• Just in time for Cooper-Young Festival, a pair of neighborhood restaurants opened their doors last month:
The first was the long-awaited unveiling of the refurbished and expanded original Soul Fish location at 862 S. Cooper. Owners Raymond Williams and Tiger Bryant, who in just the past year have opened new Soul Fish locations in East Memphis, Germantown, and Little Rock, are not ignoring their flagship operation. The $200,000 makeover, which closed the restaurant for a few weeks in its finally stages, has tripled the size of the kitchen, added seating, including a new patio, and doubled the available parking.
• Meanwhile, around the corner at 2156 in the space most recently vacated by Greencork, DWJ Korean Barbecue Restaurant opened. Already informally known as DWJ #2, the restaurant is second location of a popular restaurant on Hacks Cross in southeast Shelby County. It offers a variety of Korean specialties, including bibimbap, ramen, stir-fry, soups, and meats that can be cooked on tableside grills.
• Cooper-Young favorite Tart also recently announced it is expanding. The French-style Café which opened in 2014 is planning on opening a second location downtown, according to the restaurant’s manager Sleepy Johnson. The second Tart will be in the lobby of One Commerce Square. The move will allow Tart, which was sold last year to a silent owner with Johnson as chef and manager, to bring their fresh made bread production in house as well as offer their sandwiches, pastries, soups, and salads to downtown workers. The new space will open in November, but Johnson says they are already looking to take over the One Commerce Square restaurant space to open a brasserie as well.