Downtown Memphis Neighborhood's Grand Openings, Re-Openings, New Additions and Congratulations

Something Old...

Can’t afford a luxurious trip to Italy? Neither can we! So how about an alternative suggestion? Catherine and Mary’s, a restaurant with a menu chock full of old world yums from Tuscany and Sicily. 

The newest addition to Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman's family of restaurants, located in the newly renovated Chisca Apartments, will not disappoint. From carefully crafted cocktails to outstanding service and superior Italian inspired dishes - Catherine and Mary's is EXACTLY what downtown Memphis was missing! Whether you're wanting to indulge with a post-work cocktail, celebrate a milestone or need a venue that exudes ambiance, Catherine and Mary's has it all. 

The folks behind the scenes at Catherine and Mary's do a fantastic job posting upcoming wine dinners, specials and monthly menu items so be sure to follow them on their social media channels. Enjoy and Mangiamo!

Something New...

"Eat Fresh" at the brand spanking new Subway restaurant located at the corner of 2nd Street and Union downtown. 

The grand opening took place on Wednesday, November 30th. The store opens at 7 a.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Something Borrowed...

The Grand Re-Opening of Kooky Canuck’s is now underway! The restaurant moved down a few doors from its former location on 2nd Street and boasts the same great food with a gorgeous new bar and handsome interior features, some features borrowed from the old location. 

Happy hour specials include $2.50 well drinks, domestic bottles and wine Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m., $.75 wings and draft specials on NFL Mondays and Thursdays and $5 - 34 oz Specialty Cocktails on Tuesdays. Be sure not to miss their annual New Year's Eve Party and to find out more about Kooky's upcoming events visit

Something Blue...

As you’re cruising down Union Avenue you can’t help but notice the blazing blue “Belle A Southern Bistro” sign atop the venue…And in case you missed it, the restaurant has a new reason to visit - Belle Tavern! 

Not only does Belle Tavern showcase a full bar with thirst quenching cocktails, but a food menu featuring bar bites, salads and sandwiches. Check out the modern styled Memphis speakeasy from 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 12-10 p.m. on Sundays.

Though the Tavern's website is "under construction," their cocktail, food menu and photos are available here:

And Congratulations!

Last but certainly not least, a big CONGRATULATIONS to McEwen’s on Monroe who recently made OpenTable’s “Top 10 Diners' Choice Winners” list! 

Check out who else made the list here:


Prepare for thousands of Santa look-alikes, elves and reindeer to descend upon downtown, carrying unwrapped toys in one hand, and a festive beverage in the other. This Saturday, December 3rd will mark the 12th anniversary of Memphis' largest pub crawl, the Stumbling Santa. 

The pub crawl starts at 7pm at the Flying Saucer, and proceeds to a different, undisclosed location every hour, on the hour. The thousands of participants dress as their favorite holiday characters, and bring unwrapped gifts donated to Porter-Leath. Last year, the event collected over 6,000 toys for Porter-Leath children.

The Stumbling Santa event started thanks to Bob Burdett and Roland Shapley. It started in an apartment with 20 or so people "looking to spread cheer and run around in Santa costumes," says Burditt.

"We thought it would be hysterical. I think it was our second year or so when we thought it would be good to do something charitable with all of this." They found the perfect match in Porter-Leath, who needed toys at Christmas.

The participation basically doubled each year to more than ~3,000 attendees now.  "It was quite amazing how fast it grew," says Burditt. "In the beginning, we started at Ernestine's and rode the trollies to the Flying Saucer. That was the fun part about a small group is that we were nimble and could go wherever we wanted to.  Eventually, it became too large to manage and only a small number of venues could hold us."

He recalls one of the years walking through the Peabody mall and the hotel lobby.  "Everyone was sort of in shock back then to see about 200 Santas marching through the mall together. The security guards at the mall weren't happy that we showed up and started to keep us out but there were too many of us."

Advise for newcomers from Stumbling Santa organizer Kirk Caliendo is "Pay as you go at the pubs. Starting and closing tabs in a crowd of thousands gets cumbersome at all locations."

To celebrate the 12th year of the event, they will be tenting the street on Second and Peabody place. DJ Superman will be hosting a pre- and post-party. They are also giving away two bikes and a canoe this year to pub crawl finishers at the end of the event in front of the Flying Saucer.

So come to the Flying Saucer at 7pm this Saturday, Dec 3rd dressed as Santa or a North Pole helper. There is no cost to participate, but please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Porter-Leath (or make a $20 donation).

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Porter-Leath has an overwhelming need for Preschooler toys (ages 3-5) and for infants (birth to age 2). No toy weapons, items with small parts, stuffed animals (unless they're bagged/sealed). If you need ideas, check out this "Toy Ideas" page-

See you there!




By Jim Walker

Clockwise -- Joan Robinson, Anna Grehan, Barbara Standing, Ken Hudson, past DNA president, Terry Woodard and Marcy Siebert

Clockwise -- Joan Robinson, Anna Grehan, Barbara Standing, Ken Hudson, past DNA president, Terry Woodard and Marcy Siebert

Downtown Memphis’ Bleu Restaurant was the destination for big hearts and good times on Sunday, Nov. 13, as the annual Do Good With Food fund-and-food-raiser brought in 212 pounds of protein and nearly $1,400 for the Mid-South Food Bank. And, at this writing, money was still coming in.

“I received a check just this morning,” organizer Marcy Siebert said on Nov. 20, a full week after the event.

Gorgeous weather and a giving spirit brought out nearly 60 guests for the noon-to-3 p.m. brunch, where they enjoyed great food and fine hospitality at Bleu, enlivened by the excellent music of local favorites Pam and Terry. A good time was had by all, with several of the attendees, including Siebert, unwilling to give up the party until after the sun went down.

World's best champagne servers

World's best champagne servers

“Many bottles of champagne were consumed,” Siebert noted proudly. And she added, “Bleu was such a generous host, and the entertaining was easy, which made for a delightful afternoon for all – and it was all for a good cause.”

She pointed out that both the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the South Main Association generously donated funds to the food bank, as organizations, and that numerous individuals from both associations, and their friends, did likewise. And, of course, the monetary donations were accompanied by heavyweight donations of nonperishable food.

Pam and Terry

Pam and Terry

David Stephens, the Mid-South Food Bank’s Community Relations Manager, said that the 212 pounds of food brought in through the event translates into 177 meals, and that the $1,400 raised translates into another 4,200 meals. In thanking Siebert, he said, “So, your efforts so far are that 4,377 people will receive their next meal. What a blessing!”

“Look for this event to be even better next year,” Siebert said.

For more information on the Mid-South Food Bank visit


The date for the DNA/SMA combined year-ending and season-celebrating holiday party has been set for Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jack Robinson Gallery will be the setting and all DNA and SMA members and their friends are invited.

The festivities will include catering by Rizzo’s, featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres, and there will be a cash bar for wine and beer. Live music will be provided by Eddie Harrison, with a leaning toward jazz and blues. Come as you are or dress up in your colorful, merry best.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the year is winding down, and this will be your last opportunity to gather with all your association friends in such a fun atmosphere.

Marcy Siebert, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association for 2017, said, “Last year was an absolute blast. So come celebrate the holidays with your neighbors. Be there or be square.”

Jack Robinson Gallery is located at 400 South Front Street (enter off Huling). Visit for gallery information.