE ran down the middle was repugnant to me of] Mud Island in — and I was thinking RUBBLE A ND TO M A K E the morning, and remostly about myself THE BEST R ESISTA NCE turning to his home rather than having TH AT I COULD.” in Collierville each any great, far-reachnight by flying in uning view about the der the utility wires glories of democracy to land on a makeshift airstrip lighted only by — that anybody could restrain what I thought two smudge pots. And those were just his runor said or did. And then, as you usually do, you try to rationalize your position. So I expanded of-the-mill trips. Veterans of longer jaunts in it into how terrible it was for everybody. Being Burch’s flying machines tend to describe their in opposition, I saw how very stifling Crump’s experiences in words usually reserved for horcontrol was, and if it was stifling to me to the ror-film commercials. (“Terror in the night,” one called it.) fourth power, it was stifling to blacks and laThey tell, for example, of Burch’s unnerving bor leaders and other people to the twentieth power. habit of switching the controls to autopilot, settling down for a nap, and advising his passengers to “let me know if you see something.” In fact, how complete was Crump’s control? They also tell of the time when Burch, stranded It’s impossible today to realize the absolute conin Puerto Rico by a chipped propeller and antrol that Mr. Crump had over the community. noyed by mechanics’ claims that it would take You couldn’t be elected an officer in the Bar two weeks to fix it, picked up a hacksaw, sawed Association, you couldn’t hold a position in the off the end of the broken propeller, evened off American Legion, you couldn’t be a teacher, the prop on the opposite side to match, climbed you couldn’t be anything unless Mr. Crump into his plane, and calmly took off. “Lucius is blessed it. absolutely fearless,” says one longtime friend. “He’s so assured about his ability and his place Did your opposition to the Crump machine in life that no one and nothing can make him make it difficult for you to build a successful back off.” law practice? Nor does he back off from speaking his Oh, certainly. Very difficult. It started out as a terrible burden. But it ended up being a great mind. We visited with Lucius Burch on two occasions not too long ago and found him, benefit. As I said, I represented the Illinois Cenat 73, as frank — and frankly controversial tral, and Crump sent an emissary down to see — as ever: the general counsel [for Illinois Central], who was here on a private call. And he said if they

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wanted to get on in Memphis, they had to get rid of me. Fortunately, the general counsel was the sort of man who didn’t respond to that. What normally happened in a situation like that, if you were a prospective client and you saw in the paper all the time that Lucius Burch was persona non grata, you would naturally want to go to somebody who was a little less controversial. But the result was that I got the reputation of, I suppose, having a competitive set of glands or something. So I got the legal surgery. I got the cases that were difficult, and a lot of them paid extremely well. And I got my start as a trial lawyer, which principally I have been ever since. So it was not all bad.

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The first person that really launched and maintained an on-going fight against Mr. Crump was [then-Memphis Press-Scimitar editor] Ed Meeman, and Ed Meeman and I became friends as a result of our common interest there. We realized that there was never any chance of doing anything unless people who were not vulnerable in some way would stand up and fight. So the first olive out of the bottle, so to speak, was Edmund Orgill. Edmund Orgill was president of the Chamber of Commerce, and the president of Orgill Brothers, he was respected, and he came from a very old family here. Nobody could lay a finger on him about anything. And Ed Orgill just happened to be very interested in something that I became very interested in at the time, which was the idea of extending the Association of North Atlantic Countries into a federal union. I took a book about it [Union Now, by Clarence Streit] up to Estes Kefauver and got him to read it, and he became enthused about it and promised, if he were elected senator, to support it — which he did. So based on that, we were able to get Ed Orgill to join up [in support of Kefauver], and following that, five or six others joined. This was a group that Crump couldn’t intimidate or run out of town, and although we didn’t carry Shelby County, we did get enough votes for Kefauver to cut down on the usual majority in Shelby County [enjoyed by Crump-backed candidates], and Kefauver won. And that was the beginning of the end for Mr. Crump. What other factors contributed to the decline of Crump’s power?

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help of the Press-Scimitar and people really being involved in a community effort, which was very unusual for those days, we were able to get things that broke the back of the machine. We got voting machines, we got civil service for public employees — things that the machine had to have to keep its hand in. And from then on it was gradually downhill until Mr. Crump died [in 1954]. Would you like to see a form of the Civic Research Committee operating today?

Yes, I would. I think it’s very, very badly needed. If such a group did exist, what kinds of problems would you like to see it try to solve?

Well, the big thing municipally right now is taxation. It’s absolutely shocking that all of our taxes are regressive. That the city doesn’t have a payroll tax, and the state doesn’t have an income tax, is barbarous — the result largely of ignorance. If you had [a group] in the community who were thought to have good sense and have community interest at heart, and if they would come out and say, “Look, we’ve got to stop taxing the poor people in this community — we’ve got to spread this burden around,” they could do something about that sort of thing, and much simpler things — what we’re going to do about the railroad tracks along the

river, stuff like that. And if you had 30 or 40 people like Fred Smith, they could do it. But there’s no forum for it.

white power structures in Memphis to form the Memphis Committee on Community Relations. What were some of the activities of the committee?

Nor, apparently, is there anyone to assume the role of organizer, as you did.

The blacks were trying to assert their legal rights — they didn’t want to sit in the back of the bus, they wanted to go into Lowenstein’s and sit at the lunch counter, they wanted to be able to drink out of the fountain at the courthouse. So, what the committee did, it trained cadres of blacks who wouldn’t lose their cool. If they went to the picture show and somebody said, “What are you goddamned niggers doing at the picture show?” they weren’t going to start a fight or a riot. They’d just say, “Aw, come on, let’s forget it.” And over a period of several years the community was able to desegregate all of the public facilities — can you believe it? The library used to be segregated! — and it went off without any major violence.

Well, I was forced into it. I don’t know whether if I’d come down here to Memphis and Mr. Crump had said, “Look, I’m going to make you attorney for the Park Commission,” and if he’d bought me like he bought others, he might have been successful. I’d like to think not. But a better answer is that at the time Crump died, the people that are my age and ten years younger — not 2 percent of them could have told you the difference between the County Court and County Commission. They had been so satisfied and so apathetic about public life that it was sort of demeaning to have to do anything about it. And in the time that it took the vacuum to fill — and it’s not completely filled yet — Dallas and Houston and everybody else were off and running. But the old families — the Snowdens, the Hills, the Boyles — none of them took any part in civic affairs. Hopefully, some of their children will. In 1958, in an attempt to help Memphis avoid the violent desegregation battles then raging in cities like Little Rock and Birmingham, you called together members of the black and

Until the sanitation workers’ strike in 1968.

Right. I would say the blackest day that I know of in Memphis occurred during the garbage strike when everybody was interested in settling it. People were truly concerned about it. A lot of people realized that you had to do something to meet the demands of the garbage workers, and a lot of people were very, very uptight about recognizing any city union. contin u ed on page 7 6

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riginally named Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, the “Jewel Box in Overton Park” was essentially a gift to the people of Memphis from Bessie Vance Brooks, who donated $100,000 to the city to establish a museum in honor of her late husband, Samuel Hamilton Brooks. When it opened in 1916, the city’s only public art gallery displayed a collection of less than two dozen paintings. Expansions over the years, notably in 1955, 1973, and 1989, dramatically increased the exhibition space, which now exceeds

CARRIE MAE WEEMS, American, b. 1953 I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995 C-prints with sandblasted text on glass left and right panels each: 43 1/2 x 33 3/8 in. (110.5 x 84.8 cm) center panels each: 26 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (67.9 x 57.8 cm © Carrie Mae Weems


arrie Mae Weems made this series of appropriated photographs as part of a commission by the J. Paul Getty Museum to respond to early photographic depictions of African Americans. The images explore slavery and

86,000 square feet, making it the largest art museum in Tennessee. Even so, with more than 9,000 works of art — paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, and more — in its permanent collection, only a small percentage of the Brooks Museum’s holdings can be displayed at a given time; some of the older works, because of their age or fragility, rarely if ever see the public eye. On these pages, we help the Brooks celebrate its centennial with a look at some of the magnificent works that have transformed the little gallery in the park into a world-class showplace.

discrimination: “You became a scientific profile,” reads one image of a young woman, while others simply read “House” and “Yard.” The work is politically direct and historically nuanced. It is, as chief curator Marina Pacini puts it, “devastating.”

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CECILIA BEAUX, American, 1855 - 1942 Portrait of Mrs. Samuel Hamilton Brooks, 1911 Oil on canvas Painting: 47 3/4 x 35 in. (121.3 x 88.9 cm) Frame: 52 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (133 x 100 cm) Gift of Mrs. Samuel Hamilton Brooks 16.1


he idea of a Memphis art museum originated in 1906, with a society woman named E.A. Neely. With friends she formed a Park Museum Association, eager to help Memphis overcome its trading-post origins and become a cultural center. She enlisted Carl Gutherz, a prominent national artist with Memphis family connections, convincing him to produce a preliminary model of such a “museum in the park.” But the project did not get off the ground for nearly a decade, and only then when the Association received a $100,000 gift (well over $2 million in today’s terms) from Bessie Brooks, a wealthy widow. These portraits of the museum’s namesakes, the first donations to the institution’s permanent

collection, were painted by Philadelphia-based artist Cecilia Beaux. They reflect the two Brooks’ different roles in the museum’s birth: Mr. Brooks, a Confederate veteran and successful grocer, exudes prosperity, while Mrs. Brooks is depicted as a woman of letters. She wears ermine fur (something that must have been a task, since the portrait was painted in August) and sits at a gilded French table. “She is really showing herself as someone who is incredibly sophisticated,” says Dr. Stanton Thomas, curator of European and Decorative art. “It is a very calculated portrait.” Samuel Brooks died in 1912, shortly after these portraits were painted, but Bessie Vance Brooks played a prominent role in the museum’s growth until her death in 1943.

CECILIA BEAUX, American, 1855 - 1942 Portrait of Mr. Samuel Hamilton Brooks, 1911 Oil on canvas Painting: 39 x 29 1/8 in. (99.1 x 74 cm) Frame: 49 1/4 x 39 in. (125.1 x 99.1 cm) Gift of Mrs. Samuel Hamilton Brooks 16.2

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BAMILEKE PEOPLES, Africa, Cameroon (Grasslands) Elephant Society Mask, Late 19th century Raffia, canvas embroidered with beads Object: 62 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (159.4 x 47 x 21 cm) Base: 62 1/2 x 10 1/8 x 10 in. (158.8 x 25.7 x 25.4 cm) Gift of the Director’s Council 97.2.1


he Elephant Society Mask is one of the most important pieces in the Brooks’ African art collection. The object was created in a mountainous area of western Cameroon, and initially served as part of a masculinity ceremony for young Bamileke men. Says Thomas, “We tend to see something like this mask as an object because we are Western, as opposed to a traditional society in Africa that would see this as connected and kinetic and energetic. When we say ‘mask,’ we mean the object. But for someone of that society, the mask would mean the whole costume and the ceremony. So when you look at it, it is incomplete, but still a wonderful marker.”

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THE MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART | 100 YEARS GEORGE W. INNESS, American, 1825 - 1894 Mid-Summer, 1874 - 1876 Oil on canvas Painting: 18 1/8 x 26 3/16 in. (46 x 66.5 cm) Frame: 26 x 34 1/8 in. (66 x 86.7 cm) Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss 59.14


New York native, George W. Inness was deeply influenced by the Hudson River School. With only a month of formal training, he managed to become one of the finest landscape painters of his generation. A follower of the spiritualist Emanuel Swedenborg, Inness sought to portray the presence of the spiritual in nature. “Inness is a part of a longstanding tradition of Northern, romantic landscape painters,” says Pacini. “There are different versions and understandings about what the spiritual in nature is — whether it is a Christian god or pantheism. But the idea of exploring the divine in the natural is a longstanding tradition in Western art.” Mid-Summer shows a single, shadowy figure standing in a small grove of trees. He is practically invisible, and that is intentional; the boundaries of the figure and the surrounding trees and hills are blurred, a technique that Inness employed in an attempt to communicate that life is unified through the spiritual.

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UNKNOWN ARTIST, Italian (active in Urbino), Dish, 1549 Maiolica Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust 2014.11


his plate, from the high Renaissance, is both a functional object and a painting in microcosm. Acquired by the Decorative Arts Trust, an important adjunct of the Brooks, the dish is a companion to many of the paintings in

the museum’s collection. Says Thomas, “It is this really rich, very complicated scene. It shows Aeneas stopping at the funeral pyre of his father. The Decorative Arts Trust is really good at finding things like this that complement the rest of our collection.”

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ANDREA PREVITALI, Italian (Bergamasque-Venetian School), ca. 1470 - 1528 The Annunciation, ca. 1520 - 1525 Tempera on wood panel Painting: 61 1/4 x 63 3/8 in. (155.6 x 161 cm) Frame: 69 3/4 x 72 1/2 in. (177.2 x 184.2 cm) Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation 61.197


revitali lived and worked in northern Italy at a time in which oil painting was coming to dominate the form. This biblical scene, executed in jewel-tones, references the New Testament text in which the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she is with child.

Says Thomas, “There is a great sense of color, lifelikeness, and movement in this image because of that northern tradition.” The angel Gabriel, complete with white robe and golden wings, carries a single stalk of lilies, while a dove, representing the holy spirit, descends from above.

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THE MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART | 100 YEARS THOMAS HART BENTON, American, 1889 - 1975 Engineer’s Dream, 1931 Oil on panel Painting: 29 7/8 x 41 3/4 in. (75.9 x 106 cm) Frame: 35 5/8 x 50 3/4 in. (90.5 x 128.9 cm) Eugenia Buxton Whitnel Funds 75.1 © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/ UMB Bank Trustee/ licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


homas Hart Benton’s Engineer’s Dream was acquired by the museum in 1975, the year of the artist’s death. Benton’s painting — an American work indebted to European Mannerism — tells the story of a train’s derailment, as dreamt by the sleeping engineer. In a monograph called “Thomas Hart Benton: Painting the Song,” author Leo Mazow noted that the artist was “an active performer, collector, and transcriber of folk and classical music.” Based on an old song, the dream is actually a nightmare, since the scene depicts the engineer’s own son at the throttle of the doomed locomotive. From the song: “And then through the night came a message / And it told him his dream had been true / His brave son had gone to his maker / Along with the rest of his crew.” The piece was donated to the Brooks by prolific collector Eugenia Buxton Whitnel, a Memphis photographer and pianist, whose donation of American art still defines a large part of the collection.

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SOFONISBA ANGUISSOLA, Italian, 1532/35 - 1625 Self-Portrait, ca. 1560 Oil on wood panel Painting: 5 x 4 5/8 in. (12.7 x 11.8 cm) Frame: 9 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (25.1 x 25.1 cm) Memphis Park Commission purchase 43.11


ofonisba Anguissola’s self-portrait is, according to Thomas, “kind of a mystery.” It is unknown why the snapshot-sized portrait was made, though historians speculate that it was likely a gift to the artist’s family. What is known is that this is a unique object made by a unique artist: Anguissola, who would have been in her late 20s when she painted this, was considered a prodigy in her native

Italy. Everyone from Michelangelo to King Philip II of Spain valued her lifelike portraits. One of six sisters, Anguissola is notable not only for her work, but for her groundbreaking role as a woman in a time when portraiture was an almost exclusively male profession. Says Thomas, “She is really the first major artist who is a woman to emerge in Western art history.” But her position did not come without limitations:

Anguissola painted many self-portraits, in part, because women of the period were not allowed to work from nude models. This small likeness, accompanied in the collection by a similar portrait of one of the artist’s sisters, was purchased in 1942 by the mayor of Memphis with city funds — an extremely controversial move at the time, but one that, in decades since, has proved priceless to the city and the museum.

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UNKNOWN MAKER, English, Young Boy’s Waistcoat, ca. 1720 Linen with silk embroidered appliqués 20 1/4 x 21 1/2 in. (51.4 x 54.6 cm) Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust 95.2


ays Thomas, “This waistcoat is a great example of how the British, even in the eighteenth century, were very good at finding ways to maximize profits. It is a very simple waistcoat covered in silk appliques. But instead of embroidering directly onto the waistcoat, they made silk appliques on smaller pieces of linen, and once they were done they sewed them onto the waistcoat.”

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THE MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART | 100 YEARS CARROLL CLOAR, American (active in Memphis), 1913 - 1993 Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog, 1965 Casein tempera on Masonite Painting: 23 x 33 3/4 in. (58.4 x 85.7 cm) Frame: 28 3/4 x 39 5/8 in. (73 x 100.6 cm) Brooks Fine Arts Foundation purchase 65.17 © Estate of the artist


arroll Cloar’s Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog doesn’t fit easily into any category: somewhat regional, somewhat magical realist, Cloar’s paintings defy definition. Generally considered today Memphis’ greatest twentieth-century painter, he used tempera and faux-pointilism to create his transcendent images. “I always associate this image with the second migration,” says Thomas. “These people are leaving the South. Leaving from Morehead, Mississippi — you can imagine how bad the conditions were there for African Americans. It’s a tragic picture, even though the colors are so light and beautiful.” Cloar, who mostly sold work out of his home studio, was both an observer and interpreter of the civil rights movement and the decline of American rural life. “I think one of the reasons Cloar is so popular,” says Thomas, “is that this small town exists inside everybody in the United States.”

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FLORINE STETTHEIMER, American, 1871 - 1944 Still Life Number One with Flowers (Flowers Against Wallpaper), ca. 1915 Oil on canvas Painting: 36 x 26 1/8 in. (91.4 x 66.4 cm) Frame: 40 1/2 x 30 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (102.9 x 77.8 x 6.4 cm) Gift of the Estate of Miss Ettie Stettheimer 60.21


lorine Stettheimer was a poet and painter who, alongside her sisters and mother, ran a European-style intellectual salon in her New York City home. Her friends and fans included Marcel Duchamp and Henry McBride, artists who made sure her legacy endured despite lack of popular interest. She is best known for her vibrant paintings of flowers and social scenes, executed in a signature style. Still Life Number One with Flowers is an early example of her work, made soon after Stettheimer returned from a stint in Europe. In counterposing the floral wallpaper and the bouquet, the artist explores the interplay of dimension and color. The painting has recently been conserved and will be on display when the museum re-opens this year after extensive renovations. “I love the bizarreness of her paintings,” says Pacini. “This is so full of life. It pulls you into this game of trying to figure out what is going on.” 

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BURTON CALLICOTT, American, 1907 - 2003, The Gleaners, 1936 Painting: 40 1/4 x 28 1/8 in. (102.2 x 71.4 cm) Frame: 47 1/2 x 35 3/4 x 2 3/8 in. (120.7 x 90.8 x 6 cm) Gift of Evelyne and Burton Callicott 94.7 © Estate of the artist


long-time faculty member of the Memphis Academy of Art (now the Memphis College of Art, located next door to the Brooks), Memphis-bred Burton Callicott was an early disciple of the social realist and Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. The Gleaners, obviously inspired by Jean Francois Millet’s 1857 masterpiece of the same name, replaces Millet’s peasant women in the fields with three downtrodden African Americans “gleaning” pieces of coal shaken off passing railway cars. Callicott’s powerful piece was funded by the Depressionera Federal Art Project and exhibited at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, to great acclaim. In later years, Callicott changed styles dramatically, becoming one of the region’s foremost Abstract Expressionists. The Gleaners was donated to the Brooks by the artist and his wife in 1994.

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CARL GUTHERZ, American (b. Switzerland), 1844 - 1907 Light of the Incarnation (Lux Incarnationis), 1888 Oil on wood panel Painting: 77 x 114 in. (195.6 x 289.6 cm) Frame: 82 1/4 x 122 x 3 1/2 in. (208.9 x 309.9 x 8.9 cm) Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall F. Goodheart 68.11.1


ight of the Incarnation is considered one of Carl Gutherz’s best works, winning a major prize at the Paris Exhibition Universelle de 1889. Born in Switzerland, Gutherz spent much of his artistic career working in the Mississippi River Valley (he married a Memphian), going back and forth to Europe regularly, and developing an international reputation as a leading American Symbolist. Writing

about this piece’s religious motif, Brooks registrar Marilyn Masler notes that “Gutherz chose opalescent colors to paint this immense ethereal scene, using flowers, birds, and butterflies as symbols of purity and rebirth.” Gutherz was a consultant for the original ”museum in the park” committee, and produced a design for an arts and sciences pavilion that evolved into the Brooks Arts Gallery.

Special thanks to Marina Pacini, Chief Curator at the Brooks, and Stanton Thomas, Curator of European and Decorative Art, for their assistance in the preparation of this special feature.

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An East Memphis original with character and a host of memories for the Gates family. by anne cunningham o’neill photography by andrea zucker


homas Wolfe says you can’t go home again, but with apologies to this famous author, Memphis’

very own Zada Hart Gates begs to differ.

She and her husband, Jeptha (“Jep”) Gates, an agronomist, moved to Australia in 1999. While there he formed an agri-business partnership, BioAg. After 15 wonderful and productive years spent “down under” living In a neighborhood seeing more and more tear downs, this house has endured as an original mid-century modern dating to 1951.

in Western Australia an hour from Perth and in Narrandera, New South Wales, the couple returned home and purchased the very home Hart had grown up in.

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above: The original living room has been transformed into the large dining room — the better to suit the home’s host and hostess who love to entertain. right: In a vintage family photograph, this handsome couple, R.B. Hart and his wife Zada, pose together in front of a fireplace in the home they lovingly built.

Zada Hart Gates tells me her father, R.B. (“Babe”) Hart, was raised in-town on Belvedere in Central Gardens, and her mother, also named Zada, was from a farming family in Keiser, Arkansas. Her parents made the decision to build their one-story, mid-century modern house in 1951, just as the city limits were expanding and this particular East Memphis neighborhood was being established. The low-lying home is on a leafy, corner lot which is just short of an acre and spreads out diagonally across the property. Located in a neighborhood which is seeing more and more “tear downs,” this house is an original — and it’s the real deal. After close to 40 years the Hart family home was sold; another family lived there for 25 years while making a few improvements along the way. By great good fortune in 2010 a Memphis friend, Grayson Smith, reported to Gates that her old house had come on the market. She was excited at the thought of living there again, but cautiously — and considerately —she said to her husband, “I think you’ll like it, but if there’s anything that makes you uncomfortable, we will walk away.” The good news is that Jep loved it! They bought it in 2011, although the couple only permanently moved into it in 2014. They were still living in Australia while their new/ old home was being significantly renovated. This was quite an undertaking to take on from afar, and they are especially grateful to their good family friend, designer

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left: An extensive collection of wooden bowls from New Zealand, Australia, and Bali are artfully arranged on the back wall of the family room.

bottom: The “killer” view from the windows of this sleek, modern, state-of-theart kitchen never fails to inspire the homeowners.

Zada says, “The only rule we have in our house is that guests must make themselves at home — and they do!”

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above: This handsome and expansive office with its customized Murphy bed behind the bookshelves on the wall at left is a perfect working — and perhaps napping — environment. right: The family unit: Jep, Zada and adorable pooch, “Peanut.”

Jenny Yeates, who agreed to take on the project. Fortunately, Zada is delighted with the results and happily tells me “the character of the house is unchanged.” As she shows me around, pointing to the changes that were made, she tells me her only rule is that guests must make themselves at home. (I know; I did!) Gates clearly feels a deep sentimental attachment to the home of her youth and everything in it, and she’s artfully blended family antiques, such as gooseneck rocking chairs (fyi, their scrolled arms do resemble geese) with pieces acquired in their travels. These include, for example, the extensive collection of wooden bowls on the wall in the family room and “Kevin Kangaroo,” the sculpture languishing outdoors. Zada loves texture and has textiles from around the world, which add warmth to the home’s furnishings, as well as all kinds of art ranging from bird panels in the dining room to Paul Edelstein’s painting of the beloved family pet, a Jack Russell terrier named “Peanut.” The original 1950s knotty-pine Florida room with its peg flooring and fireplace was originally separated from the kitchen by a wall. To improve traffic flow and enhance entertaining space, this wall was removed in the renovation process. The kitchen was gutted and

pushed out towards the front of the property; the result is a sleek, modern kitchen with stainless steel tiles and black granite countertops — not to mention a killer view of the property. The paint color used is “Virtual Taupe” which, by the way, is also used on the home’s exterior. The adjacent pantry/laundry room was also expanded. Other changes included transforming the former living room into today’s dining room. The large family room was painted and shelves were added. The master bedroom was reconfigured; now the master bathroom is positively spa-like with its heated floors, soaking tub, double sinks, and natural light flooding in. The couple built a three-car garage and Jep, being the great duck hunter that he is (he hails originally from Clarksdale, MS), now has room for his duck boat along with the family cars. A whole wing off the garage provides space for his woodworking shop and a beautiful office with a little bathroom and a customized queen-sized Murphy bed. All the rooms of the house overlook lovingly landscaped grounds which are maintained by Ryan’s Lawncare, owned by Ryan Michalski. I am told he has been out every day this spring, patiently moving bushes and doing whatever else needs doing. There are many

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left: “Kevin Kangaroo” languishing outdoors is a constant reminder of happy years spent in Australia.

below: The spacious, light-filled bathroom opening off the master bedroom is positively spa-like with its heated floors, beautiful tiles and soaking tub.

beautiful trees on the property, including huge hollies and dogwoods. A standing-seam metal roof was added over the home’s front entrance, adding architectural interest. For Zada Hart Gates, home is where the heart is (pun intended), and a major reason is because her 94-year-old mother Zada Hart Curcio lives nearby at Trezevant Manor retirement community. Gates and her brothers, Charles K. Hart and Joe Harris III, also have many old friends from their days at White Station and Messick High Schools and from jobs they once held here. I happen to live in the same neighborhood, and we often stop to chat as we walk our dogs. One day, Zada hospitably enticed me into her fabulous kitchen with the promise of herbal tea and Whole Foods cakes and cookies. I was fascinated by the interesting history of the family “homestead,” and knew then and there that this would be a story well worth telling in this magazine!  

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above left: Kids climb a simulated Martian mountain at the United States Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.


trange things grow in the Alabama red clay. You start to notice it everywhere about the time Highway 72 hits the Alabama state line. The northern end of the state is largely rural, but both high-tech experimenters and bleeding-heart soul singers have chosen this place to lay down roots. You can get a sense of how Alabamans lived before the coming of the automobile and jet travel when you stop at Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller. The tiny clapboard cottage in Tuscumbia where the blind, deaf, and mute little girl was born, and the well pump where she first communicated with the outside world, are all lovingly preserved. Visiting Ivy Green is a rite of passage for school kids in the area, and the grounds are alive with the sound of chattering youngsters, although weekends are considerably calmer.

above right: Space Campers carry out a simulated spacewalk in the USSRC’s Science On Orbit exhibit.

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below right: Many of the children who attend Space Camp in Huntsville every year may go on to careers in the aerospace industry.


below left: The bust of Helen Keller stands outside Ivy Green, the birthplace of the famed disabled activist in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

In the summer, the U.S. National Landmark regularly stages outdoor performances of The Miracle Worker, the award-winning story of Keller and her dedicated nurse Anne Sullivan.



lorence is just a short drive across the Tennessee River, and it’s clear how much things have changed in the last hundred years. Downtown Florence has become a hub of activity after years of neglect, says Nick Franks, co-owner of On The Rocks, the restaurant and live music venue whose opening in 2008 was the herald of a new era. “We always loved Downtown Florence,” he says. “There was some risk involved, but we thought it was worth it. We felt like it was the time, and we were eager to get started.” The team’s second downtown property, The Pie Factory, has earned a reputation as the best pizza in Alabama since opening in late

2013. Their crust is both crunchy and chewy, like you want a good pizza to be; their toppings tend toward the spicy, like the Aretha Franklin, a double pepperoni with hot sauce. “I love our musical heritage,” says Franks, whose menu also boasts a pizza called the Muscle Shoals Sound. “There’s a great sense of community here. … We feel like we’re connected and a part of a greater family.”



roducer Rick Hall kicked off the FAME Records musical journey in 1964 with “Steal Away,” a soul hit by Jimmy Hughes. “My dad started FAME back in the late 1950s,” says Rodney Hall, sitting in the studio’s small lobby. “It started as a publishing company, and then he built the studio and started having success as a producer. And 52 years later, we’re still rolling.” There’s a deep connection between the Memphis and Muscle Shoals musical commu-

nities. Aretha Franklin’s career took off here with “Do Right Woman.” Legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson traveled here in 1969 to play piano on the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” one of three tracks the Stones recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. And the stories go on and on. “We just did ten days with Greg Allman, cutting his new album,” says Hall. FAME’s hit-making ambiance is unchanged, but the bustling town outside the walls couldn’t be more different from the 1960s. “It’s funny. When I was a kid, everything on this street was all cotton fields,” says Hall. “When my dad built here, there was nothing.” Why did this small Alabama town become a mecca for popular music? “There’s a lot of answers to that,” Hall says. “Things came together. The honest answer is that there’s not anything to do here except for play music and drink. People sat around on their porches and M A Y 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 67

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entertained each other. In the late 1950s, radio had been out for a while, but the recording industry was still developing. Albums weren’t even a big thing at that point; it was all singles. The recording industry certainly wasn’t in small towns. Nashville’s music industry didn’t take off until the early 1950s, so Muscle Shoals wasn’t far behind.”



rriving in Huntsville as the sun is going down, a prosperous little city with a metro-area population of 400,000, it’s hard to miss the Rocket. It’s a 363-foot replica of a Saturn V, the ship that took men to the moon. During World War II, the sleepy town of Huntsville was chosen by the U.S. Army as a place to manufacture ordnance such as artillery shells and rockets. After the war, German scientist Werner Von Braun brought his team to the Redstone Arsenal, and Huntsville became Rocket City. Happily, one of the pleasant side effects of populating a town with chemists is that a lot of them took up brewing beer as a hobby. “I came up here right when the whole craft beer thing started taking off,” says Jason Allison, general manager of Below The Radar Brewhouse. “I’ve watched these breweries grow up; Straight to Ale and Yellowhammer were among the first to get going. We’re up to seven, and there’s an eighth that’s supposed to open Downtown soon.” The other Huntsville breweries peddle their fare in tap rooms, but Below The Radar is the first full-service brew pub in town. Brewmaster Eric Tollisin makes a mean stout, and the hot wings are already legendary.



ith more than 620,000 visitors last year alone, the number-one tourist attraction in the state of Alabama is the U.S. Space and Rocket Center

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, one of Alabama’s top attractions, has a world-class collection of rockets and spacecraft, including the only full Space Shuttle launch stack in existence.

(USSRC). “We’re the official visitor’s center of the Marshall Spaceflight Center,” says Pat Ammons, USSRC Director of Communications. “We have a lot of NASA artifacts, we have a lot of cooperation from NASA, and we’re great friends, but we receive no funding from NASA, and no operational funding from the state.” Founded in 1970 during the heady days of the Apollo moon landing project, the USSRC boasts one of the greatest collections of spaceships on Earth. The Redstone Arsenal was the site of hundreds of rocket engine tests during the space race, and much of the test hardware that didn’t explode ended up here. A Redstone, the rocket that propelled Alan Shepard into space, sits a few meters from the prototype of John Glenn’s Atlas rocket. But the crown jewel of the rocket collection is the Saturn V, one of three left on this planet. The one which towers over the Space and Rocket Center is a replica, built to give you the visceral understanding that this spacecraft that can fly at 25,000 mph is 40 stories tall. The real Saturn V is laid out inside its own protective building, surrounded by space artifacts and interpretive exhibits — the most fascinating of which goes into detail about the rocket’s massive computers, which boasted a then-whopping 100K of memory, and which performed flawlessly even when

struck by lightning while going faster than the speed of sound. At the rocket’s tip sits a genuine lunar vehicle: Casper, the Apollo 16 Command Module which carried astronauts John Young, Charlie Duke, and Thomas Mattingly to their three-day stay on the Moon in April 1972. But there’s a lot more to the USSRC than its priceless space artifacts. As we’re standing in an International Space Station simulator inside the new Science On Orbit exhibit, a group of kids clad in the distinctive blue flight suits of Space Camp runs through the module. Ammons asks where they’re from. “We are Indians from Dubai,” one boy says in careful but confident English. Then they’re off

The centerpiece of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s collection is one of only three Saturn V rockets remaining on planet Earth.

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to complete their important mission. Space Camp attracts young science enthusiasts from all over the world. “Not everyone who comes to Space Camp goes on to become an astronaut, but so many of them have gone on to work in the aerospace industry, engineering, and a wide variety of fields,” says Ammons. The driver of the Mars Curiosity rover is a Space Camp alum, as are the leading engineers in Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ private space company, Blue Origins. The five NASA astronauts the program has produced have all been women. “I think for females, when they come here they see a level playing field in a way that they haven’t seen before,” says Ammons. “When you give people a level playing field, all sorts of things can happen. Teamwork is also a big part of our Space Camp program. It’s good to shine, but you can’t achieve anything if you try to do it all by yourself. … I have really come to appreciate the value of what we’re doing in space, the creativity, the teamwork, the passion. I can see what we do here at Space Camp, what a life-changing thing it can be. It’s such a positive thing to be a part of.” Ammons says the most magical moments at the Space and Rocket Center are when the future and past of space exploration occasionally intersect. Shortly before Neil Armstrong’s death in 2012 at age 82, he came to the Marshall Spaceflight Center to honor the retirement of an original Apollo rocket scientist. “He didn’t make many public appearances,” Ammon says. “But he walked down the center of the hall under that Saturn V rocket toward the stage that was set up in the front. All these Space Camp children were lined up, and he was shaking hands and high-fiving them. Everybody in that building was just tearing up.”

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hen puppeteer Anna Sue Courtney arrived in Huntsville, she didn’t see a city of scientists. “When I came here in the 1980s, the people I knew were mostly artists,” she says. “I worked at an Alabama Filmmaker’s Co-Op doing children’s programming. As many rocket, NASA, and Army people that are here, I didn’t know any of them. I sort of walked into this alternative community that was super-supportive.” Some of those artists eventually organized into the Flying Monkey collective, which put on art shows, musical performances, and theatrical events that defy easy description. “We did a lot of what people would call pop-ups now,” she says.

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But after years of moving from place to place, the troupe began looking for a more permanent home. “We thought, we could rent some place and not have to carry everything around!” In 2003, the Flying Monkeys found a home in a sprawling, abandoned textile factory called Lowe Mill. “The owner saw the potential,” Courtney says. “We divided it up into studio spaces. We used to call them ‘art kennels.’ It took a long time to get air, but we had heat.” Cleaning, painting, and organizing the space took time, but there were many willing hands. Eventually there was a regular artists market and a spacious theater. Music shows included the soon-to-be-superstars The Alabama Shakes. “They were just called The Shakes back then,” recalls Courtney. Courtney says the spirit of experimentation helped make Lowe Mill the largest arts space in the entire Southeast. “There was not really any model for doing this. A lot of things have

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happened in 13 years. I think it would have been really hard to start with a single artist here or there. You couldn’t have generated enough energy. There were maybe 15 people, and we were bringing live music and visual art and lots of craziness. We would make up really strange events. We kicked up a lot of commotion.” Lowe Mill’s improbable success has surprised even the people who were already there. “We moved in during the Year of the Monkey, and here it is, the Year of the Monkey again,” Courtney says. “We didn’t know we would be here for a full cycle.”


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ith an educated population of scientists, military personnel, artists, and techies, it’s no wonder that a vibrant culinary scene has begun to spring up in Huntsville. Five years ago, Chef Stephen Bunner opened his restaurant, called 1892 East, in the city’s Five Points historic district. He wanted a “high-quality, casual-based food in an inviting environment that used local and regionally sourced agreements wherever feasible. I wanted it to be Southern influenced without being purely Southern. That way if I wanted to do a little pesto garnish, I could do it.” But he wanted to avoid the fine-dining label. “That makes you a special-occasion restaurant, and I didn’t want that. We have a large base of regulars. The neighborhood has accepted us. The city as a whole has also accepted us.” 1892 East combines the best aspects of haute cuisine and a down-to-earth eatery. “Traditional Southern cooking is a lot like traditional French cooking, in that you cook from the ground up,” Bunner says. “You cook what you have. That didn’t always mean cooking richly, but it did mean cooking rich food well.” Chef Bunner’s influences come together in his exceptional stuffed, pan-roasted trout with sautéed onion and Serrano-style ham filling on fingerling potatoes and a bed of garlic-braised greens. His menu also boasts an extensive vegetarian menu featuring a grilled tempeh dish with roasted sweet potatoes, wilted spinach, and a rosemary and lemon pesto, making 1892 East a must for non-meat eaters visiting the Rocket City. The Huntsville area is in the midst of some explosive growth, which pleases longtime residents like Bunner. “It’s a mishmash of high tech and agriculture,” he says. “Huntsville’s history is in the soil, but its head and future continue to be in the clouds.” For more information on where to stay and where to eat when visiting, go to

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contin u ed from page 3 8 And there was merit in both views. But as a result of rather clandestine negotiations with Jerry Wurf, who was representing the garbage workers’ union, [then-City Councilman] Downey Pryor and I took a letter up to City Hall [in which the union offered] to settle the strike with the city giving up nothing more than the union dues, which were nominal, could be collected in a check-off. They [then-Mayor Henry Loeb and his advisors] refused to do it, and from then on, there was nothing for the union to do but fight. They had to. Take a mouse and crowd him into a corner, and finally he’s going to have to try to bite his way out. That’s what they did from then on, right up to the assassination of Martin Luther King.

faces here. We’ve got a few, but we need a few more. So we’re going to take the black girl.” We’ve discriminated against the white girl because she is white. And it’s just as wrong. It’s just as much a deprivation of her rights as it would be in the other case. So I think the Supreme Court was right in [the] Bakke [case],*** and I can’t get interested in affirmative action. What about the argument that it’s up to us to redress the injustices of the past?

I don’t buy that at all. I don’t feel an obligation to redress anything except the things which I participated in doing. Everything is unjust. I don’t look like [Robert] Redford; none of the women in my life ever looked like Bo Derek; I’m not nearly as smart as Einstein — it’s unjust. But unless the injustice is in some way institutionalized, unless there is some law or institution that perpetuates it, I think we’re going to have to let everybody work it out as best they can, just like the Jews and the Irish and the Japanese and everybody else that had to do it. Although, admittedly, it’s going to be tougher on blacks because they wear such a distinctive uniform.

You represented Dr. King, didn’t you?

Yes, I was asked by the American Civil Liberties Union to represent King, and I did. When the city got an injunction [to prevent him from holding a second march through downtown Memphis], I went to court and got the injunction dissolved so that he could have the march the next day. By the time I got home, the telephone was ringing with the news that he’d been killed. And was the strike ultimately settled according to the terms of the letter you had taken to Mayor Loeb earlier?

The earlier offer was less than the ultimate settlement, because our agreement didn’t have any pay increase in it at all. And the final agreement included a slight increase in pay, which, as you know, Abe Plough*** picked up. The MCCR gave way after 1968 to the official Memphis/Shelby County Human Relations Commission, and since then you have become less and less involved with civil-rights activities. Why?

If we may, let’s turn to your profession. Looking back, which have been your most satisfying cases?

Well, the best known, but not by any means the most difficult cases, were representing Martin Luther King the day he was killed, and representing Fred Smith when he was indicted in Arkansas some years ago. It was alleged in the indictment that he had borrowed money from a national bank over there by presenting them with a buy-back letter on some pledged stock that he had no authority to sign. He was tried over there and properly acquitted. This was a very important case because it was just when Federal Express was getting started, and if Fred Smith had gone down then, there would be no Federal Express. Have you ever argued a case before the United States Supreme Court?

The thing that I was interested in was to see that blacks had equal access to all public facilities, and that they were fully protected in their legal rights. That point has been passed for a decade. The black struggle, as far as that goes, is a thing of the past.

I’ve only been before the Supreme Court of the United States on three occasions, and I didn’t regard it as anything very unusual. Where you get your lift out of trying lawsuits is if you’ve got a hard personal injury case you try, and it comes in with a really good, big verdict, or if you’re defending one. The results of jury trials, either civil or criminal — that’s where the lift comes, at least for me.

What is your opinion of affirmative action as a civil-rights tool?

Whom do you prefer to represent — the plaintiff or the defendant?

I think affirmative action is racist, and I’ll have to give you a long answer as to why. If you say that because blacks are 50 percent of the community they should have 50 percent of the jobs, either in the private sector or the public sector, immediately that is racist, because you say they have that right just because of their race. Suppose one of my law partners calls me up and says, “Look, I’ve got two girls down here. One is white and one is black, and they both want jobs as law clerks, and the black girl is slightly better qualified.” And I say, “Let’s don’t hire a lot of blacks up here and make a lot of friction. Let’s hire the white girl.” Now, obviously, I have discriminated against that black girl because of her race. That is wrong. It is depriving her of her constitutional rights. But turn it around. Suppose my partner says, “I’ve got two girls down here, one is black and one is white, and the white girl is slightly better qualified.” And I talk to them both and say, “Well, we need some black

The plaintiff in civil cases and the defendant in criminal cases.

***Well-known for his philanthropy, Abe Plough (1892-1984) was the founder and chairman of Schering-Plough Pharmaceutical Company.

Did you ever consider any profession other than law?

No. I came of a medical family — my father was dean of Vanderbilt Medical School and my brother was a very fine, very successful surgeon — but I was no good at chemistry or math, so there was no chance that I was going to become a doctor. So the law was the other alternative, but until I was in law school I was a very poor student. That’s very difficult to believe.

Well, believe me, it’s so. If anybody asks me what I majored in in undergraduate school I say mathematics, because it took me the whole four years to get out of freshman math. ***In 1978, in Regents of the University of California vs. Bakke, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that affirmative action was constitutional, but racial quotas were not. Ralph Bakke, a white man, had been denied admission because the university had reserved a certain number of openings for African-American applicants.

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At what point, then, did you develop your academic curiosity?

I had a good experience. I lived on a farm out from Nashville, and I became friends in my freshman year with a fellow named Albert Erskine from Memphis, who was a fine English student. And I went with him one afternoon to meet a friend of his who was coming in from somewhere to teach at Vanderbilt. His name was Robert Penn Warren, known as “Red” Warren then. And he had no place to go. There was a house on my father’s farm that was unoccupied, and so he and his wife came out there to stay for a couple of years. Thus I was thrown into the society of Warren, and Andrew Lytle, who is one of the greatest conversationalists who ever lived, and Donald Davidson — you know, the people who were in the [Southern] Agrarian group. And they had quite an effect on me, and on my thinking, which has persisted to the present. And that is why I got interested in the printed page, and I carried that into law school, and I became a very good student. Tell us about Ernest Hemingway. How did you meet him, and what was he like?

When I was 17 my mother sold the hay crop and got $700 for it, and she decided that was a good opportunity to send me to Europe with an aunt of mine who lived in England. So I went over there and we spent the summer — she and two boys about my age — down at a little place in the Pyrenees. It was an idyllic situation, but I hated every minute of it. I was 17 and just discovering girls and beginning to move about a bit, and there was nothing to do. I heard that there was a place called Pamplona that wasn’t very far away, and they had a lot going on over there, so I got on the train and went to Pamplona. I spoke very little French at the time, and no Spanish, and when I got there they told me there was an American living there who turned out to be Ernest Hemingway. He was about 30 or 32 at the time. I’d never heard of him — never read anything that he’d written — but he was very, very kind to me. The next time I ran into him was in the late Forties and early Fifties, in Cuba. Of course, he was a very famous man by that time, and a great live pigeon shot, and I saw something of him then. One of the worst afternoons I ever spent was at a club in Cuba where they shoot live pigeons, which was a pretty expensive sport even then, because you had to pay for the pigeons and then pay for shooting them. There was a cotton man from Memphis who was a friend of mine, and we went down there to meet Hemingway. Well, my friend was drinking and Hemingway was drinking, and they got up a pretty good bet on shooting those live pigeons. And this cotton man, he just absolutely wiped up the turf with Hemingway. It was no contest. And Hemingway became the most unpleasant, surly, disagreeable person I believe I ever saw. He was, of course, a

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ince 2004, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign has sought to educate women on the importance of knowing their risk factors for heart disease, which claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined. “One in three women will die each year from a cardiovascular event,” says Monica Wharton, senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel for Regional One Health, and the chair of the 2016 Go Red for Women campaign in Memphis. “We have to ensure women are educated on the lifestyle changes they can make to help put an end to heart disease.” Wharton’s desire to get involved with the American Heart Association came after a family member passed away suddenly from heart disease. “He was only 47 years old and had been married for less than a year,” she says. “I was asked to chair just a few weeks after he passed, and given the impact of his death on my family and my understanding of the impact of heart disease in our community, I knew I had to get involved.” For the past year, Wharton and her leadership team – which includes executives from Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Southeastern Asset Management, Baptist Memorial Health Care, First Tennessee, and MLGW, among others – have been fundraising and planning for the 2016 Go Red for Women Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at the Great Hall & Conference Center in Germantown.

“The luncheon is our opportunity to educate executives and women in the community on the risks associated with heart disease, and to share the mission of the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women campaign,” Wharton says. The luncheon kicks off with an hour-long health and wellness expo, which includes sponsor booths providing health messaging, screenings, and CPR training. Go Red for Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s, and since the campaign launched in 2004, the company has contributed more than $55 million to support the movement. Go Red is locally sponsored by Regional One Health, Cigna, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Caesar’s Entertainment, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Ring Container Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Advanced Dermatology, and Visha Skincare, among others. Media sponsors include Local 24 Cares, Entercom, La M A Y 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 83

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Prensa Latina, Contemporary Media Inc., and Lamar Outdoor. Dr. Purvisha Patel, owner of Advanced Dermatology and founder of Visha Skincare, has been a sponsor of the event for two years. “As a dermatologist,” explains Patel, “I am dedicated to helping people stay healthy and feel great about themselves, which ties in perfectly with Go Red for Women’s focus on teaching women to understand their bodies and helping to educate them on better ways to take care of themselves. Having a husband who is a cardiologist, I see firsthand how important it is to raise awareness for women and heart disease.” Education is a key component to the luncheon program, which also includes testimony from a local survivor and culminates with a survivor fashion show coordinated by Judy Strong, My Stylist at the Macy’s Oak Court location. “I have had the honor of fitting the survivors for the past several years,” Strong says. “To see the diversity of heart disease in the survivors is eye-opening. It’s not just a man’s disease; it impacts all of us.” Fashion show model April Armstrong was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy – a hereditary disease of the heart muscle that can lead to heart failure – in 2006 at age 26. The mother of four first participated in the fashion show in 2015. “The fashion show is an opportunity for me to share my story with others,” she says. “It really drives home the fact that heart survivors are such a diverse group. We come in all ages, shapes, and sizes.” For Wharton, the event also allows her to champion a movement empowering women. “There is a saying that ‘women bring movement, and movement brings change,’” she says. “I am hopeful that through women coming together to learn more about their leading killer, we can bring change for the better to this issue.”

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above: The Circle of Red and Men Go Red for Women are passionate, giving societies committed to educating women about the prevention of heart disease. The American Heart Association regularly hosts networking events for members, including a reception at Erling Jensen’s on Thursday, March 31. Attendees: (back row, left to right) Dr. Brooke Dishmon, Dr. Dan Dishmon, Holly Ford, Robert Burns, and Andre Wharton. (front row, left to right) Rebecca Uguweke, Sharon Goldstein, Dr. Steven Gubin, Debbie Eddlestone, and Monica Wharton.

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he American Heart Association is working to improve the health of local communities by building a culture of health guided by the organization’s impact goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, all by the year 2020. If the organization achieves this goal, nearly 3,000 Tennessee lives will be saved each year. The Memphis chapter of the American Heart Association is working hard to make that goal a reality.

Improving the health of the community Last year, the American Heart Association received funding from the Centers for Disease Control to build and strengthen health promotion efforts at the community level, and Memphis was one of 15 markets the organization chose to receive funding. “Poverty and limited access to healthy foods often lead to obesity and other health concerns,” says Twanda Wadlington, regional campaign manager for the grant. “In Memphis, we wanted to focus on raising community awareness of where they can access fresh fruits and vegetables and how they can utilize their SNAP benefits to purchase those items.” Wadlington worked with representatives from the Food Advisory Council, Shelby County Department of Health, Grow Memphis, YMCA of Memphis, and the Common Table Health Alliance to fund the Bluff City Farmers Market Directory. The directory provides information on local farmers markets, including their seasonal hours, products they offer, and benefits they accept. “We are also working on finalizing a Local Food Guide,” says Wadlington. “This will provide people with information on what food is available in their area, whether it is a corner store, farmers market, or community garden.”

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ou’ve most likely heard about — or maybe even tried for yourself — acupuncture therapy. This form of traditional Chinese medicine, which involves inserting small needles along specific points on the body, has been used to treat a variety of conditions in humans, including musculoskeletal issues (arthritis, back or knee pain, shoulder stiffness), gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, seizures, insomnia, and more. Some acupuncture patients have also reported lower stress levels and better moods. Could this age-old treatment help our ailing pets, too? Advocates say the proof is in the pudding. Dog-owner Dale Caen is an avid proponent of acupuncture, not only for herself (she’s been getting acupuncture for 10 years for autoimmune disease) but also for her pets. A few years ago, when Caen’s two elderly labradors’ health issues worsened, her veterinarian, Dr. Trudy Dunlap, suggested acupuncture. The older lab, Sugar, suffered from arthritis. “She would have moments of paralyzation where she couldn’t move at all,” Caen says, “and she was on

all sorts of medication.” The other pup, Casey, had kidney disease. Sugar had difficulty with her movements and getting up on things was a near impossibility, but Caen says she could tell a big difference after acupuncture. “She’d be trotting around and running around outside. It was wild to see.” Casey showed tremendous improvements as well. “I’m a big believer that you can really tell a dog’s health by its exterior — if their

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coat looks good, if their eyes are shiny. They both looked healthier. They both had more energy. It was like a second lease on life for them,” Caen says. Dunlap has practiced veterinary medicine for 16 years. Today, she treats animals at the Downtown Animal Hospital and has found that, for some animals and for certain ailments, acupuncture works well in conjunction with standard Western medicine (the types of treatments a patient receives from a regularly trained veterinarian). She treats animals with acupuncture at the clinic, but for those with more severe health problems that limit mobility, she does house calls.

Society in 2011. Today, most of her focus as a veterinarian is in the realm of Western medicine, but she incorporates acupuncture when she finds that it may provide additional benefits for a patient. Dunlap has treated dogs, horses, and cats with acupuncture. In fact, when we talked for this story, she had just left a house-call for a cat named Misty. “This is an 18-year-old cat who has terrible arthritis that has been bothering her, and that was diagnosed with x-ray. It’s important when you see these animals to make sure that they have been diagnosed correctly, so that means doing the diagnostic procedures that a regular veterinarian would

GETTING TO THE POINT How does acupuncture work? “The first thing everybody asks is, ‘Is it painful?’” says Dunlap. Most animals typically don’t react to the insertion of the needles, but if the practitioner is needling a spot that’s particularly painful or if the animal has muscle soreness in a certain place, they might feel a little bit of pain in that area. “Generally, they accept it without any problems,” she says. Caen says when Sugar and Casey got acupuncture, it had a calming effect on them. “They would nap, and they would drool,” she says. “They were so quiet — they’d end up kind of crawling into Trudy’s lap. They knew when she was coming that that’s what she was coming for, and they seemed to enjoy it.” Dunlap describes the three main forms of acupuncture. First, there’s dry needling, in which the acupuncture treatment is done with “dry needles” alone. The practitioner

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above: Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of ailments in both humans and animals. For pets, this age-old form of traditional Chinese medicine is most commonly performed to alleviate arthritis pain but has also proven beneficial for patients with cancer, kidney disease, and other conditions.

After watching her own 13-year-old yellow lab, Alley, suffer with severe arthritis and after having reached “the end of everything that I could offer her” to alleviate her pain, Dunlap started researching alternative methods of treatment. “Especially for the old guys that want to keep on going and doing, and they want to greet you, but they can’t anymore,” she says. “Those are the ones that are most heart-breaking — for my clients, and for me to watch. We get to a point where we can’t do anything else with them; we’ve used all the tools in our toolbox.” In an effort to add to her toolbox, Dunlap took an intensive educational course through the International Veterinary Acupuncture

do — x-rays, blood work. It’s good to know what you’re dealing with when you’re trying to treat with acupuncture,” Dunlap says. “Today, when I finished with Misty, she walked across the room, got up on her hind legs, put her paws on the window sill, and looked out the window. I looked at her owners and said, ‘Has she ever done that before?’ They said, ‘No, she can’t do it anymore, so it’s crazy that she just did that.’ But right in front of me, she went to the window sill and stood up on her back legs,” Dunlap says. Though Dunlap and her clients have seen great results for animals with arthritis, acupuncture has proven helpful for other problems. “Most people get referrals for some sort of lameness or neurological problem, like a dog that has intervertebral disc disease — a slipped disc in their back — and they’re not walking at all or not walking well,” Dunlap says. But it can also be used for internal medicine problems, including kidney failure and cancer.

gently places sterilized needles in particular points along the body called meridians. “The meridians have been mapped out, and we’ve extrapolated what they did in humans into animals,” Dunlap says. “After you study acupuncture, you are able to identify where the points are that you want to use based on what’s wrong with the animal.” Once the needles are placed, the animal sits with them in for about 20 minutes. “How many needles do you use?” asks Dunlap. “It depends on the animal, and it depends on the practitioner. In school, I saw practitioners who were able to use one or two needles to get the effects they wanted. Some practitioners use many more.” Another form is aquapuncture, where instead of placing dry needles in the skin, the practitioner will inject something into a point on the meridian. “Things you might inject would be maybe saline or B-12,” Dunlap says. “This can stimulate that point a little bit longer than if you used just a dry needle.” Some choose electro-acupuncture, during which the needles are inserted and hooked up to a small pulsing electric charge. “That stimulates the needles and gives you a little longer stimulus, and the treatment is a little bit deeper that way,” says Dunlap. With any acupuncture treatment, the nee-

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dles are generally placed along the meridian. “The meridian is just an imaginary line that goes down the animal’s body,” Dunlap says. “It has been determined that if you put needles in these particular spots, you expect particular results.” Scientists and practitioners have tried to gain a better understanding of why placing a needle in a certain spot gets a response. “Basically what you’re doing is microtrauma. A tiny bit of trauma happens when you put that needle in the skin, and when you traumatize the skin or any part of the body, the body reacts with a little bit of inflammation; that inflammation calls blood, oxygen, and chemical mediators to the area,” Dunlap explains. “The thought is that if you’re putting these needles in where we suspect there are bundles of nerves and blood vessels intertwined together at that particular point, and you do that microtrauma there, you’re actually signaling the body to send blood, oxygen, and chemical mediators that are needed for healing and reduction of pain. That’s the effect you’re trying to get: to help the body choose to heal itself. And this works locally, segmentally, and centrally on the body.”

SEEING RESULTS Dunlap recalls treating a dog who had cancer in her spleen (hemangiosarcoma). With this type of cancer, the prognosis is poor, even after having the tumor surgically removed. Dogs with this diagnosis are typically expected to live only about three months after surgery. “She lived a year after that cancer diagnosis,” says Dunlap. “She didn’t die from cancer; she was elderly. But that dog shouldn’t have lived that long with that diagnosis, and that diagnosis was confirmed by the pathologist.” She also treated a colleague’s beagle who suffered severe renal failure. “I had never seen numbers like this in labwork,” she says. Along with regular veterinary treatments for this condition, Dunlap did acupuncture on her once a week for a year. “Her numbers really never changed, but she did. She did great. That dog went on like the Energizer bunny,” she says. “And every time we’d look at her lab work, we just would laugh and say, ‘Don’t show it to the dog; don’t let her see her own lab work.’ You wouldn’t believe she was up and still going with numbers like that.” Dunlap emphasizes that acupuncture should not take the place of standard veterinary treatment for any ailment. “I don’t ever choose just one over the other,” she says. “I try to incorporate them together.” Your pet will need to have a full physical exam and proper diagnostics before seeking acupuncture as an additional or alternative treatment.


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And often, results may not be seen until a few treatments have been done. Dunlap adds that if you’re going to try acupuncture, you need to be committed to it. “The first treatment is usually a fact-finding treatment. I’m going to read your chart and talk to your referring veterinarian. I’m going to do a full physical exam and review

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all the diagnostics that have already been done before doing the treatment,” she says. “Sometimes you have to go back and tweak what you’re doing after you figure out what works and what doesn’t. I usually tell people to expect results, if they’re going to have them, after the second to third treatment and to stay in it until after we’ve done three or four treatments.” Acupuncture sessions are typically done once a week for the first month. After that, Dunlap sits down with patients to talk about any differences the clients have seen, whether the treatments are helping or not. “Then we get on a schedule. Some animals come back once a month, some come back once a year.

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were brother and sister. In the late 1940s, John was a warehouse supervisor at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass company here. George was a construction worker. The city directories didn’t specify if the two wives held jobs outside the home. by vance lauderdale For years, the Hannahs and Peelers lived just three doors apart on Lewis Street in North Memphis. For reaDEAR VANCE: Have you DEAR G.T.: As it so happens, I’m doing that right now, so sons that I can’t explain — presumably to save money I hope you’re happy. — all four moved into the same house at 258 Lewis. At ever written about In most books about Elvis and Sun and Sam Phillips some point, someone must have decided, “Good grief, the old Ritz Coffee now that we’re all living together, why don’t we start Shop, just down the and all the musicians who flocked to the tiny studio street from Sun Studio? at 708 Union, the one eatery that usually gets men- a business together?” Now I wasn’t there at the time, – g.t., memphis. tioned is Taylor’s Restaurant, right next door to Phillips’ so those might not have been their exact words, but in 1949 they opened a restaurant at 710 Union. According Memphis Recording Service. But just a few doors to to old city directories, it was the two women — Elizathe west, the Ritz Coffee Shop also attracted a rather stellar clientele over the years, so it certainly deserves beth and Annie — who were originally involved in the a mention of its own. place, which they named I’ve recently been in the Ritz Café. The two contact with Beverly and husbands apparently deBurton Alderson, and it cided to take part in the was his aunt and uncle, venture a bit later. Elizabeth and George The café joined other Peeler, who co-owned “ritzy” establishments the coffee shop, along around town: The Ritz with Elizabeth’s brothApartments on McLean, right: Elizabeth Peeler greets er John Hannah and his Ritz Barber Shop on an unidentifed customer wife, Annie. Union, Ritz Beauty Shop outside the Ritz Coffee Shop. Okay, all this can get on Cleveland, Ritz Grille below: Co-owner John confusing, so try to folon Jackson, and Ritz low along. John Hannah Theatre on Poplar. Now Hannah smiles for the camera and Elizabeth Peeler you might think it was inside the coffee shop. quite savvy of them to start a restaurant down the street from busy Sun Studio, but you’d have it wrong. The Ritz came f irst, opening when Sam Phillips was still At some point, described in the phone books as a “radio man” for someone must have the Hotel Peabody. decided, “Good grief, But let’s jump ahead a now that we’re all few years. By 1953, Memphis Recording Service living together, why was in full swing, and the don’t we start a restaurant, now called the Ritz Coffee Shop, had business together?” moved into a new building down the street, at 672 Marshall. (Dell Taylor moved her own restaurant into the vacant space at 710 Union.) I’m not sure why the Peelers and Hannahs moved their little eatery, or why they decided to change the name from café to coffee shop. As Beverly Alderson tells me, “That’s a misnomer because it was a pure restaurant. They served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They opened early in the morning and closed early in the evening. It was well-known for its hand-made dumplings. It was a very happy family atmosphere.” According to Alderson, Sam Phillips and Elvis and


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many other big names dined at the Ritz on a regular basis. “You name the recording artists — all of them — and they came to the Ritz.” But it wasn’t just a hangout for people in the recording industry. “The place was also frequented by Memphis city government people too,” she says. The photos here, taken by a family friend named Clifton Bomar (I just wanted to give him the proper credit, you see) shows the Ritz as it looked in the mid-1950s. That’s John Hannah, smiling at the photographer inside the curiously empty restaurant. The smaller snapshot shows Elizabeth Peeler chatting outside the front door with an unidentified customer. It’s probably hard to see, but the café window had a colorful, hand-painted sign, complete with a steaming cup of coffee. Judging by the pictures, it was by no means a fancy establishment. Customers could perch on a row of stools at a rather plain wooden counter, or relax at a dozen little tables across the room. Except for a mirror behind the counter, and a clock over the restroom door, there’s not a single work of art in the place. It didn’t matter. Nobody came there for the fancy atmosphere; they came for good food — and those hand-made dumplings. George Peeler died in 1952, and Elizabeth and the Hannahs kept the business open. In its last years it was called the Ritz Food Shop, which sounds to me more like a place where you would buy food than eat it. The place closed sometime in the early 1970s, and the owners retired from the restaurant business. John Hannah died in 1980 at age 73. Annie died in 1989 at age 79. Elizabeth Peeler passed away in 1985 at age 81. In later years, the place housed Dixie Vending and Supply and later Mid-South Paint Company. The last time I visited, it was the headquarters for the F.U.N.N. Youth Center. As Beverly Alderson told me, “It was a place of Memphis history which is gone with the wind.” I write about a lot of those places here.

aerial photograph of Laurelwood Shopping Center, taken in November 1962. Look closely and you can see the little Putt-Putt golf course just southeast of what was then Goldsmith’s department store. It was located at 555 South Perkins Extended, just north of the Southern Railroad tracks. Several years ago, I talked with Aubrey Smith, who at one time owned and operated all the PuttPutt establishments in town, including the large (and much more elaborate) complex out on Summer. He confirmed that the first Putt-Putt in Memphis opened in 1960 on South Perkins Extended (shown below) and was originally owned by a fellow from North Carolina named R.D. Buie. Smith purchased the property in 1963 and, since somebody else wanted that land (an International House of Pancakes stood there at one time), he moved everything across the street, to 560 South Perkins Extended, where Chili’s stands today. Smith’s “new” Putt-Putt opened in 1964 and stayed in business there until it closed in 1971. 

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below: It wasn’t the first miniature golf course in Memphis, but the 18-hole Putt-Putt near Goldsmith’s was one of the most popular.

Putt-Putt on Perkins

DEAR VANCE: Perhaps you can settle a discussion about the location of the miniature golf course that was close to Perkins and Poplar in the early 1960s. I say it was on Perkins (near present-day Kroger), but I have friends who insist it was on Perkins Extended (a block west, putting it closer to present-day Macy’s). Who is right? – b.d., memphis.

Well, at least everyone seems to remember that it was on Perkins, but as you pointed out, there were (and still are) two Perkins that cross Poplar, and when you drive around the rather congested area today, it’s hard to imagine where a golf course — even a miniature one — could possibly have been located on either one of them. But I have visual proof, in the form of an DEAR B.D.:

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Dreamland Sonja Livingston deftly weaves fact and fiction for her latest collection of essays.

by richard j. alley


’m somebody who’s more timid than I want to be,” says Sonja Livingston, associate professor in the M.F.A. program at the University of Memphis. That’s the beauty of literature: The ability to lose yourself in a book and live many lives, to experience adventures that take the reader around the globe, to outer space, and into situations impractical in the day-to-day of our real world. And for writers, it’s the thrill of creating these worlds, of embellishing our domestic escapades into something larger than life.

Sonja Livingston

Livingston, though, is a memoirist and, as such, trades in truth and facts. But there’s always wiggle room, isn’t there? And in the genre of literary nonfiction, a vivid imagination is as essential as a library full of reference books. Her latest book, Ladies Night at the Dreamland (The University of Georgia Press), is “a group of essays inspired by women I never knew but wanted to know,” she says. The essays blur the line of fiction and reality, and in doing so, Livingston is able to explore the courageous and stare fear in the face. “I noticed that the women I was mostly interested in tended to be those who lived outside of the lines,” she says. “I’m interested in all lives, I’m curious about humans; but women especially, I think, have been quiet about their stories. So as I learned about these various lives, I found myself thinking about each of the characters and wanted to know a little bit more and wanted to know what I could learn, maybe, about myself through them.” “The Opposite of Fear” is the story of Maria Spelterini, a young woman who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope in 1876. At the time, such an activity was all the rage: In 1859, The Great Blondin crossed; and a year later Signor Farini followed. A series of copycats would walk their way through the mist until “the regularity of their stunts and their relatively easy success caused crowds to weary of the tightrope walkers,” Livingston writes. “But a woman. Well, a woman in a short skirt defying death was a different matter altogether.” Farini shows up again in the essay “Human Curiosity,” the “father” and exploiter of Krao, a 7-year-old girl presumably “rescued from the monkey-people of Burma” or “stolen from the jungles of Siam.” She is put on display as a novelty, a sideshow act in the 1880s, billed as Darwin’s missing link. At her funeral, respects are paid by the Giant from Texas, the Fat Lady, the Leopard-Skin Girl, sword swallowers, and “ladies with tattoos blooming on the trellises of their flesh.” The structures of the essays vary, as do the time periods. Vary greatly, in fact, from the turn of the last century to present day. Livingston’s use of language is sparse like Michael Ondaatje writing about the birth of jazz in Coming Through Slaughter, or his own family’s mythology in Running in the Family. The result is a work of nonfiction that reads like fiction as she tip-toes across the narrow divide separating the two like a Spelterini with a laptop. The stage is set for what she’s about to attempt early in the opening pages: “ . . . the Dreamland belongs to the past, except as it exists in these pages. And even here it’s a passing fancy — its wood floor and bandstand — constructed of memory and imagination to hold the girls and women in this collection.” The stories pass through a brain attuned to facts and dates and the ease with which they can be accessed these days, but the language is poetic and it is this poetry that the brain truly craves. “Straight nonfiction isn’t necessarily literature,” she says. “It’s more about the content than the style, and literary nonfiction is a lot more about the style; content is important but not as much. So literary essays can be poetic, they can be personal, they can be all kinds of things, and I think this particular collection pushes a little bit further than I’ve ever done before in terms of being more literary and blurring that line.”

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Her first encounter with the genre was Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, though she didn’t realize at the time that literary nonfiction was what she was reading. She took her first writing workshop on the creative essay because a friend told her she’d love it — and she did — yet she thought at the time, “What the hell is this?” “That’s really where things cracked wide open for me,” she says. “I discovered lots of other writers and lots of possibilities, people who were writing these poetic, imaginative pieces.” There is research involved, but, she says, it mainly involves reading books and the advantage for a literary nonfiction author is that those books are already written. She does travel to locations to see what a character might have seen, might have felt or smelled, saying, “I think sometimes I do things like that because it’s a way of knowing a place better.” For “Mad Love: The Ballad of Fred and Allie,” Livingston drove out to Bolivar to lay eyes on the asylum where Alice Mitchell spent the rest of her life for the murder of her lover, Freda Ward, on the cobblestones beneath the Memphis Customs House in 1892. Both of those women are interred at Elmwood Cemetery, and Livingston has spent time there as well, walking among the markers and statuary, a resting place for, not only the dead, but other stories that might grab her fancy. college, earning an M.S.Ed. from SUNY Brockport “I suppose I selected these women because they were and an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans. It also unusual and, in their own way, really sort of bold,” was later that full-time writing became a part of her she says. “Even Alice Mitchell, it was a horrible crime, life. “Right before I turned 30, I started taking writing but that was a wild thing to do, to kill somebody in workshops and really loving it, and also finding out that broad daylight. Not living the typical life is very ap- the essay could be creative, that the essay didn’t have to be the form that we learned in high school with the pealing to me.” In many cases there is so little known about a subject introductory paragraph and all of that,” she says. “It that what we come away with is more of a sense of the could be that, but there was this other element and I person than any hard facts. But that’s okay, it’s like the could use some of the elements of poetry.” memory of a childhood best friend with only the most While working as a school counselor in Rochester, fun, exciting, and nostalgic bits at the Livingston received a call saying there “ . . . the Dreamland forefront. Imagination is the greatest was an opening for a visiting professortool at her disposal as in the essay “Dare” ship at the University of Memphis. Her belongs to the past, about Virginia Dare, the first English first book, the memoir Ghostbread, had just except as it exists in baby to be born in America. That child, been published and she was being asked along with the entire lost colony of Roato do readings and make public appearthese pages.” noke, is a mystery today. So what can truances to promote it. “It was becoming too ly be known? “I don’t know anything about her except much and I was going to have to decide, and so that that nobody knows anything about her,” Livingston opening just came at the right time.” says, “so I really play with imagination a lot there.” That was six years ago, and ever since first coming Livingston grew up in the Buffalo and Rochester to Memphis she’s come to think of it as home. “I love area of Western New York. She is one of seven children Memphis — the music, the history, even the grittiness,” raised by a single mother in a situation she refers to as she says. “Every place has history, but I find this histo“sketchy,” living a nomadic life without much money or ry especially rich and important to the whole nation. many resources. She began collecting the memories What’s happened here matters a whole lot.” of her childhood, one that she says was fun, but not at In “The Opposite of Fear,” Livingston lists the amulets all stable. From that, though, bloomed her curiosity. “I and baubles she collects to aid her in the fight against think the way that it influenced my selection is I am her timidity, to bolster her courage in everyday life. “I’ve interested in hidden lives,” she says. “We don’t tend tried to cultivate many charms,” she writes, “how fine to think of people growing up in the 1970s in New it would be to carry a source of protection, an object to York State as living that way, as living on an Indian embolden me.” They include worry dolls from Guatamereservation or having an outhouse, so I was always la, a pewter Virgin Mary, and a South African coin. To that list could be added this collection of essays where interested in showing in my writing the lives that are little understood.” we all can glean the courage it takes for the young womShe read a lot growing up — “Nancy Drew and what- en chronicled to make it through lives that are, many ever letters of the encyclopedia we could afford” — and, times, less than ideal, or to help us realize dreams that might, in our daily routines, seem just out of reach.  though a good student, she didn’t hit her stride until M A Y 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 101

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Oh Me, Oh My. It’s More than Pie. At Rock ’n Dough, Jeremy Denno adds burgers, brunch, and craft cocktails to his stellar pizza lineup.


Jeremy Denno

by pamela denney | photography by justin fox burks


n a gorgeous Sunday morning in April, I eat my first poached duck egg, a suitable celebration, I think, to the earthy exuberance of spring. Airy and plump like a favorite bedside pillow, the egg billows off the plate until I slice through its center, when yoke the color of gold slips over spinach, mushrooms, goat cheese, and a flakey biscuit cut in half. Awestruck, I watch the yoke’s journey to a luscious pool of Hollandaise sauce, and when I finally take a bite, the taste is so magical that I almost expect Mother Nature to swim across the plate. My brunch buddies are equally en- estly, he’s never heard of such a thing. amored with the flavor and heft of the “It’s Southern, you’ll love it,” I say, and he entrees they order. “The best in the does, learning quickly that every forkful city!” my husband says more than once needs a taste of Belgium waffle, Panabout the shrimp and grits, a fragrant ko-fried chicken, whipped butter, and dish reminiscent of bourbon maple syrup made its Louisiana cousfresh at the restaurant on ins. Built with Cajun Saturday mornings. seasonings, bell pepFor kicks, we order a pers, wine reduction, Bloody Beer, a tall glass of and heavy cream, the Lucid Kolsch from local brewery Memphis Made sauce settles effortmixed with spicy tomato lessly on a deep bed of stoneground cheese juice. The drink is an odd grits. combination for me, but My brother-in-law, the craft beer lovers at the who lives in Finland, table like it just fine. “It tries chicken and would be good with that Spinning Goat Benedict waffle, because, honbreakfast pizza,” I say re-

ROCK ’N DOUGH PIZZA 3445 Poplar Ave. in Memphis (901) 512-6760 7859 Poplar Ave. in Germantown (901) 779-2008 STARS: e


FOOD: Hand-tossed pizzas lead a made-from-

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Exceptional Very good Satisfactory Skip it!

scratch menu that includes beef and turkey burgers, build-your-own calzones, and New England-inspired grinders. DRINKS: Full bar service includes beer on tap from the city’s four breweries, Charles Smith Wines (the peoples’ vintner from Seattle) by the glass, and specialty cocktails like the Rock ’n Dough mojito. ATMOSPHERE: A puzzle of repurposed wood paneling and artwork of Memphis music icons by Kingfish Metalworks add an updated vibe to lively pizza restaurants with big screens for watching sports. EXTRAS: Food truck parks every week at the Downtown Farmers Market and the Germantown Farmers Market. At the restaurants, daily specials offer deals like $6 Taco Tuesday. WHAT’S NEXT: Look for house-made craft sodas, grinders also served as wraps, and a trio of wings (signature, Cajun, and barbecue). PRICES: Appetizers and salads: $5-$9; Pizza in three sizes: $16 to $32; Grinders, calzones, and pizza bowls: $6 to $9; Burgers: $9-$10; Desserts: $4-$6. OPEN: Monday through Thursday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Craft cocktails: tall and slushy ferring to the pie topped with egg, sausage, bacon, and ham on a nearby table, and the comment reminds me what I almost forgot: We are eating Sunday brunch — a really good brunch — at a pizza place called Rock ’n Dough. From the start, Jeremy Denno intended to diversify his pizza restaurant menus. “On Fridays growing up, we got a big pizza for the family and split it, we got a roast beef grinder, and we split it, and we got wings, and we split those, too,” Denno says. “I’ve always remembered that Friday wasn’t just pizza night. It was amazing food night.”


A native of western Massachusetts, Denthree restaurants, but menus are the same, no grew up working in pizza joints, a rite of grounded by a hybrid style of pizza that repassage for local teenagers. Six years ago, he flects Denno’s northeast roots. More specifically, dough is retarded, or made with cake followed his heart to Memphis for his wife Amanda Denno, a scientific editor at Le yeast and refrigerated overnight, for pizza Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and joined the that is part New York (oversized slices that team at Trolley Stop Market, where he introfold easily to accommodate toppings) and duced pizza by the slice with part Chicago (deeper edge farm-fresh toppings. In 2012, and softer crust). The pizza’s marinara sauce, a mix of seaDenno put together a food truck with a wood-burning sonings, oil, Parmesan and crushed tomatoes, ref lects pizza oven, a venture so popsimilar care, resting for 24 ular that he opened his first restaurant in East Memphis a hours so flavors can mingle. year or so later. A pizzeria and Scratch-made dishes and brewery in Jackson, Tennesattention to detail, typically see, now managed by Trevor saved for more chef-driven Jones, came next, along with restaurants, bounce across investors including operatthe menu. Chicken thighs and ing partner Jerry Corley who pork butts smoked in-house helped facilitate the opening elevate Smoker’s Pie into a Huevos Rockcheros of two new restaurants — memorable combination of one at Poplar and Highland barbecue, cilantro, red onScratch-made dishes to replace the Ridgeway locaion, and fresh ricotta cheese. and attention to detail, tion and one in Germantown, Salad dressings also stand which opened in mid-April. typically saved for more out, especially dill ranch for Along with Amanda, other dipping thick, hand-cut fries family members also play key chef-driven restaurants, loaded with crumbled bacon, roles in Rock ’n Dough’s succheddar, and mozzarella. bounce across cess. Denno’s dad, Todd DenHouse-made simple syrthe menu. no, helps with the restaurants’ ups (honey oregano! Orange build-outs. His brother, Nathan Denno, is the green chili!) steer Rock ’n Dough’s recently kitchen manager in Jackson. And his mother, introduced craft cocktails, a surprise accompaniment for pizza. Yes, the bar serves local Kathleen Margaret, is a Rock ’n Dough nocraft beers on tap, but adventurous drinkers mad, moving from the Memphis food truck should try one of six slushy cocktails, served to the Jackson restaurant and back again to the new Germantown location. in tall drink glasses to accommodate the Today, distinct footprints characterize the restaurant’s crushed ice.


CHICKEN AND WAFFLE: Rock ’n Dough’s chicken and waffle skips chicken on the bone for a fileted breast fried with seasoned Panko. A Belgium waffle, maple syrup made with Jim Beam, and a pretty pineapple garnish sweeten up the dish’s savory side.

FARMERS MARKET SLICE: On Saturdays, Jeremy Denno gathers products from market vendors to make pizzas in his food truck’s woodburning oven, so toppings change from week to week. My favorite? Mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and carnitas from Pigasus meats.

THE HIGHLAND BURGER: Locally sourced from Donnell Farm, hand-patted, and served with bacon and cheese on a house-made baguette, the Highland Burger hardly needs its garlic basil mayo. But go ahead. Slather on the condiment for a signature standout. M A Y 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 103

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Park and Cherry by pamela denney




pictured above: 1 A renovation at the Dixon pairs the new cafe Park and Cherry with gift shop 20twelve. 2 Outdoor seating is plentiful in the Dixon’s formal garden. 3 Try quinoa salad made with arugula, cranberries, and pickled pears. 4 Along with lunch, the cafe also serves an assortment of espresso drinks and house-made pastries.

unchtime at Park and Cherry, the new café at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, presents me with only one dilemma: Where should I sit and eat? Do I head for the Mallory/Wurtzburger Gallery to munch and learn, settle in the courtyard at a glass-top table that ref lects the summer sun, or wander into the cutting garden to eat under a trellis canopy of vining clematis? Happily, any decision I make is a good one when paired with the café’s soups, salads, sandwiches, and pastries, all house-made. Operated by Wally Joe and Andrew Adams, the team at nearby Acre, the café showcases the chefs’ expertise in a scaled-back menu suitable for its museum setting. Try quinoa salad with arugula, cranberries, and pickled pears, or a pan bagnat — tuna salad, tomato, hericot verts, sliced hard-boiled egg, and a lovely tapenade. (Think nicoise salad on a fresh baquette.) Or, chase away a chilly morning with pureed lentil soup, smoky and satisfying from cumin and bacon. A more filling option, the cafe’s beef brisket Reuben served on marbled rye, is smoked in Acre’s Big Green Egg and layered with Swiss and sauerkraut. The scrumptious end pieces of short rib leftover from Acre’s more elaborate entrees also turn up at the café, reinvented as a short rib Panini layered with cheddar cheese. “We will switch things up as we go and find our groove,” Joe explains. “We want to keep the food simple to fit the space, whether it’s lunch or something to snack on for an afternoon break.” Lunch service at Park and Cherry runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but espresso coffee drinks, grab-and-go sandwiches like truff le pimento cheese, cold bottles of soda such as pomegranate Izze, and triple chocolate brownies easily satisfy the inner voice that begs between meals for a little something. 4339 Park Ave. (901-761-5250) $

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emphis magazine offers this restaurant listing as a service pasta.  The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Extd. 374-0881. B, L, D, WB, X, $-$$ to its readers. The directory is not intended as a recommendation of the estab- BOSCOS —Tennessee’s first craft brewery serves a variety of freshly lishments included, nor does it list every restaurant in town. It does, however, brewed beers as well as wood-fired oven pizzas, pasta, seafood, steaks, include most of the city’s finer restaurants, many specialty restaurants, and a representative and sandwiches. 2120 Madison. 432-2222. L, D, SB (with live jazz), X, MRA, $-$$ sampling of other Bluff City eating establishments. No fast-food facilities or cafeterias BOUNTY ON BROAD—Offering family-style dining, Bounty are listed, nor have we included establishments that rely heavily on take-out business. serves small plates and family-sized platters, with such specialties as grilled pork loin and stuffed quail. Closed Mon. 2 519 Broad. 410-8131. Restaurants are included regardless of whether they advertise in Memphis magazine. (Tues.-Sat.), SB, X, $-$$   The guide is updated regularly, but we recommend that you call ahead to check on hours, DBOZO’S HOT PIT BAR-B-Q—Barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, prices, and other details. Suggestions from readers are welcome; please contact us. and subs. 3 42 Hwy 70, Mason, TN. 901-294-3400. L, D, $-$$ BRAZIL FLAVOR—Offers daily buffet with traditional Brazilian Email dishes. Closed Monday. 8  014 Club Center Dr. 746-9855. L, D, $ BRASS DOOR IRISH PUB—Irish and New-American cuisine BARDOG TAVERN—Classic American grill with Italian influence, ABUELO’S MEXICAN FOOD EMBASSY—Mejores de la includes such entrees as fish and chips burgers, sandwiches, salads, and Bardog offers pasta specialties such as Grandma’s NJ Meatballs, as well as casa — beef and stuffed shrimp — is a specialty here, along with daily specials. 1 52 Madison. 572-1813. L, D, SB, $ salads, sliders, sandwiches, and daily specials.  73 Monroe. 275-8752. tilapia Veracruz, quesadillas, chili rellenos, and chicken BROADWAY PIZZA HOUSE—Serving a variety of B (Mon.-Fri.), L, D, WB, X, $-$$ medallions.   8274 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 672-0769. L, D, X, $-$$ pizzas,including the Broadway Special, as well as sandwiches, salads, BARI RISTORANTE ENOTECA—Authentic Southeastern ABYSSINIA RESTAURANT—Ethiopian/Mediterranean wings, and “soul-food specials.”  2581 Broad. 454-7930; 627 S. Italian cuisine (Puglia) emphasizes lighter entrees. Serves fresh fish menu includes beef, chicken, lamb, fish entrees, and vegetarian Mendenhall. 207-1546. L, D, X, $-$$ and beef dishes and a homemade soup of the day. 22 S. Cooper. dishes; also a lunch buffet. 2 600 Poplar. 321-0082. L, D, X, $-$$ BROOKLYN BRIDGE ITALIAN RESTAURANT— 722-2244. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ ACRE—Features seasonal modern American cuisine in a stylish Specializing in such homemade entrees as spinach lasagna and lobster setting using locally sourced products; also small-plates/bar. Closed BAYOU BAR & GRILL—New Orleans fare at this Overton ravioli; a seafood specialty is horseradish-crusted salmon. Closed Square eatery includes jambalaya, gumbo, catfish Acadian, shrimp for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 690 S. Perkins. 818-2273. L, D, X, Sun. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 755-7413. D, X, MRA, $-$$$ dishes, red beans and rice, and muffalettas; also serves some favorites $$-$$$ from the former Le Chardonnay. 2094 Madison. 278-8626. L, D, BROTHER JUNIPER’S—Breakfast is the focus here, with specialty AGAVE MARIA—Menu items at this Mexican eatery include omelets, including the open-faced San Diegan omelet; also daily WB, X, $-$$ duck tacos, shrimp and scallop enchiladas, and salmon sashimi specials, and homemade breads and pastries. Closed Mon. 3519 tostadas; also family-style chef’s seasonal selections. 83 Union. BEAUTY SHOP—Modern American cuisine with international Walker. 324-0144. B, X, MRA, $ flair served in a former beauty shop. Serves 341-2096. L, D, X, $-$$ DINING SYMBOLS steaks salads, pasta, and seafood, including THE BRUSHMARK—New American ALCHEMY—Southern fusion, locally grown cuisine features small pecan-crusted golden sea bass. Closed for cuisine with a menu that changes seasonally; and large plates; among the offerings is the pan-seared hanger steak dinner Sunday. 966 S. Cooper. 272-7111. B — breakfast offers sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, and with duck-fat-roasted fingerling potatoes; also handcrafted cocktails crepes. Closed Mon. and Tues. Brooks L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ and local craft beers. Closed for dinner Sun.  940 S. Cooper. L — lunch Museum, Overton Park, 1934 Poplar. BEDROCK EATS & SWEETS— 726-4444. D, SB, X, $-$$ D — dinner 544-6225. L, WB, X, $-$$ Memphis’ only Paleo-centric restaurant ALDO’S PIZZA PIES—Serving gourmet pizzas — including Mr. SB — Sunday brunch offering such dishes as pot roast, waffles, BRYANT’S BREAKFAST—Three-egg T Rex — salads, and more. Also 30 beers, bottled or on tap.  100 S. WB — weekend brunch enchiladas, chicken salad, omelets, and omelets, pancakes, and The Sampler Platter Main. 577-7743; 752 S. Cooper. 725-7437. L, D, X, $-$$ more. Closed Sun. 327 S. Main. 409are among the popular entrees here. Closed X — wheelchair accessible AMERIGO—Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine includes 6433. B, L, D, X, $-$$ Tuesday. 3965 Summer. 324-7494. B, L, X, pasta, wood-fired pizza, steaks, and cedarwood-roasted fish. 1239 MRA — member, Memphis $ BELLE-A SOUTHERN BISTRO— Ridgeway, Park Place Mall. 761-4000. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ Restaurant Association Brisket in a bourbon brown sugar glaze, BUCKLEY’S FINE FILET GRILL— ANDREW MICHAEL ITALIAN KITCHEN—Traditional $ — under $15 per person without and chicken with basmati rice are among Specializes in steaks, seafood, and pasta. Italian cuisine with a menu that changes seasonally with such entrees the specialties; also seafood entrees and drinks or desserts (Lunchbox serves entree salads, burgers, and as Maw Maw’s ravioli. Closed Sun.-Mon. 712 W. Brookhaven Cl. 347such vegetables as blackened green more.)  5355 Poplar. 683-4538; 919 S. $$ — under $25 3569. D, X, $$-$$$ tomatoes. Closed for dinner Sun. and all day Yates (Buckley’s Lunchbox), 682-0570. L ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE—Offering several varieties of $$$ — $26-$50 Mon.  117 Union Ave. 433-9851. L, D, (Yates only, M-F), D, X, MRA, $-$$ eggs benedict, waffles, omelets, pancakes, beignets, and other $$$$ — over $50 WB, X, $-$$$ BUNTYN CORNER CAFE—Serving breakfast fare; also burgers,sandwiches, and salads. . 6063 Park Ave. SHADED — new listing BENIHANA—This Japanese steakhouse favorites from Buntyn Restaurant, including 729-7020. B, L, WB, X, $ serves beef, chicken, and seafood grilled at chicken and dressing, cobbler, and yeast THE ARCADE—Possibly Memphis’ oldest cafe. Specialties include the table; some menu items change monthly; sushi bar also rolls. 5050 Poplar, Suite 107. 424-3286. B, L, X, $ sweet potato pancakes, a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, featured. 912 Ridge Lake. 767-8980. L, D, X, $$-$$$ THE BUTCHER SHOP—Serves steaks ranging from 8-oz. fillets to and breakfast served all day. 540 S. Main. 526-5757. B, L, D BHAN THAI—Authentic Thai cuisine includes curries, pad Thai a 20-oz. porterhouse; also chicken, pork chops, fresh seafood.  107 S. (Thurs.-Sat.), X, $ noodles, and vegetarian dishes, as well as seafood, pork, and duck Germantown Rd. (Cordova). 757-4244. L (Fri. and Sun.), D, X, ASIAN PALACE—Chinese eatery serves seafood, vegetarian items, entrees. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. and all day Mon. 1324 Peabody. MRA, $$-$$$ dim sum, and more. 5266 Summer Ave. 766-0831. L, D, X, $-$$ 272-1538. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CAFE 1912—French/American bistro serving such seafood entrees as A-TAN—Serves Chinese and Japanese hibachi cuisine, complete BLEU—This eclectic restaurant features American food with global grouper and steamed mussels: also crepes, salads, and French onion soup, with sushi bar. A specialty is Four Treasures with garlic sauce. 3445 influences and local ingredients. Among the specialties are a 14-oz. 243 S. Cooper. 722-2700. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ Poplar, Suite 17, University Center. 452-4477. L, D, X, $-$$$ bone-in rib-eye and several seafood dishes. 221 S. Third, in the CAFE ECLECTIC—Spanish omelets, and chicken and waffles are AUTOMATIC SLIM’S—Longtime downtown favorite specializes Westin Memphis Beale St. Hotel. 334-5950. B, L, D, WB, X, among menu items, along with sandwiches, wraps, and burgers.  603 in contemporary American cuisine emphasizing local ingredients; also $$-$$$ N. McLean. 725-1718; 111 Harbor Town Square. 590-4645; 510 S. extensive martini list. 83 S. Second. 525-7948. L, D, WB, X, MRA, BLUE DAZE BISTRO—Serving American cuisine with Cajun Highland. 410-0765. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $ $-$$$ flair; lunch entrees include the Black & Bleu Salad and a crab cake CAFE KEOUGH—European-style cafe serving quiche, paninis, BABALU TACOS & TAPAS—This Overton Square eatery sandwich; dinner entrees range from salmon to Cajun cream penne salads, and more.  12 S. Main. 509-2469. B, L, D, X, $ dishes up Spanish-style tapas with Southern flair; also taco and pasta. Closed for dinner Sun., and all day Mon.-Wed.  221 E. CAFE OLE—Now under new ownership, this 23-year-old eatery enchilada of the day; specials change daily. 2115 Madison. 274Commerce St., Hernando (MS). 662-469-9304. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine; one specialty is the build-your0100. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ BLUE NILE ETHIOPIAN—Kabobs, flavorful chicken and lamb own quesadilla. 959 S. Cooper. 343-0103. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ BAHAMA BREEZE—Baby back ribs, Jamaican chicken wings, stew, and injera (flatbread) are traditional items on the menu, along CAFE PALLADIO—Serves gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches, and and coconut shrimp are among the entrees at this Caribbean-fusion with vegetarian options. 1788 Madison. 474-7214. L, D, X, $-$$ desserts in a tea room inside the antiques shop. Closed Sun. 2 169 restaurant. 2830 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 385-8744. L, BLUEFIN RESTAURANT & SUSHI LOUNGE—Serves Central. 278-0129. L, X, $ D, X, MRA, $-$$ Japanese fusion cuisine featuring seafood, duck, and steaks, with CAFE PIAZZA BY PAT LUCCHESI—Specializes in gourmet BANGKOK ALLEY—Thai fusion cuisine includes noodle and seasonally changing menu; also, a sushi bar and flatbread pizza. pizzas (including create-your-own), panini sandwiches, and pasta. curry dishes, chef-specialty sushi rolls, coconut soup, and duck and Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 135 S. Main. 528-1010. L, D, X, MRA, Closed Sun. 139 S. Rowlett St. (Collierville). 861-1999. L, D, X, $-$$ seafood entrees. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. at Brookhaven $-$$ CAFE PONTOTOC—Serves a variety of internationally inspired location; call for hours. 121 Union Ave. 522-2010; 2150 W. Poplar BOMBAY HOUSE—Indian fare includes lamb korma and small plates, as well as salads and sandwiches. Closed Mon.  314 S. at Houston Levee (Collierville). 854-8748; 715 W. Brookhaven chicken tikka; also, a daily luncheon buffet. 1727 N. Germantown Main. 249-7955. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ Cl. 590-2585. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ Pkwy. (Cordova). 755-4114. L, D, X, $-$$ CAFE SOCIETY—With Belgian and classic French influences, serves BAR DKDC— Features an ever-changing menu of international BONEFISH GRILL—Serves wood-grilled fish,as well as steaks, Wagyu beef, chicken, and seafood dishes, including bacon-wrapped “street food,” from Thai to Mexican, Israeli to Indian, along with chicken and pork entrees. 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). shrimp, along with daily specials and vegetarian entrees. Closed for specialty cocktails. Closed Sun.-Mon. 964 S. Cooper. 272-0830. D, 753-2220; 4680 Merchants Park Circle, Carriage Crossing lunch Sat.-Sun. 212 N. Evergreen. 722-2177. L, D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ X, $ (Collierville). 854-5822. L (Fri.-Sat.), D, SB, X, $-$$$ CANVAS—An “interactive art bar” serving a limited menu of barBAR LOUIE—Serves small plates, flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, BONNE TERRE—This inn’s cafe features American cuisine with a food dishes. 1737 Madison. 619-5303. L, D, $ salads, and such large plate entrees as blackened fish tacos and baked Southern flair, and a seasonal menu that changes monthly. Offers CAPITAL GRILLE—Known for its dry-aged, hand-carved steaks; mac-and-cheese. 2125 Madison. 207-1436. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ Angus steaks, duck, pasta, and seafood. Closed Sun.-Wed. 4715 among the specialties are bone-in sirloin, and porcini-rubbed BAR-B-Q SHOP—Dishes up barbecued ribs, spaghetti, bologna; Church Rd. W. (Nesbit, MS). 662-781-5100. D, X, $-$$$ Delmonico; also seafood entrees and seasonal lunch plates. Closed for also pulled pork shoulder, Texas toast barbecue sandwich, chicken BOOKSELLERS BISTRO —Serves soups, sandwiches, quiche, lunch Sat.-Sun.  Crescent Center, 6065 Poplar. 683-9291. 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These establishments offer American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. While some serve ethnic entrees, the emphasis is on steaks, salads, sandwiches, pasta, fish and seafood. Also some soul-food and homestyle cooking.

CHILI’S—7810 Poplar (Germantown). 756-5203; 4609 Poplar. 685-2257; 8100 Giacosa Pl. 372-3132; 287 W. Goodman Rd. (Southaven). 662-349-7002; 237 Market Blvd. (Collierville). 853-7520; 1260 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 756-7771; 8526 Highway 51 (Millington). 872-0555. COLTON’S STEAKHOUSE—8030 J. ALEXANDER’S—2670 N. GermanHighway 64 (Bartlett). 383-8445; 8051 town Pkwy. (Cordova). 381-9670. Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-890-4142. APPLEBEE’S—2114 Union Ave. 725-7136; COMO STEAKHOUSE—203 Main St. 2890 Bartlett Blvd. (Bartlett). 213-5034; Como, MS. 662-526-9529. 710 DeSoto Cove (Horn Lake, MS). 662-772THE COVE—2559 Broad Ave. 730-0719. 5914; 7515 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch, THE CUPBOARD—1400 Union. MS). 662-893-7555. 276-8015 AJAX DINER— 118 Courthouse Sq., ELWOOD’S SHACK—4523 Summer. Oxford, MS. 662-232-8880. 761-9898. BELLY ACRES—2102 Trimble Pl, 529EVERGREEN GRILL—1545 Overton 7017. Park. 249-2393. BLUE AND WHITE RESTAURANT—1355 U.S. 61 N., Tunica, T.G.I. FRIDAY’S—185 Union, Double Tree Hotel. 523-8500; 176 E. Goodman MS. 662-363-1371. Rd. (Southaven). 662-349-4223; 7733 BLUE PLATE CAFE—5469 Poplar. Winchester Rd. 752-1369; 8325 Highway 761-9696; 113 S. Court. 523-2050. 64. 372-2539. BLUE SHOE BAR & GRILL—Hotel KEM’S RESTAURANT—2751 New Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Brunswick Rd., Holiday Inn & Suites. 266362-6200. 1952. BON TON CAFE—150 Monroe. LBOE—2021 Madison Ave. 725-0770. 525-0883. LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE—2710 N. CAJUN CATFISH Germantown Parkway. 381-5254; 5901 COMPANY—1616 Sycamore View Poplar. 684-2272; 7755 Winchester Rd. Rd. 383-8958; 336 New Byhalia Rd. 759-1430; 6685 Airways Blvd. (Southaven). Collierville. 861-0122 662-772-5015. CHEDDAR’S—7684 Winchester. MAC’S BURGERS—4698 624-8881; 2147 N. Germantown Pkwy. Spottswood. 512-4604. 380-1119. MIDTOWN CROSSING THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY—2760 N. Germantown Pkwy, GRILLE—394 N. Watkins. 443-0502. O’CHARLEY’S—6045 Stage Rd., #74. Suite 193 (Wolfchase). 937-1613. 373-5602 (Bartlett); 1040 N. Germantown CAPRICCIO GRILL ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE—Offers prime steaks, fresh seafood (lobster tails, grouper, mahi mahi), pasta, and several northern Italian specialties. 149 Union, The Peabody. 529-4199. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$$ CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL—Serves chicken Bryan, calamari, various pastas, and other “old-world” Italian entrees. 4600 Merchant’s Park Cl., Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 854-0200; 5110 Poplar. 685-9900. L (Sat.-Sun.), D, X, $-$$$ CASABLANCA—Lamb shawarma is one of the fresh, homemade specialties served at this Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant; fish entrees and vegetarian options also available. 5030 Poplar. 7258557. L, D, X, $-$$ CELTIC CROSSING—Specializes in Irish and American pub fare. Entrees include shepherd’s pie, shrimp and sausage coddle, and fish and chips. 903 S. Cooper. 274-5151. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ CENTRAL BBQ—Serves ribs, smoked hot wings, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, turkey, nachos, and portobello sandwiches. Offers both pork and beef barbecue. 2249 Central Ave. 272-9377; 4375 Summer Ave. 767-4672; 147 E. Butler. 672-7760. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CHEZ PHILIPPE—Classical/contemporary French cuisine presented in a luxurious atmosphere with a seasonal menu focused on local/regional cuisine. Afternoon tea served Wed.-Sat., 1-3 p.m. (reservations required). Closed Sun.-Tues. The Peabody, 149 Union. 529-4188. D, X, MRA, $$$$ CIAO BABY—Specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza made in a wood-fired oven. Also serves house-made mozzarella, pasta, appetizers, and salads. 890 W. Poplar, Suite 1. 457-7457. L, D, X, $ CIAO BELLA—Among the Italian and Greek specialties are lasagna, seafood pasta, eggplant rolotini, gourmet pizzas, and vegetarian options. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 565 Erin Dr., Erinway Shopping Center. 205-2500. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ CITY GROCERY—Southern eclectic cuisine; shrimp and grits is a specialty. Closed for dinner Sunday. 152 Courthouse Square (Oxford, MS). 662-232-8080. L, D, SB, X, $$-$$$ COLETTA’S—Longtime eatery serves such specialties as homemade ravioli, lasagna, and pizza with barbecue or traditional toppings. 2850 Appling Rd. (Bartlett). 383-1122; 1063 S. Parkway E. 948-7652. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CORKY’S—Popular barbecue emporium offers both wet and dry ribs, plus a full menu of other barbecue entrees. Wed. lunch buffets, Cordova and Collierville. 5259 Poplar. 685-9744; 1740 N.

CLUBS/PUBS/SPORTS BARS Pkw. 754-6201; 357 W. Goodman Rd. 662-349-6663 (Southaven); 656 W. Poplar (Collierville). 861-5811. THE OLIVE GARDEN—7778 Winchester. 624-2003; 8405 Highway 64, Wolfchase Galleria. 377-3437; 6615 Airways (Southaven). 662-536-3350; 5679 Poplar, #1. 761-5711. OSHI BURGER BAR—94 s. Main. 341-2091. OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE— 1110 N. Germantown Parkway. 751-9800; 2255 Union Ave. 728-5100; 125 W. Goodman Rd. (Southaven). 662-349-7488. MRA. RAFFERTY’S—4542 Poplar. 374-0096; 505 N. Germantown Pkwy. 755-4799. RUBY TUESDAY—1653 Sycamore View. 382-9280;7535 Winchester. 7556570. SIDECAR CAFE—2194 Whitten. 388-0285. SILVER CABOOSE—132 E. Mulberry (Collierville). 853-0010. SKIMO’S—1166 N. Houston Levee, #107. 756-5055. MRA. SOUL FISH CAFE—862 S. Cooper. 725-0722; 3160 Village Shops Dr. (Germantown). 755-6988. 4720 Poplar. 590-0323. MRA. SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE—40 W. Huling. 521-0907. STONEY RIVER—7515 Poplar. 2071100. TUGS—River Inn, 51 Harbor Town Square. 260-3344. MRA. VINEGAR JIM’S—12062 Forrest (Arlington). 867-7568. WOLF RIVER CAFE—460 U.S. 194 (Rossville). 853-2586.

Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 737-1911; 743 W. Poplar (Collierville). 405-4999; 6434 Goodman Rd., Olive Branch. 662-893-3663. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ COZY CORNER—Serving up ribs, pork sandwiches, chicken, spaghetti, and more; also homemade banana pudding. Closed Sun.Mon. 745 N. Parkway. 527-9158. L, D, $ THE CRAZY NOODLE—Korean noodle dishes range from bibam beef noodle with cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables, to curry chicken noodle; also rice cakes served in a flavorful sauce. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 2015 Madison. 272-0928. L, D, X, $ CURRY BOWL— Specializes in Southern Indian cuisine, serving Tandoori chicken, biryani, tikka masala, and more. Weekend buffet. 4141 Hacks Cross. 207-6051. L, D, $ DEJAVU—Serves Creole, soul, and vegetarian cuisine, including po-boys, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. 51 S. Main. 505-0212. L, D, X, $-$$ DERAE RESTAURANT—Ethiopian and Mediterranean fare includes fuul, or fava beans in spices and yoghurt, goat meat and rice, and garlic chicken over basmati rice with cilantro chutney; also salmon and tilapia. Closed Monday. 923 S. Highland. 552-3992. B, L, D, $-$$ ECCO—Mediterranean-inspired specialties range from rib-eye steak to seared scallops to housemade pastas and a grilled vegetable plate; also a Saturday brunch. Closed Sun.-Mon. 1585 Overton Park. 410-8200. L, D, X, $-$$ EIGHTY3—Contemporary menu of steaks and seafood offers a variety of eclectic specialties; also weekly specials, small plates, appetizers, and patio dining. 83 Madison Ave. 333-1224. B, L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ EL MEZCAL—Serves burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, and other Mexican cuisine, as well as shrimp dinners and steak. 402 Perkins Extd. 761-7710; 694 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 755-1447; 1492 Union. 274-4264; 11615 Airline Rd. (Arlington). 867-1883; 9045 Highway 64 (Lakeland). 383-4219; 7164 Hacks Cross Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-890-3337; 8834 Hwy. 51 N. (Millington). 872-3220; 7424 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 417-6026; 9947 Wolf River (Collierville) 853-7922. L, D, X, $ EL PORTON—Fajitas, quesadillas, and steak ranchero are just a few of the menu items. 2095 Merchants Row (Germantown). 754-4268; 8361 Highway 64. 380-7877; 65 S. Highland, Poplar Plaza. 452-7330; 1805 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 624-9358; 1016 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-5770. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$

From Beale Street night spots to neighborhood bars/grills, these places dish out a variety of food. Many offer live entertainment, and patrons can’t miss the large-screen TVs. ALEX’S TAVERN—1445 Jackson. 278-9086. ALFRED’S—197 Beale. 525-3711. MRA. B.B. KING’S BLUES CLUB—143 Beale. 524-5464. MRA. BEALE STREET TAP ROOM—168 Beale St. 576-2220. BELMONT GRILL—4970 Poplar. 767-0305; 9102 Poplar Pike (Germantown). 624-6001. MRA. BLIND BEAR SPEAKEASY—119 S. Main, Pembroke Square. 417-8435. BLUE MONKEY—2012 Madison. 272-2583; 513 S. Front. 5276665. BLUES CITY CAFE—138 Beale St. 526-3637. MRA. BROOKHAVEN PUB & GRILL—695 W. Brookhaven Circle. 680-8118. MRA. BUFFALO WILD WINGS—3770 Hacks Cross Rd. 737-9463; 7188 Airways (Southaven). 662-349-7776; 8385 Highway 64. 380-9294. DOUBLE J SMOKEHOUSE & SALOON—124 E. G.E. Patterson. 347-2648. EARNESTINE & HAZEL’S—531 S. Main. 523-9754. MRA. EAST END GRILL—7547 Highway 64. 937-1392; 7956 Winchester Rd. 432-4256. MRA. FLYING SAUCER DRAUGHT EMPORIUM—130 Peabody Place. 523-7468; 1400 Germantown Pkwy. 755-5530. MRA. FLYNN’S RESTAURANT & BAR—159 Beale St. 523-1940. FOX AND HOUND ENGLISH PUB & GRILL—847 Exocet Dr. 624-9060; 5101 Sanderlin Ave. 763-2013; 6565 Town Center Crossing (Southaven). 662-536-2200. GRAWEMEYER’S—520 S. Main. 800-1553. HADLEY’S PUB—2779 Whitten Rd. 266-5006. HARD ROCK CAFE—126 Beale. 529-0007. HICKORY TAVERN—4600 Merchants Park Cir. 861-0196. HIGH POINT PUB—477 High Point Terrace. 452-9203. HUEY’S—1927 Madison. 726-4372; 1771 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-3885; 77 S. Second. 527-2700; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-4455; 7090 Malco Blvd. (Southaven). 662-3497097; 7825 Winchester. 624-8911; 4872 Poplar. 682-7729; 7677 Farmington Blvd. (Germantown). 318-3030. MRA. JERRY LEE LEWIS’ CAFE & HONKY TONK—310 Beale St. 654-5171. KING’S PALACE CAFE—162 Beale. 521-1851. MRA. MEMPHIS SPORTS PUB—5012 Park Ave. 767-8632. MIDTOWN CROSSING GRILLE—394 N. Watkins. 443-0502. MURPHY’S—1589 Madison. 726-4193. MRA. NEIL’S MUSIC ROOM—5727 Quince Rd. 682-2300. NEWBY’S—539 S. Highland. 730-0520. OLD ZINNIE’S—1688 Madison. 726-5004. PATRICK’S—4972 Park Ave. 682-2852. MRA. P & H CAFE—1532 Madison. 726-0906. PIG ON BEALE—167 Beale. 529-1544 ROCKHOUSELIVE—2586 Poplar. 324-6300. 5709 Raleigh LaGrange. 386-7222. R.P. TRACKS— 3547 Walker. 327-1471. RUM BOOGIE CAFE— 182 Beale. 528-0150. SAMMY HAGAR’S RED ROCKER BAR & GRILL— Southland Park, 1550 North Ingram Blvd. (West Memphis). 872735-3670. SILKY O’SULLIVAN’S—183 Beale St. 522-9596. MRA. THE SILLY GOOSE—100 Peabody Place. 435-6915. THE SLIDER INN—2117 Peabody. 725-1155. SOUTH OF BEALE— 361 S. Main. 526-0388. T J MULLIGAN’S—8071 Trinity Rd. (Cordova). 756-4480; 2821 N. Houston Levee Rd. 377-9997. UBEE’S—521 S. Highland. 323-0900 WESTY’S—346 N. Main. 543-3278 . THE WINDJAMMER—786 E. Brookhaven Cl. 683-9044.

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CIT Y DINING LIST EMERALD THAI RESTAURANT—Spicy shrimp, pad khing, lemon grass chicken, and several noodle, rice, and vegetarian dishes are offered at this family restaurant. Closed Sunday.  8950 Highway 64 (Lakeland). 384-0540. L, D X, $-$$ ERLING JENSEN—Presents “globally inspired” cuisine: specialties are rack of lamb, big game entrees,and fresh fish dishes. 1044 S. Yates. 763-3700. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ EVELYN & OLIVE—Jamaican/Southern fusion cuisine includes such dishes as Kingston stew fish, Rasta Pasta, and jerk rib-eye. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun.-Mon. 630 Madison. 748-5422. L, D, X, $ EXLINES’ BEST PIZZA—Serves pizza, Italian dinners, sandwiches, and salads.  2935 Austin Peay. 388-4711; 6250 Stage Rd. (Bartlett). 382-3433; 2801 Kirby Parkway. 754-0202; 7730 Wolf River Blvd. (Germantown). 753-4545; 531 W. Stateline Rd. 662-342-4544 (check online for additional locations). L, D, X, $ 4DUMPLINGS—Chicken with celery and pork with Napa cabbage are among the hand-made dumpling varieties; also serves Asian tacos, and noodle and rice meals. Closed Sunday.  6515 Poplar. 762-4184. L, D, X, $ THE FARMER—Serving upscale Southern cuisine, with a focus on locally grown ingredients. Among the specialties are smoked beef tenderloin and shrimp and grits. Closed for dinner Sun.-Mon. 262 S. Highland. 324-2221. L, D, X, $-$$ FELICIA SUZANNE’S—Southern cuisine with low-country, Creole, and Delta influences, using regional fresh seafood, local beef, and locally grown foods. Entrees include shrimp and grits. Closed Sun. and Mon. Brinkley Plaza, 80 Monroe, Suite L1. 523-0877. L (Fri. only), D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ FERRARO’S PIZZERA & PUB—Rigatoni bolognese and capellini pomodoro are among the pasta entrees here, along with pizzas (whole or by the slice), with a variety of toppings.  111 Jackson. 5222033. L, D, X, $-$$ FIREBIRDS—Specialties are hand-cut steaks, slow-roasted prime rib, and wood-grilled salmon and other seafood, as well as seasonal entrees. 8470 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 379-1300; 4600 Merchants Circle, Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 850-1637. L, D, X, $-$$$ THE FIVE SPOT—Tucked behind Earnestine & Hazel’s, this popular eatery features innovative bar food by chef Kelly English.  531 S. Main. 523-9754. D, X, $-$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE—Serves wet-aged and dry-aged steaks, prime beef, chops, and seafood, including salmon, Australian lobster tails, and a catch of the day. 6245 Poplar. 7616200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FLIGHT RESTAURANT & WINE BAR—Serves steaks and seafood, along with such specialties as pork rib-eye and roasted duck, all matched with appropriate wines; also gourmet plate lunches. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 3 9 S. Main. 521-8005. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ FLYING FISH—Serves up fried and grilled versions of shrimp, crab, oysters, fish tacos, and catfish; also chicken and burgers. 105 S. Second. 522-8228. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ FOLK’S FOLLY ORIGINAL PRIME STEAK HOUSE— Specializes in prime steaks, as well as lobster, grilled Scottish salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, rack of lamb, and weekly specials. 551 S. Mendenhall. 762-8200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FORMOSA—Offers Mandarin cuisine, including broccoli beef, hotand-sour soup, and spring rolls. Closed Monday. 6685 Quince. 7539898. L, D, X, $-$$ THE FOUR WAY—Legendary soul-food establishment dishing up such entrees as fried and baked catfish, chicken, and turkey and dressing, along with a host of vegetables and desserts. Closed Monday.  998 Mississippi Blvd. 507-1519. L, D (call to check hours.), $ FRATELLI’S—Serves hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts, all with an Italian/Mediterranean flair. Closed Sunday.  750 Cherry Rd., Memphis Botanic Garden. 766-9900. L, X, $ FRIDA’S—Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex standards, including chimichangas, enchiladas, and fajitas; seafood includes shrimp and tilapia.  1718 Madison. 244-6196. L, D, X, $-$$ FUEL CAFE—Focus is on natural “Americana” dishes with such specialties as bison burgers, grass-fed beef dishes, and wild-caught fish; also vegan and gluten-free entrees. Closed Sun.-Mon. 1761 Madison. 725-9025. L, D, X, $-$$ GERMANTOWN COMMISSARY—Serves barbecue sandwiches, sliders, ribs, shrimp, and nachos, as well as smoked barbecued bologna sandwiches; Mon.-night all-you-can-eat ribs. 2290 S. Germantown Rd. S. (Germantown). 754-5540. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ GOLDEN INDIA—Northern Indian specialties include tandoori chicken as well as lamb, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian dishes. 2097 Madison. 728-5111. L, D, X, $-$$ GREEN BAMBOO—Pineapple tilapia, pork vermicelli, and the soft egg noodle combo are Vietnamese specialties here.  990 N. Germantown Parkway, #104 (Cordova). 753-5488. L, D, $-$$ GREENCORK—Wine-on-tap bar serves seasonal menu of modern Southern cuisine. Specialty is the picnic basket, which includes cheese

truffles and daily selections of premium meats. Closed Sun.Mon.  2156 Young Ave. 207-5281. D, X, $-$$ GRIDLEY’S—Offers barbecued ribs, shrimp, pork plate, chicken, and hot tamales; also daily lunch specials. Closed Tues. 6842 Stage Rd. (Bartlett). 377-8055. L, D, X, $-$$ FRANK GRISANTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT— Northern Italian favorites include pasta with jumbo shrimp and mushrooms; also seafood, fillet mignon, and daily lunch specials. Closed for lunch Sunday. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1022 S. Shady Grove. 761-9462. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ RONNIE GRISANTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT—This Memphis institution serves some family classics such as Elfo’s Special and chicken ravioli, along with lighter fare and changing daily chef selection. Closed Sun.  Sheffield Antiques Mall, 684 W. Poplar (Collierville). 850-0191. L (Mon.-Sat.), D (Thurs.-Sat.), X, $-$$$ THE GROVE GRILL—Offers steaks, chops, seafood, and other American cuisine with Southern and global influences; entrees include crab cakes, and shrimp and grits, also dinner specials. 4550 Poplar. 818-9951. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $$-$$$ GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN—Serves chicken with signature spicy batter, along with homemade beans, slaw, and pies. 310 S. Front. 527-4877; 215 S. Center St. (Collierville). 853-6005; 2965 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 373-9111; 730 S. Mendenhall. 767-2323; 505 Highway 70 W., Mason, TN. 901-294-2028. L, D, X, MRA, $ HALF SHELL—Specializes in seafood, such as King crab legs; also serves steaks, chicken, pastas, salads, sandwiches, a ”voodoo menu”; oyster bar at Winchester location. 688 S. Mendenhall. 682-3966; 7825 Winchester. 737-6755. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ HAPPY MEXICAN—Serves quesadillas, burritos, chimichangas, vegetable and seafood dishes, and more. 385 S. Second. 529-9991; 6080 Primacy Pkwy. 683-0000; 7935 Winchester. 751-5353. L, D, X, $ HAVANA’S PILON—Tiny eatery serving Cuban cuisine, including fried plantains in a pilon topped with shrimp, ropa vieja (shredded beef in tomato sauce), roasted pork, and a Cuban sandwich. Closed Sunday.  143 Madison. 527-2878. L, D, X, $ HERITAGE TAVERN & KITCHEN—Featuring classic cuisine from the country’s five regions, including lobster rolls, fried chicken, smoked tamales, Green Goddess shrimp, and more.  6150 Poplar, Regalia. 761-8855.L, D, WB, X, $-$$$ HIGH POINT PIZZA—Serves variety of pizzas, subs, salads, and sides. Closed Monday.  477 High Point Terrace. 452-3339. L, D, X, $-$$ HM DESSERT LOUNGE—Serving cake, pie, and other desserts, as well as a selection of savory dishes, including meatloaf and mashed potato “cupcakes.” Closed Sunday and Monday. 1586 Madison. 290-2099. L, D, X, $ HOG & HOMINY—The casual sister to Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen serves brick-oven-baked pizzas, including the Red-Eye with pork-belly, and small plates with everything from meatballs to beef and cheddar hotdogs;and local veggies. Closed for lunch Mon. 707 W. Brookhaven Cl. 207-7396. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ HONG KONG—Cantonese and Mandarin standards are sweetand-sour chicken, and pepper beef. Closed Sunday. 3966 Elvis Presley. 396-0801. L, D, X, $ HOUSTON’S—Serves steaks, seafood, pork chops, chicken dishes, sandwiches, salads, and Chicago-style spinach dip.  5000 Poplar. 683-0915. L, D, X $-$$$  I LOVE JUICE BAR—Serving an extensive line of juices and grab-and-go lunch items. 553 S. Cooper. 612-2720. L, D, X, $ IMAGINE VEGAN CAFE—Dishes range from salads and sandwiches to full dinners, breakfast items served all day. 2299 Young. 654-3455. L, D, SB, X, $ INDIA PALACE—Tandoori chicken, lamb shish kabobs, chicken tikka masala are among the entrees; also, vegetarian options and a daily lunch buffet. 1720 Poplar. 278-1199. L, D, X, $-$$ INTERIM—Offers American-seasonal cuisine with emphasis on local foods and fresh fish; macaroni and cheese is a house specialty. Closed for lunch Sat. 5040 Sanderlin, Suite 105. 818-0821. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ INTERSTATE BAR-B-Q—Specialties include chopped porkshoulder sandwiches, ribs, hot wings, spaghetti, chicken, and turkey. 2265 S. Third. 775-2304; 150 W. Stateline Rd. (Southaven). 662-393-5699. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ ITTA BENA—Southern and Cajun-American cuisine served here; specialties are filet Oscar and shrimp and grits, along with steaks, chops, seafood, and pasta. 145 Beale St. 578-3031. D,X, $$-$$$
 JASMINE THAI AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT—Entrees include panang chicken, green curry shrimp,and pad thai (noodles, shrimp, and peanuts); also vegetarian dishes. Closed Mon.-Tues. 916 S. Cooper. 725-0223. L, D, X, $ JIM ’N NICK’S BAR-B-Q—Serves barbecued pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, and fish, along with other homemade Southern specialties. 2 359 N. Germantown Pkwy. 388-0998. L, D, X, $-$$

JIM’S PLACE/JIM’S PLACE GRILLE—Features American, Greek, and Continental cuisine with such entrees as pork tenderloin, several seafood specialties, and hand-cut charcoal-grilled steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 518 Perkins Extd. 766-2030; 3660 Houston Levee (Collierville). 861-5000. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ JOE’S CRAB SHACK—Serves a variety of seafood, along with chicken, steak, and pasta. 7990 Horizon Center Blvd. 384-7478. L, D, X, $-$$$ JULLES POSH FOOD CO.— The changing menu features seasonal “cooking light” dishes such as salmon-shrimp cakes with green salad and roasted sweet potato wedges; also cold-pressed juices, to-go dishes, and desserts.  6300 Poplar. 509-8675. B, L, D, X, $-$$ JUST FOR LUNCH—Serves sandwiches, quiche, salads, fresh fish including fried oysters, daily specials, and homemade rolls. Closed Sunday. 3092 Poplar, Chickasaw Oaks Plaza. 323-3287. L, D (Thurs. only), X, MRA, $-$$ KOOKY CANUCK— Offers prime rib, catfish, and burgers, including the 4-lb. “Kookamonga”; also late-night menu. 97 S. Second. 578-9800; 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy. 1-8002453 L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ LA BAGUETTE—An almond croissant and chicken salad are among specialties at this French-style bistro. Closed for dinner Sun. 3088 Poplar. 458-0900. B, L, D (closes at 7), X, $ LA PLAYITA MEXICANA—Specializes in seafood and Mexican entrees, including red snapper, tilapia, oysters, chimichangas, tostados, and taco salad. 6 194 Macon (Bartlett). 3772282. L, D, X, $-$$ LA TAQUERIA GUADALUPANA—Fajitas and quesadillas are just a few of the authentic Mexican entrees offered here. 4818 Summer. 685-6857. L, D, $ LAFAYETTE’S MUSIC ROOM—Serves such Southern cuisine as po boys and shrimp and grits, and wood-fired pizzas; also live music.  2119 Madison. 207-5097. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ LAS DELICIAS—Popular for its guacamole, house-made tortilla chips, and margaritas, this restaurant draws diners with its chicken enchiladas, meat-stuffed flautas, and Cuban torta with spicy pork. Closed Sunday. 4002 Park Ave. 458-9264; 5689 Quince. 8002873. L, D, X, $ LAS TORTUGAS DELI MEXICANA—Authentic Mexican food prepared from local food sources; specializes in tortugas — grilled bread scooped out to hold such fillings as brisket, pork, and shrimp; also tingas tostados and such sides as steamed corn. Closed Sunday. 1215 S. Germantown Rd. 751-1200. L, D, X, $-$$ LEONARD’S—Serves wet and dry ribs, barbecue sandwiches, spaghetti, catfish, homemade onion rings. and lemon icebox pie; also a lunch buffet. 5465 Fox Plaza. 360-1963. L, X, MRA, $-$$ LITTLE ITALY—Serving New York-style pizza as well as subs and pasta dishes.  1495 Union. 725-0280, L, D, X, $-$$ THE LITTLE TEA SHOP—Downtown institution serves up Southern comfort cooking, including meatloaf and such veggies as turnip greens, yams, okra, and tomatoes. Closed Sat.-Sun.  69 Monroe. 525-6000, L, X, $ LOCAL GASTROPUB—Eclectic entrees with a focus on locally grown products include lobster mac-and-cheese and pork osso bucco. 95 S. Main. 473-9573; 2126 Madison. 725-1845. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ THE LOOKOUT AT THE PYRAMID—Serves Southern fare, including catfish tacos and crawfish tails, atop The Pyramid with a panoramic view of the river. 1 Bass Pro Dr. 620-4600/291-8200. L, D, X $-$$$ LOS COMPADRES—Serves enchiladas, burritos, tamales, tacos, and vegetarian dishes; also Cuban entrees. 3295 Poplar. 458-5731. L, D, X, $-$$ LOST PIZZA—Offering pizzas (with dough made from scratch), pasta, salads, sandwiches, tamales, and more. 2855 Poplar. 5721803; 5960 Getwell, Southaven. 662-892-8684. L, D, X, $-$$ LOTUS—Authentic Vietnamese-Asian fare, including lemon-grass chicken and shrimp, egg rolls, Pho soup, and spicy Vietnamese vermicelli. 4970 Summer. 682-1151. D, X, $ LYFE KITCHEN—Serving healthy, affordable wraps, bowls, sandwiches, and more; entrees include roasted salmon and “unfried” chicken. 6201 Poplar. 684-5333; 272 S. Main. 526-0254. B, L, D, WB, X, $ LYNCHBURG LEGENDS—This restaurant with a Jack Daniels’ theme and Southern cuisine serves such entrees as Bourbon Street salmon, buttermilk-fried chicken, and grilled steak and wild mushroom salad. Double Tree Hotel, 5069 Sanderlin. 969-7777. B, L, D, X, $- $$$ MACIEL’S TORTAS & TACOS—Entrees include tortas, hefty Mexican sandwiches filled with choice of chicken, pork, or steak. Also serving fried taco plates, quesadillas, chorizo and pastor soft tacos, salads, and more. Closed Sun. 4 5 S. Main. 526-0037. L, D, X, $ M A Y 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 107

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CIT Y DINING LIST THE MAJESTIC GRILLE—Housed in a former silent-picture house, features aged steaks, fresh seafood, and such specialties as roasted chicken and grilled pork tenderloin; offers a pre-theatre menu and classic cocktails. 145 S. Main. 522-8555. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ MANILA FILIPINO RESTAURANT—Entrees include pork belly cutlet with lechon sauce, and shrimp and vegetables in tamarind broth; also daily combos, rice dishes, and chef specials. 7 849 Rockford (Millington). 209-8525. L, D, X, $ MARCIANO MEDITERRANEAN AND ITALIAN CUISINE—Rack of lamb with roasted potatoes and demiglaze is among the entrees; also steaks, seafood, and gourmet pizza. 780 Brookhaven Cl. 682-1660. D, X, $-$$
 MARDI GRAS MEMPHIS—Serving Cajun fare, including an etoufee-stuffed po’boy. 496 Watkins. 530-6767. L, D, X, $-$$ MARLOWE’S—In addition to its signature barbecue and ribs, Marlowe’s serves Southern-style steaks, chops, lasagne, and more.  4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. 332-4159. D, X, $-$$ MARMALADE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE—Southern homestyle entrees include catfish, honey-baked ham, steaks, and shrimp, all with a choice of three vegetables. Closed Sun. and Mon. 153 G.E. Patterson. 522-8800. D, X, $ MAXIMO’S ON BROAD—Serving a tapas menu that features creative fusion cuisine. Closed Mon. and Tues.  2617 Broad Ave. 4521111. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE—Serves tandoori chicken, masala dosa, tikka masala, as well as lamb and shrimp entrees; also a daily lunch buffet, and dinner buffet on Fri.-Sat. 6524 Quince Rd. 7538755. L, D, X, $-$$ MCEWEN’S ON MONROE—Southern/American cuisine with international flavors; specialties include steak and seafood, sweet potato-crusted catfish with macaroni and cheese, and more. Closed Sun., Monroe location.  120 Monroe. 527-7085; 1110 Van Buren (Oxford). 662-234-7003. L, D, SB (Oxford only), X, MRA, $$-$$$ DAN MCGUINNESS PUB—Serves fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, burgers, and other Irish and American fare; also lunch and dinner specials. 3964 Goodman Rd. 662-890-7611. L, D, X, $ MEDALLION—Offers steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta entrees. Closed for dinner Sunday. 3 700 Central, Holiday Inn (Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality). 678-1030. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ MELLOW MUSHROOM—Large menu includes assortment of pizzas, salads, calzones, hoagies, vegetarian options, and 50 beers on tap. 9155 Poplar, Shops of Forest Hill (Germantown). 907-0243; 5138 Park Ave. 562-1211. L, D, X, $-$$ MEMPHIS BARBECUE COMPANY—Offers spare ribs, baby backs, and pulled pork and brisket, along with such sides as mac and cheese, grits, and red beans.  709 Desoto Cove, Horn Lake (MS). 662-536-3762. L, D, X, $-$$ MEMPHIS PIZZA CAFE—Homemade pizzas are specialties; also serves sandwiches, calzones, and salads. 2087 Madison. 726-5343; 5061 Park Ave. 684-1306; 7604 W. Farmington (Germantown). 753-2218; 797 W. Poplar (Collierville). 861-7800; 5627 Getwell (Southaven). 662-536-1364. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ MESQUITE CHOP HOUSE—The focus here is on steaks, including prime fillet, rib eyes, and prime-aged New York strip; also, some seafood options. 5960 Getwell (Southaven). 662-890-2467; 88 Union. 527-5337; 3165 Forest Hill-Irene (Germantown). 2495661. D, SB (Germantown), X, $$-$$$ MISTER B—Features New Orleans-style seafood and steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 6655 Poplar, #107. 751-5262. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ MOLLIE FONTAINE LOUNGE—Specializes in tapas (small plates) featuring global cuisine. Closed Sun.-Tues. 679 Adams Ave. 524-1886. D, X, MRA, $ MOLLY’S LA CASITA—Homemade tamales, fish tacos, a vegetarian combo, and bacon-wrapped shrimp are a few of the specialties. 2006 Madison. 726-1873. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ MORTIMER’S—Contemporary American entrees include trout almondine, several chicken dishes, and hand-cut steaks; also sandwiches, salads, and daily/nightly specials. Closed for lunch Sat.Sun. 590 N. Perkins. 761-9321. L, D, X, $-$$ MOSA ASIAN BISTRO—Specialties include sesame chicken, Thai calamari, rainbow panang curry with grouper fish, and other Pan Asian/fusion entrees.  850 S. White Station Rd. 683-8889. L, D, X, $ MULAN—Hunan Chicken, tofu dishes, and orange beef served here; some sushi, too. 2059 Houston Levee (Collierville). 850-5288; 2149 Young. 347-3965. L, D, X, $-$$ NAGASAKI INN—Chicken, steak, and lobster are among the main courses; meal is cooked at your table. 3951 Summer. 454-0320. D, X, $$ NAGOYA—Offers traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi bar; specialties are teriyaki and tempura dishes. 7075 Malco Blvd., Suite 101 (Southaven). 662-349-8788. L, D, X, $-$$$


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CIT Y DINING LIST NAM KING—Offers luncheon and dinner buffets, dim sum, and such specialties as fried dumplings, pepper steak, and orange chicken.  4594 Yale. 373-4411. L, D, X, $
 NAPA CAFE—Among the specialties is miso-marinated salmon over black rice with garlic spinach and shiitake mushrooms. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 5101 Sanderlin, Suite 122. 683-0441. L, D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ NEW ASIA—Specializing in authentic Chinese food, including roast Peking duck. 2075 Exeter, Suite 90. 758-8388. L, D, X, $ NEW HUNAN—Chinese eatery with more than 80 entrees;also lunch/dinner buffets. 5052 Park. 766-1622. L, D, X, $ THE OFFICE@UPTOWN— Offering sandwiches, wraps, pizza, soups, salads, and several vegetarian options. Closed Sunday. 594 N. Second St. 522-1905. B, L, D, X, $ OLD VENICE PIZZA CO.— Specializes in “eclectic Italian,” from pastas, including the “Godfather,” to hand-tossed pizzas, including the “John Wayne”; choose from 60 toppings. 368 Perkins Ext. 767-6872. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ ON THE BORDER—Dishes out such Tex-Mex specialties as fajitas and Southwest chicken tacos; also fresh grilled seafood specials. 8101 Giacosa Pl. (Cordova).881-0808 ; 4552 Poplar. 763-0569; 6572 Airways (Southaven). 662-655-4750. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $ ONE & ONLY BBQ—On the menu are pork barbecue sandwiches, platters, wet and dry ribs, smoked chicken and turkey platters, a smoked meat salad, barbecue quesadillas, and more. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 751-3615; 567 Perkins Extd. 249-4227. L, D, X, $ ONIX RESTAURANT—Serves American seafood and pasta dishes. Closed for lunch Sat., all day Sun., and for dinner Mon. 412 S. Main. 552-4609. L, D, X, $-$$ ORR RESTAURANT—Serves Mediterranean/African cuisine, such as lamb Kowzi flavored with raisins and roasted nuts and served with white bean soup. 6 61 N. Mendenhall, Suite 101. 275-8692. L, D, X, $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE CUISINE—Featuring an extensive sushi menu as well as traditional Japanese and hibachi dining. Hours vary for lunch; call.  3670 Houston Levee (Collierville). 861-4309; 3402 Poplar. 249-4690; 7164 Hacks Cross. 662-890-9312; 2200 N. Germantown Pkwy. 425-4901. L, D, X, $-$$$   OWEN BRENNAN’S—New Orleans-style menu of beef, chicken, pasta, and seafood; jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and crawfish etouffee are specialties. Closed for dinner Sunday. The Regalia, 6150 Poplar. 761-0990. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ PANCHO’S—Serves up a variety of Mexican standards, including tacos, enchiladas, and mix-and-match platters; also lunch specials. 3600 E. Broadway (West Memphis). 870-735-6466. 717 N. White Station. 685-5404. L, D, X, MRA, $ PANDA GARDEN—Sesame chicken and broccoli beef are among the Mandarin and Cantonese entrees; also seafood specials and fried rice. Closed for lunch Saturday. 3735 Summer. 323-4819. L, D, X, $-$$ PASTA ITALIA—Northern Italian cuisine features homemade stuffed pastas; a specialty is rosetta al forno; also serves fish and steaks. Closed Sun.-Mon.  8130 Macon Station Dr., Suite 106. 751-0009. D, X, $$$-$$$$ PAULETTE’S—Presents fine dining with a Continental flair, including such entrees as filet Paulette with butter-pepper cream sauce and popoovers with strawberry butter; also changing daily specials. R iver Inn. 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3300. B, L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ PEARL’S OYSTER HOUSE—Downtown eatery serving seafood, including oysters, crawfish, and stuffed butterfly shrimp, as well as beef, chicken, and pasta dishes. 299 S. Main. 522-9070. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$

PEI WEI ASIAN DINER—Serves a variety of Pan-Asian cuisine, including Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai. Noodle and rice bowls are specialties; a small plates menu also offered. 1680 Union Ave., #109. 722-3780; 2257 N. Germantown Pkwy. 382-1822. L, D, X, $-$$
 PETE & SAM’S—Serving Memphis for 60-plus years; offers steaks, seafood, and traditional Italian dishes, including homemade ravioli, lasagna, and chicken marsala. 3886 Park. 458-0694. D, X, $-$$$ PETRA CAFÉ—Serves Greek, Italian, and Middle Eastern sandwiches, gyros, and entrees. Hours vary; call. 6641 Poplar Ave. (Germantown). 754-4440; 9155 Poplar (Germantown). 755-5440; 1560 Union. 505-2812. L, D, X, $-$$ PINK DIVA CUPCAKERY & CUISINE— Vegetarian/vegan fare, including cupcakes and build-your-own ramen and mac and cheese bowls. Closed Thurs. and Sun. 936 Florida. 946-0056. L, D, $ PF CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO—Specialties are orange peel shrimp, Mongolian beef, and chicken in lettuce wraps; also vegetarian dishes, including spicy eggplant. 1181 Ridgeway Rd., Park Place Centre. 818-3889. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ PHO BINH—Vietnamese, vegetarian, and Cantonese specialties include lemon tofu and spring rolls. Closed Sunday. 1615 Madison. 276-0006. L, D, $ PHO SAIGON—Vietnamese fare includes beef teriyaki, roasted quail, curry ginger chicken, vegetarian options, and a variety of soups. 2946 Poplar. 458-1644. L, D, $ PIG-N-WHISTLE—Offers pork shoulder sandwiches, wet and dry ribs, catfish, nachos, and stuffed barbecue potatoes.  6084 KerrRosemark Rd. 872-2455. L, D, X, $ PORCELLINO’S CRAFT BUTCHER—Small plates, charcuterie selections, specialty steaks, house-made pastries, and innovative teas and coffees are offered at this combination butcher shop and restaurant featuring locally sourced menu items.  711 W. Brookhaven Cl. 762-6656. B, L, D, X $-$$ PRESENTATION ROOM, THE—American bistro run by the students of L’Ecole Culinaire. Menu changes regularly; specialties may include such items as a filet with truffle mushroom ragu. Closed Fri.Sun. 1245 N. Germantown Pkwy (Cordova). 754-7115. L, D, X, $-$$ PYRO’S FIRE-FRESH PIZZA—Serving gourmet pizzas cooked in an open-fire oven; wide choice of toppings; large local and craft beer selection. 1 199 Ridgeway. 379-8294; 2035 Union Ave. 208-8857; 2286 N. Germantown Pkwy. 207-1198. B, L, D, X, $ QUEEN OF SHEBA— Featuring Middle Eastern favorites and Yemeni dishes such as lamb haneeth and saltah. 4792 Summer. 2074174. L, D, $ RAVINE—Serves contemporary Southern cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, locally grown foods and a menu that changes weekly. Closed Mon.-Tues. 5 3 Pea Ridge/County Rd. 321 (Oxford, MS). 662-2344555. D, SB, X, $$-$$$ RAY’Z WORLD FAMOUS DR. BAR-B-QUE—Serves dry-roasted barbecue, pulled or chopped pork, beef brisket, ribs, salads, and more. Closed Mon. 302 S. Main. 527-9026. L, D, X, $ RED KOI—Classic Japanese cuisine offered at this family-run restaurant; hibachi steaks, sushi, seafood, chicken, and vegetables.  5847 Poplar. 767-3456. L, D, X $-$$ RED LOBSTER—Specializes in crab legs, lobster, and shrimp dishes; also pastas, salads, steaks, and chicken. 8161 Highway 64 (Cordova). 387-0056; 6535 Airways (Southaven). 662-536-1960; 7750 Winchester. 759-9045. L, D, X, $-$$ RENDEZVOUS, CHARLES VERGOS’—Menu items include barbecued ribs, cheese plates, skillet shrimp, red beans and rice, and Greek salads. Closed Sun.-Mon. 52 S. Second. 523-2746. L (Fri.-Sat.), D, X, MRA, $-$$

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Fresh cuisine prepared while you wait and served in an upscale setting. Not your typical fast-food restaurants, most serve beer, wine, and liquor. BONEHEADS—555 Perkins Extd. 746-8867. BURRITO BLUES MEXICAN—156 Beale. 528-1055. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL—5865 Poplar, Ridgeway Trace, #104. 416-1944; 2760 N. Germantown Pkwy. 620-0469. CRAZY ITALIANS—1250 N. Germantown Pkwy., #105 (Cordova). 347-2449. CREPE MAKER—4630 Merchants Park Cir., #731 (Collierville). 861-1981. GENGHIS GRILL—2362 N. Germantown Parkway. 584-0412; 7706 Winchester. 522-5048; 5849 Poplar, #117, Ridgeway Trace. 308-4040. HUMDINGERS—6300 Poplar. 260-8292; 1134 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 271-2912. MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL— 465 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 737-5058. 6300 Poplar Ave., #108. 685-5685; 3660 S. Houston Levee (Collierville). 457-7227; 3546 Walker. 590-0192 SWANKY’S TACO SHOP—6641 Poplar (Germantown). 737-2088. 4770 Poplar. 730-0763; 711 Southcrest Pkwy, #101 (Southaven). 662-655-0662. MRA. TAZIKI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE— 540 S. Mendenhall. 290-1091. RESTAURANT IRIS—French Creole cuisine includes shrimp and delta-grind grits, and New York strip stuffed with fried oysters and blue cheese. Closed Sun. 2146 Monroe. 590-2828. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ RIVER OAKS—A French-style bistro serving seafood and steaks, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 5871 Poplar Ave. 683-9305. L, D, X, $$$ RIVERFRONT BAR & GRILL—Beale Street Landing eatery serves Southern American specialties, including Tom Lee Catfish, and Tennessee Caviar, a fresh veggie salsa of black-eyed peas and cilantro with pimento cheese and toast points; also sausage-cheese appetizer. Closed Monday.  251 Riverside Dr. 524-0817. L, D, X, $ RIZZO’S DINER—Chorizo meatloaf, lobster pronto puff, and brisket are menu items at this upscale diner, Closed for dinner Sun. and all day Mon.  492 S. Main. 304-6985. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ ROBATA RAMEN & YAKITORI BAR— Serves ramen noodle bowls and Yakitori skewers as well as rice and noodle dishes, and sake.  2116 Madison. 410-8290. D, WB, X, $ ROCK’N DOUGH PIZZA CO.—Specialty and custom pizzas made from fresh ingredients; wide variety of toppings. 3445 Poplar Ave., Ste. 1. 512-6760. L, D, X, $$ ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL—Serves MediterraneanItalian cuisine, including hand-crafted pasta Milano and penne rustica, and create-your-own pasta; also steaks, seafood, and salads.  2859 N. Germantown Pk wy. (Cordova). 266-4565. L, D, X, $-$$ ROYAL PANDA—Hunan fish, Peking duck, Royal Panda chicken and shrimp, and a seafood combo are among the specialties.  3120 Village Shops Dr. (Germantown). 756-9697. L, D, X, $-$$ RUSSO’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA AND WINE BAR— Serves gourmet pizzas, calzones, and pasta, including lasagna, fettucine Alfredo, scampi, and more. 9087 Poplar, Suite 111. 7550092. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE—Offers prime steaks cut and aged in-house, as well as lamb, chicken, and fresh seafood, including lobster. 6120 Poplar. 761-0055. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ SABOR CARIBE—Serving up “Caribbean flavors” with dishes from Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Closed Sunday. 662 Madison. 949-8100. L, D, X, $ SABROSURA—Serves Mexican and Cuban fare, including arroz tapada de pollo and steak Mexican.  782 Washington. 421-8180. B, L, D, X, $-$$ SAIGON LE—Vietnamese/Chinese specialties include calamari with ginger, and pork chops with mushrooms; vegetarian options too. Closed Sunday. 51 N. Cleveland. 276-5326. L, D, X, $-$$ SAKURA—Sushi, tempura, and teriyaki are Japanese specialties here. 2060 West St. (Germantown). 758-8181. 4840 Poplar. 572-1002. L, D, X, $-$$ SALSA—Mexican-Southern California specialties include carnitas, enchiladas verde, and fajitas; also Southwestern seafood dishes such as snapper verde. Closed Sun. Regalia Shopping Center, 6150 Poplar, Suite 129. 683-6325. L, D, X, $-$$ SCHWEINEHAUS—Serving Bavarian-influenced fare with a Southern twist; includes wurst platters, pork schnitzel, sauerbraten, and more; also a wide variety of beers. 2 110 Madison. 347-3060. L, D, X, $-$$

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CIT Y DINING LIST SEASONS 52—This elegant fresh grill and wine bar offers a seasonally changing menu using fresh ingredients, wood-fire grilling, and brick-oven cooking; also a large international wine list and nightly piano bar. Crescent Center, 6085 Poplar. 682-9952. L, D, X, $$-$$$ THE SECOND LINE—Kelly English brings “relaxed Creole cuisine” to his new eatery; serves a variety of po-boys and such specialties as barbecue shrimp, and andouille, shrimp, and pimento cheese fries.  2144 Monroe. 590-2829. L (Sat.-Sun. only), D, WB, X, $-$$ SEKISUI—Japanese fusion cuisine, fresh sushi bar, grilled meats and seafood, California rolls, and vegetarian entrees. Poplar/Perkins location’s emphasis is on Pacific Rim cuisine. Menu and hours vary at each location. 2 5 Belvedere. 725-0005; 1884 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 309-8800; 4724 Poplar (between Perkins & Colonial). 767-7770; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-0622; 1255 Goodman Rd. (Horn Lake). 662-536-4404; 2990 Kirby-Whitten (Bartlett). 377-2727; 6696 Poplar. 747-0001. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT—Entrees include tempura, teriyaki, and sushi, as well as grilled fish and chicken entrees. 2324 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 384-4122. L, D, X, $-$$ SIDE PORCH STEAK HOUSE—In addition to steak, the menu includes chicken, pork chops, and fish entrees; homemade rolls are a specialty. Closed Sun.-Mon. 5689 Stage Rd. (Bartlett). 3772484. D, X, $-$$ SOUTH MAIN SUSHI & GRILL— Serving sushi, nigiri, and more.  520 S. Main. 249-2194. L, D, X, $ SPINDINI—Italian fusion cuisine with such entrees as wood-fired pizzas, gorgonzola stuffed filet, and fresh seafood; pizza specials on Mon.; large domestic whiskey selection.  383 S. Main. 578-2767. D, X, $$-$$$ STAKS— Offering pancakes, including Birthday Cake and lemon ricotta. Menu includes other breakfast items such as beignets and French toast, as well as soups and sandwiches for lunch. 4615 Poplar. 509-2367. B, L, WB, X, $ STIX—Hibachi steakhouse with Asian cuisine features steak, chicken, and a fillet and lobster combination, also sushi. A specialty is Dynamite Chicken with fried rice.  4680 Merchants Park Circle, Avenue Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 854-3399. L, D, X, $-$$ STONE SOUP CAFE— Cooper-Young eatery serving soups, salads, quiche, meat-and-two specials; and daily specials such as Italian roast beef. Closed Monday. 993 S. Cooper. 922-5314. B, L, SB, X, $ STRANO SICILIAN KITCHEN & BAR—Presenting a Sicilian/Mediterranean mix of Arab, Spanish, Greek, and North African fare, Strano serves small plates, wood-grilled fish, and hand-tossed pizzas such as the King Alaska, with salmon and chevre. Closed Mon.  948 S. Cooper. 275-8986. L, D, SB, X, $$-$$$ SWEET GRASS—Low-country coastal cuisine includes such specialties as shrimp and grits. Closed Mon. The restaurant’s “sister,” Sweet Grass Next Door, open nightly, serves lunch Sat.-Sun. 937 S. Cooper. 278-0278. D, SB, X, $-$$$ TANNOOR GRILL—Brazilian-style steakhouse with skewers served tableside, along with Middle Eastern specialties; vegetarian options also available.  830 N. Germantown Pkwy. 443-5222. L, D, X, $-$$$ TART—Combination patisserie, coffeehouse, and restaurant serving rustic French specialties, including baked eggs in brioche, topped with Gruyere, and french breads and pastries.  820 S. Cooper. 725-0091. B, L, WB, X, $-$$ TERRACE—Creative American and Continental cuisine includes such entrees as filet mignon, beef or lamb sliders, five-spice salmon, and grilled vegetarian eggplant; also small plates. Rooftop, River Inn of Harbor Town, 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3366. D, X, $$ TEXAS DE BRAZIL—Serves beef, pork, lamb, and chicken dishes, and Brazilian sausage; also a salad bar with extensive toppings. 150 Peabody Place, Suite 103. 526-7600. L (Wed.-Fri.), D, SB, X, $$-$$$ THREE LITTLE PIGS—Pork-shoulder-style barbecue with tangy mild or hot sauce, freshly made cole slaw, and baked beans.  5145 Quince Rd. 685-7094. B, L, D, X, $ TOPS BAR B-Q—Specializes in pork barbecue sandwiches and sandwich plates with beans and slaw; also serves ribs, beef brisket, and burgers.  1286 Union. 725-7527. 4183 Summer. 324-4325; 5391 Winchester. 794-7936; 3970 Rhodes. 323-9865; 6130 Macon. 371-0580. For more locations, go online. L, D, X, $ TROLLEY STOP MARKET—Serves plate lunches/dinners as well as pizzas, salads, and vegan/vegetarian entrees; a specialty is the locally raised beef burger. Also sells fresh produce and goods from local farmers; delivery available. Saturday brunch; closed Sunday.   704 Madison. 526-1361. L, D, X, $ TSUNAMI—Features Pacific Rim cuisine (Asia, Australia, South Pacific, etc.); also a changing “small plate” menu. Specialties include Asian nachos and roasted sea bass. Closed Sunday.  928 S. Cooper. 274-2556. D, X, $$-$$$


Serving sandwiches and salads, burgers and bagels, wings and chicken, these are popular spots. BOGIE’S—715 S. Mendenhall. 761-5846. MRA; 2098 LaSalle Place. 272-0022. MRA; 80 Monroe. 525-6764; 2028 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-8555. CHEFFIE’S —483 High Point Terrace. 343-0488. CHING’S HOT WINGS—1264 Getwell. 743-5545. CITY EAST BAGEL & GRILLE—6698 Poplar at Kirby. 754-2660. CITY MARKET—66 S. Main. 729-6152. CORDELIA’S TABLE—737 Harbor Bend Rd. 526-4772. FINO’S FROM THE HILL—1853 Madison. 272-3466; 703 W. Brookhaven Cir. 334-4454. MRA. HOLIDAY HAM—2087 Union. 881-6433; 585 Erin Dr. 7634499; 7652 Poplar (Germantown). 869-6650; 3750 Hacks Cross Rd., #112. 624-4848 JASON’S DELI—1213 Ridgeway. 685-3333; 1585 Chickering (Cordova). 844-1840; 3473 Poplar. 324-3181. KWIK CHEK—2013 Madison. 274-9293. LENNY’S SUB SHOP—2893 Poplar. 320-0022; 7424 Stage Rd. 937-0800; 22 N. Front. 543-9230; 521 S. Highland. 454-7077; 2095 Exeter, Suite 30 (Germantown). 755-0750; 4970 Raleigh-LaGrange. 371-9979; 1016 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-8299; 4726 Spottswood. 202-4800; 4740 Showcase. 3684215; 8950 Hwy. 64 (Lakeland). 12 S. Cooper. 6300 Poplar, #111. 761-2403. MRA. LETTUCE EAT SALAD COMPANY—6641 Poplar, Suite 106. (Germantown), 552-5604. LUCCHESI’S BEER GARDEN—84 S. Reese. 452-3002. LUCCHESI’S RAVIOLI—540 S. Mendenhall. #3. 7669922. LUNCHBOX EATS—288 S. Fourth. 526-0820. MCALISTER’S DELI—3482 Plaza Ave. 452-6009; 7990 Trinity Rd. (Cordova). 737-7282; 7710 Poplar (Germantown). 753-1507; 975 580 S. Mendenhall. 763-2711; 3855 Hacks Cross. 881-6068; 6600 Stage Rd. (Bartlett). 213-3311. 9091 Poplar (Germantown) 756-5292. PANERA BREAD—714 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-5813; 4530 Poplar. 767-3116; 5865 Poplar, Ridgeway Trace. 683-9384; 7850 Poplar. 759-1439; 7501 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-890-1985. PARADISE CAFE—6150 Poplar, Suite 120. 821-9600. JACK PIRTLE’S FRIED CHICKEN—3571 Lamar. 7941254; 2520 Mt. Moriah. 565-0203 RAFFE’S DELI—3358 Poplar. 458-5110. SCHLOTZSKY’S DELI—4758 Poplar. 763-0741. UNCLE LOU’S FRIED CHICKEN—3633 Millbranch. 332-2367. WHOLE FOODS MARKET—5014 Poplar. 685-2293. YOUNG AVENUE DELI—2119 Young. 278-0034. TUSCANY ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE—Filet mignon, beef tenderloin, and various seafood and pasta dishes are served up here.  5910 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch, MS). 662-895-3663. L, D, WB. X, $-$$$ TWILIGHT SKY TERRACE—Offers small plates of tostados, nachos, flatbreads, paninis; also hand-crafted cocktails and sweeping rooftop views of the downtown Memphis skyline. Open, weather permitting.  The Madison Hotel, 79 Madison. 333-1224. L (Sat.Sun.), D, WB.X, $ TYCOON—Among the Asian entrees are spicy garlic shrimp, Thai gumbo, and special house noodle soup. 3307 Kirby Parkway. 362-8788. B, L, D, X, $ UNCLE BUCK’S FISHBOWL & GRILL—Burgers, pizza, fish dishes, sandwiches, and more served in a unique “underwater” setting.  Bass Pro, Bass Pro Drive, 291-8200. L, D, X, $-$$ WANG’S MANDARIN HOUSE—Offers Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, and spicy Hunan entrees, including the goldensesame chicken; next door is East Tapas, serving small plates with an Asian twist.  6065 Park Ave, Park Place Mall. 763-0676. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ WOMAN’S EXCHANGE TEA ROOM—Chicken-salad plate, beef tenderloin, soups-and-sandwiches, and vegetable plates are specialties; meal includes drink and dessert. Closed Sat.Sun. 88 Racine. 327-5681. L, X, MRA, $ ZAYTOON—Serves such Mediterranean cuisine as shish kebabs, falafel, hummus, and gyros. 694 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-6366. L, D, X, $            


Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, Dyess

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Right of Way Memphis has been pedaling forward for 40 years.

the City of Memphis, and transportation planner/bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization — and suddenly white stripes began appearing to our right as we zoomed along Madison and North Parkway. Cycling as a commuting option has been pushed along by the more than 200 miles of bike lanes created since 2008; Bicycling took notice, proclaiming us “most improved city” only four years later. Companies such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital even tout the biking culture on hen M emphis magazine first appeared on the career-recruiting page of its newsstands and in mailboxes, I didn’t read it. website under the heading, “Why I turned 6 years old in 1976, the first year of relocate to Memphis?” And things promise to get even Memphis, and I was busy learning to ride my bike across a better, as those miles of bike lanes weedy patch of lawn in front of my family’s small bungawill nearly double in coming years. low on Central Avenue in Midtown. In the July 1976 issue of Memphis, I would ride a parade of bifor precious inches of right-ofMarilyn J. and Glenn T. Rowland celebrated the 60-year anniversacycles through elementary and way — too far to the right and ry of the opening of the Harahan high school but, as a child of the it’s up against the curb; too far 1970s, I was promised jetpacks to the left and he’s eaten alive by Railway Bridge, ending their essay an El Dorado.” and flying cars as a means of travwith, “In early 1976, new interest el into the distant future. Those Equally unfortunate, not much developed over the potential conpromises have yet to be realized had changed by 2008, when Biversion of the wagonways into a and, at 45 years old, I instead rode cycling magazine pedestrian/biThe world awaits my kids, my bike to work today. proclaimed ours cycle pathway. and there’s no better way . . . this project Who’d have thought that my “the worst city simple, two-wheeled conveyance for cycling.” Rid- for them to experience their could provide us with an exof childhood would be the best ing a bike from world than from a bike. way to meander through the East Memphis cit i ng r iver crossing and trail system along twenty-first century? to downtown might find you on Apparently, Memphis magazine the business end, not of an El the Mississippi River and a new Dorado, but a mammoth SUV thought so. For an essay from chapter in the history of a neglected Memphis landmark.” the June 1976 issue on bicycling by then. in the city, Max Heine wrote, But things progressed and city It’s taken four decades, but “More and more Memphians are residents started looking at bikthrough a partnership of private discovering the bicycle to be a ing as more than just the hoband public money, including a major federal transportation clean, economical, and practical by of the wealthy, but as a way transportation vehicle, as well as for people to commute to work, grant, that new chapter is finalan increasingly popular form of a means of exercise for those ly being written now. By year’s recreation.” of us with more than we’d like end cyclists and pedestrians will But that was 1976, a time of around the middle, but without be able to take in the majestic views of the city’s skyline and great sprawl as the city crawled enough for gym memberships. its way east. Heine wrote, “UnforRelevant positions were created floodplain of Arkansas from the middle of the river. tunately, riding a bike in certain and funded — a bicycle/pedesparts of Memphis requires nerves trian program manager with More than mere amusement, like spokes as the cyclist fights the Division of Engineering in bicycles can be the great equal-


izer when it comes to transportation and connectivity in a city. Heine wrote, “Now you don’t have to invest a month’s paycheck for a bike, like some of these aficionados do. Pull that old clunker out of the attic or garage corner and take to the streets.” As bikes become more widely available, and rights-of-way more easily accessed, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds become more mobile. Initiatives such as the proposed bike share program being explored by Doug Carpenter and his team at DCA aim to help with that transition. As he wrote last fall in the October 2015 issue of Inside Memphis Business, “Bike share isn’t just about putting more bikes on the road. I am motivated to bring this amenity to Memphis because it reinforces the natural ties that already exist in our city, ties we often overlook. Both physically and philosophically, we’re closer than we think.” As the weather has changed to springtime, I’ve spent hours motivating my four children to explore Memphis on their bikes. We recently moved to the Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown, not far from that yard where I first learned to ride a bike, and my kids and I have looked at maps together to see how to get to Overton Park, the Hampline, and further to the Greenline that extends nearly seven miles to Shelby Farms Park. The world awaits my kids, the next generation of Memphians, and there’s no better way for them to experience their world than from a bike. In 1976, as a 6-year-old looked forward to one day owning a jet pack, this magazine looked to the future of transportation and found that future to be the bicycle. And even though a flying car would be great, for the past 40 years I’ve enjoyed my adventures on two wheels. 


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