News Briefs: Aldo’s Pizza, C-Y 4 Miler, 883 Barksdale, Autobahn

Aldo’s Pizza Pies to deliver new life to Two Way Inn

Aldo’s Pizza Pies, a popular downtown restaurant, has announced it is opening its second location.

The pizzeria will move into 752 S. Cooper, formerly home of the Two Way Inn. Owner Aldo Dean, who also runs downtown’s Bar Dog Tavern and the Slider Inn on Peabody, is currently renovating the space and adding a deck. He expects the new restaurant, which will have largely the same menu as the flagship location including specialty pizzas, salads, and sandwiches, to employ 25-30 full- and part-time employees. He is also planning on developing a deep partnership with Cooper-Young based beer maker Memphis Made Brewing.

Planning begins for C-Y 4 Miler

The Cooper-Young 4 Miler, the kickoff to fall’s Cooper-Young Festival is September 12, but preparations are already under way. Cooper-Young Community Association organizers are asking residents to start thinking about a theme for their Light the Way party which can possibly win a prize. Meanwhile, race participants are encouraged to start training for the four-mile jog through the best neighborhood in the city. The CYCA is also looking for volunteers to work the event. Anyone who wants to host a party at their house along the race route can register any time with the CYCA office.

Update: 883 Barsksdale changes

On June 10th, Cooper-Young Community Association staff and members were joined by Ahmed Saffarini and his lawyer Patrick Bensinger to hear about proposed changes to Saffarini’s development project at 883 South Barksdale. After receiving feedback from the Board of Adjustments as well as the CYCA Board and neighborhood residents, Saffarini plans to modify his project from a four-unit structure to a duplex. He explained that the duplex will follow the craftsmen-style bungalow design. Each unit will be 3 bedrooms with approximately 2,500 square feet and will have an enclosed two car garage as well as patio space.

Mr. Saffarini then took comments from residents about his proposed changes. The most common questions related to the overall style of the construction; nearby neighbors are most concerned that the building conforms to the overall feel of the Cooper-Young neighborhood. Mr. Saffarini was eager to hear specific design suggestions, and some recommended that he consult with an architect familiar with the area.

New plans for this development will be presented to the Board of Adjustments on July 23rd.  Mr. Saffarini has assured residents that he will share these plans with the CYCA prior to this hearing so that we may share them with the neighborhood for feedback.  These plans are expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

Owner puts C-Y landmark up for sale

After almost 40 years in business at the same location, Brian Ragghianti, owner of Autobahn Garage at 2218 Central Avenue, is putting the building up for sale.

The 1,438 square foot building was built in 1924. Ragghianti opened his car service center in the location in 1975 and bought the building five years later. His 39 years have made him the building’s longest occupant.

Ragghianti has said he hopes the location can remain a garage, but he understands that the changing character of Cooper-Young may make that impossible.

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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