Outback-Midtown and Skunx offer deals for CYCA members

By Renee Massey

If you are like me, the joy of cooking wanes during the hot summer months in Memphis. I am much less inclined to heat up the oven and kitchen on a day when I’m sweating just by existing.

Duncan Aiken (left) and Casey Cummings, are ready to serve up their signature pizzas at Skunx Chef's Pub. Photo by June Hurt.

And that is okay, because I’m a member of the Cooper-Young Community Association, and several of our membership sponsors offer CYCA members discounts on delicious food that someone else cooked. Two such fine establishments are Outback Steakhouse on Union Avenue, a short ride in my air-conditioned car, and Skunx Chef Pub, a short walk from my front porch.

Outback Steakhouse at 2255 Union Ave. prides itself on starting “fresh every day” to offer items “made from scratch daily using only the highest quality ingredients,” according to its website. In fact, the owner of Outback Steakhouse-Midtown, Kevin Luke, is a former Cooper-Young resident himself.

When asked why his business is a CYCA membership sponsor, Kevin cited his time in the neighborhood as a driving factor. He said he and his wife love the neighborhood and only moved when they couldn’t find the right house in CY to accommodate their new twins. Even after moving, their continuing affection for our eclectic neighborhood solidified their decision to remain membership sponsors.

“It gets people in, and I get to see the people more frequently,” he said.

Outback on Union offers CYCA members a free appetizer, up to $7.29, with the purchase of an entrée. That would work out perfectly for me. My husband could eat the entrée, and I could hoard the free Bloomin’ Onion all for myself. And if you have not been to the Midtown Outback location recently, Kevin noted that they just finished remodeling the restaurant in May. Stop by and check it out, order up your free appetizer, and be sure to thank the proprietor for being a CYCA membership sponsor.

Next up is the neighborhood pizzeria Skunx Chef Pub, owned and operated by Duncan Aiken, at 2158 Young Ave.

Skunx is one of our newer membership sponsors, offering CYCA members a 10 percent discount every time they visit and show their membership card. Duncan said his decision to become a membership sponsor for the CYCA was an easy one.

“It’s the right thing to do. You should always have the neighborhood’s support,” he said, remarking that CY is his “stomping ground”. He feels Cooper-Young is like a family, and he enjoys a good relationship with other neighborhood restaurants and with the locals. In fact, he says he hopes to live inside the CY boundaries eventually, waxing dreamy at the idea of being able to simply walk to work.

Duncan noted that as of July, the restaurant has applied for its beer license and hopes to have that completed by Aug. 2. Until that is finalized, patrons are welcome to bring in their own beer, wine, or liquor. Residents of the neighborhood and surrounding areas should also be on the lookout for Skunx door hangers in the near future with the Skunx menu and additional coupons. Duncan sees it as his way of giving back to the community.


If you’d like to enjoy these discounts and give back to the community, too, join Outback Steakhouse-Midtown and Skunx Chef Pub by supporting the Cooper-Young Community Association. Your membership is your ticket to the discounts at the locally owned businesses highlighted here and your contribution to the community organization whose mission is to make Cooper-Young a safer and more desirable place to live, worship, work, and play. You can join online at www.cooperyoung.org, by visiting the CYCA office at 2298 Young Ave., by telephoning our community director at 272-2922, or by filling out the membership form in this newspaper. Thank you to our membership sponsors and to our members for all your support!

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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