Memphis' historic music room returns with soul food

Memphis' historic music room returns with soul food

Memphis is renowned as one of the top cities in the world for enjoying live music, and Lafayette’s Music Room combines this with a historical trip back in time. Before the famous Beale Street Entertainment District was created as a pedestrianized cluster of bars and venues, Overton Square was the city’s beating heart spot for live music and theater. After years of decline, the neighborhood is suddenly hot again, arguably the trendiest in Memphis, with new restaurants, shops and brewpubs. Back in the '70s, the last heyday of Overton Square, Lafayette’s was the place that up-and-coming acts wanted to play and the likes of Billy Joel, KISS, Barry Manilow and Styx all took the stage here. The bar closed for 38 years before reopening in 2014 amidst the neighborhood’s resurgence. It has since become one of the city’s hot spots for live music fans again.

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Memphis' Belly Acres Is the Place to Be for Burgers

Memphis' Belly Acres Is the Place to Be for Burgers

If Eva Gabor — known to generations of us as Lisa Douglas, the glam Hungarian wife of TV millionaire-turned-farmer Oliver Douglas (Eddie Albert) — owned a restaurant, it would have been Belly Acres in Memphis. The Overton Square burger joint that promises a "citified fresh" experience doesn't disappoint, whether you're talking décor or dining.

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