Cafe Ole patio beckons, and a cure for tired feet

By Renee Massey


Ah, April. The last vestiges of the brief Memphis spring will flicker out soon, so rush from your homes now to the nearest restaurant patio to soak up the mild weather before it is gone!

Cooper-Young is host to many great restaurant patios including the award-winning one at local Mexican haunt Café Olé. It just so happens that Cooper-Young Community Association members have even more reason to stop by the inviting patio at Café Olé.

On one visit during the membership year, Café Olé will give CYCA members an entrée for half price with the purchase of another entrée of equal or greater value. This means you should grab a neighbor and stop by 959 S. Cooper to take advantage of this membership offer.

I asked Café Olé manager Denise Johnson why Café Olé is a membership sponsor for the CYCA.

She said, “We sponsor the CYCA because we believe in helping our community in as many ways as we can. A neighborhood where the businesses and residents work together to maintain a high standard of working and living is a great thing to be a part of.”

She also noted that Café Olé sponsors the CY Festival Friday 4-Miler every year. I’d say that makes Café Olé more than a great restaurant. They’re also a good neighbor.

Denise mentioned that she and a number of other Café Olé employees not only work in CY, but they live here, too. She said that since Cooper-Young has so many locally owned and operated businesses, it’s like having our own small town in the middle of Memphis. That means she and other Café Olé employees see people they know frequently and are able to have a close relationship with the numerous residents that frequent Café Olé.

When I asked Denise if she had anything special she wanted our readers to know, she replied that Café Olé would like to thank all of their patrons and supporters for helping them become the oldest restaurant in Cooper-Young. She also wanted to remind everyone that they will be having live entertainment outside again this year, including multiple bands and weekly karaoke.

And on a very special note, she asked that we keep in mind that Cinco de Mayo is on a Saturday this year. They will have food and drink specials as well as live entertainment all day.

And vegetarians, take heart: Café Olé not only has temptations like bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp for our omnivore friends, but they are very vegetarian-friendly, too.

To figure out what you’re going to have when you visit, check out their menu online at And when you stop by, tell Denise and her coworkers how much you appreciate Café Olé’s sponsorship.




Now, if you’ve eaten one too many quesadillas recently, you’re probably going to need to work off some of those calories with a few extra laps around the block with your dog or maybe even some extra crunches in the morning. And when the aches of the extra exercise set in, you’re going to be looking for a muscle soother.

This is where Maury Ballenger, licensed massage therapist, can quite literally step in. Maury is one of the few therapists who offer barefoot Swedish massage, which is especially useful for those who like deeper pressure.

She notes, though, that this technique is not for everyone, so she also offers traditional Swedish massage, trigger point massage, and Thai massage. In May, she will be traveling to learn Ayurvedic massage as well.

Practicing since 1997, Maury will evaluate each client’s needs and use the technique, or even a combination of techniques, to suit that person’s body. And as a membership sponsor, she will give CYCA members 10 percent off her services. That’s every time you visit during the membership year! The more massages you get from her, the more you save.

You can learn more about her practice, then call 729-9575 to set up your appointment.

Maury says she is happy to be a CYCA sponsor, even though her practice is in Harbor Town at 113 Harbor Town Square, simply because she loves the community and wants to contribute to it and be a part of it. In fact, her office was in Cooper-Young for three years several years ago, so she knows the neighborhood well and has fond memories of ballet classes at New Ballet Ensemble, eating at Soul Fish, and dining at the erstwhile restaurant Buns on the Run. She even remembers getting haircuts at The Beauty Shop way back when it was still just that. But Cooper-Young is not just in her past.

Now that you know how Café Olé and Maury Ballenger have joined the Cooper-Young Community Association’s mission to make Cooper-Young a safer and more desirable place to live, worship, work, and play, we all invite you to do the same by joining the CYCA. And not only will you be supporting the things that make Cooper-Young unique, you’ll get the great discounts our sponsors offer.

It’s easy to become a member: just fill out the membership application in this paper, call our community director at 272-2922, visit our website at, or stop by our community offices at 2298 Young Ave. Life is good in Cooper-Young!

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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