Food News: Cooper juice bar opens and more

Alternative band Poodle Brandy performing at the I Love Juice Bar grand opening.

Alternative band Poodle Brandy performing at the I Love Juice Bar grand opening.

I Love Juice Bar opened its doors at 533 Cooper on September 19th, the same day as the Cooper-Young Festival down the street. To fit in with the festivities the grand opening of the area’s newest and most unique eatery featured games of “Juice Pong,” free samples and giveaways, and live music.

Located in the spot formerly occupied Inz & Outs, I Love Juice Bar offers fresh-made juices for customers looking for nutritious as well as delicious and convenient food options. Overwhelmingly vegetarian, gluten-free, and organic when possible, I Love Juice Bar uses 100 percent whole fruits and vegetables.

“We are a ‘I want to eat healthy and feel great” type place, offering yummies like our Super Greens juice with local wheat grass or our super foods salad with kale, spinach, organic quinoa and fresh-juiced lemon dressing,” says Scott Tashie, owner of I Love Juice Bar and Comic Coconut in East Memphis. “In season, we purchase directly from local farms whenever possible and take great pride in offering an assortment of items from other local partners year-round. We are truly delighted to create great-tasting, super-nutritious juices, smoothies, and foods. ”

I Love Juice Bar focuses on fresh juices and smoothies made-to-order with local ingredients; essential oil shots, such as the Digestive Aid, Sniffle Stopper and Energizer; and gourmet vegetarian fare, such as salads, spring rolls, and soups. Juices and smoothies start at $5.50 for a 16oz and $7.50 for a 24oz. Essential oils cost $3.00 for 1oz.

Juice and smoothie highlights include:  Sweet Greens Juice with apple, kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, and lemon; Orange You Glad Juice with carrot, apple, pineapple, lemon, ginger, and mint; Blue Chocolotta Smoothie with cocoa powder, almond butter, blueberries, bananas, and coconut milk; and Smooth Beet Smoothie with juiced beets, carrots, apples, pineapple, mango, lemon, and ginger

I Love Juice Bar also gives customers a “mix your own” option while also offering juice cleanses.

“Juicing and healthy eating should be convenient and affordable,” says Tashie. “We saw a need in the Memphis dining scene and felt the I Love Juice Bar concept perfectly suited folks living a health-conscious lifestyle and seeking quick, healthy juice options that are cost-effective. Put simply, I Love Juice Bar makes it ‘no-excuses easy.’ You can order via our app and quickly pick up your delicious juice while not breaking the bank.”

The 1,800-square-foot Cooper-Young location has seating for 50, including an intimate patio overlooking Cooper, and features a rustic, industrial style with warm, wooden accents contrasting the stainless steel, and signature lime green punches throughout the space. The I Love Juice Bar green VW bus acts as an extension of the concept, motoring around town offering samples and supporting local events.

I Love Juice Bar is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Takeout is available and expedited through the I Love Juice Bar app available for iPhone and Android. For more information, please visit: www.ilovejuicebar.com, call 901-433-9236, or find them on Facebook @juicebarmidtownmemphis, Instagram at @ilovejuicebar901, or Twitter at H#ilovejuicebar901 and #ilovejuicebar.

Food Briefs

 More changes are afoot at Celtic Crossing, which recently celebrated 10 years in Cooper-Young with a complete remodel. Celtic recently announced the promotion of Will Renick to head chef and kitchen manager.

Renick joined the Celtic team in 2012 as sous chef. A Mississippi native, he worked in the kitchen at Kalos Tavern, a restaurant that put a Southern twist on traditional Greek food, while attending the University of Mississippi in Oxford where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and minor in sociology. He worked in several kitchens in the area before running his own restaurant, Square Meals in Ashland, Mississippi, for three years.

As head chef at Celtic, Renick plans to broaden the clientele by creating new dishes to enhance the delicious flavors found in Irish foods while continuing to include the best quality ingredients and preparation of food.

“I love the traditional Irish dishes on Celtic’s menu, but I want to change misconceptions surrounding Irish food,” Renick said. “It’s more than just meat and potatoes.”

In addition to announcing Renick’s promotion and Saturday brunch, Celtic Crossing rolled out nine new handcrafted cocktails including the Jameson Jewel, made with peach schnapps, pineapple juice, Blue Curacao and Jameson; the Irish Mule made with Jameson, ginger beer and lime; the Celtic Crush made with orange vodka, peach schnapps, Triple Sec and orange juice; the Lady Leprechaun made with raspberry vodka, sour apple, lime juice, and cranberry; and the Nutty Irishman made with Irish cream, hazelnut liqueur, vanilla vodka, coffee and whipped cream.

• This year’s Cooper-Young Festival also saw the grand opening of City Market, the neighborhood’s latest grocery at 836 S. Cooper.

City Market is combination grocery and deli, with a full menu of soups and sandwiches, salad and juice bars, and a beer cave. Owned by the husband and wife team of Hamida and Sunny Mandani, this is the second City Market location in Memphis. The original opened in 2010 downtown at 66 S. Main. The Mandani’s also own the downtown liquor store Quench.

 Cooper-Young home cooking favorite Soul Fish is expanding, both in the neighborhood and out.

Soul Fish, known for its fried catfish and Southern-style sides, recently began work on expanding its original location at 862 S. Cooper. The lot to the north or the restaurant and has been razed and will become parking for an expansion of the 1,800 square foot restaurant.

In addition, Soul Fish, which also has locations in East Memphis and Germantown, is opening its first location outside of Shelby County. The restaurant is set to break ground on a new Little Rock restaurant, its first to be located in a downtown district, this month.

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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