Camy’s expands to offer sit down dining

By Jim Brock
If you like Memphis’ own Camy’s pizza, then you’re going to love this! Camy’s has opened a dine-in area for customers who just can’t get enough. Owner Camy Archer recently announced the expansion of her delivery restaurant, hoping the 700 square-foot addition will offer more to loyal customers and attract new ones as well.
“We’ve been a delivery restaurant for 18 years,” said Archer, who has lived in Cooper-Young for 20 years. “I wanted to diversify.”

The new dine-in area has enough seating for 40 customers. Archer says she has applied for a beer license, but she doesn’t quite want a sports bar atmosphere.
“I just want people to be able to enjoy a good beer with their pizza,” she said. “I thought about getting a wine license, but I will see what my customers want. My customers have always fueled my decisions. If people ask for it, they’re going to get it.”

Archer also has big plans for the new dine-in area in the weeks and months to come, including using it to give exposure to Memphis-area artists. She would like to decorate the restaurant with original artwork from Memphis College of Art. She also plans to have live acoustic music in the near future. Being a musician herself, she was naturally inclined to do so. In fact, Archer spent her early years as a traveling musician, playing wherever she could. Archer, now 58, has been an active Midtown business owner for nearly 20 years. She doesn’t rely on music for a living, but she disciplines herself to play at least once a week to keep her calices and her love of music will always remain.

Camy’s restaurant also lends support to the community by serving as the food sponsor for the Gibson 5K Run every year and catering various CY neighborhood events. The decision to get involved in service was a no-brainer for Camy. “I always felt it was my responsibility and my right to support my community,” she said.
Camy’s dine-in area is now open for business at 3 S. Barksdale St., with an official grand opening scheduled for December 1.

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