Three new dining options opening in Cooper-Young

By Emily Bishop

Dish closed at the end of January, and there are several longtime empty commercial buildings in our neighborhood. Not all is bitter at the intersection of Cooper and Young, though. Blue Fish reopened with a new owner and a new name, Grace Restaurant is launching au fond farmtable in the space next door to them, and Sweet Grass is opening in the old Square Foods space on Cooper next to the bank. You can enjoy all three of these new places to eat right in the heart of Cooper-Young.

The Reef

[singlepic id=131 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=left]The sign still says Blue Fish, but the name will soon be changing to The Reef. The restaurant has kept chef Tim Foley in the kitchen, and much of the menu is the same as Blue Fish but now at more affordable prices. David Meredith managed Blue Fish and bought the business he is renaming The Reef. They opened on Friday, February 12th, and the restaurant welcomed back many loyal followers and new customers who were curious to see if they really could afford the new prices. So far, there have been weekly specials on oysters and jumbo shrimp with more deals promised as the season allows. While they are waiting on their new liquor license, there are no set-up or cork fees.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday from 5–9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 5–10 pm, and Sunday from 11 am–2:30 pm. Call 901-725-0230 or send an email to for info about weekly specials.

au fond farmtable

[singlepic id=122 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=right]A French country bistro and market is opening next door to Grace Restaurant. Chef Ben Vaughn of Grace is expanding to offer a larger selection of food and to focus on breakfast. The market will carry cheeses and charcuterie, which is any kind of meat preparation, including pates, sausages, and cured meats, as well as organic free-trade coffees and loose-leaf teas. They will open for breakfast at 6:30 am, and the average cost should be $6-8.

Sweet Grass

Cooper-Young’s newest restaurant at 937 S. Cooper will bring a menu influenced by the Low Country cuisine of Charleston, South Carolina to the neighborhood. Glen Hayes of Café 1912 is partnering with Ryan Trimm to open Sweet Grass. Ryan, a chef that enjoyed a cooking run in Charleston for a few years after college, said the name “Sweet Grass” comes from the tall grass that grows by the sand dunes along the beaches from that area. He said, “I would like to offer a neighborhood bistro where patrons can stop in and get a quick bite or enjoy an evening out with friends and family. I am happy to be joining such a close and friendly community, and I just want to contribute another place for everyone to share friendship and make memories.”[singlepic id=130 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=left]

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and the menu will consist of a number of small plates and entrees ranging between $14 and $24.

Stop by and enjoy the new tastes of Cooper-Young!


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