New restaurant coming to Overton Square will help feed homeless

New restaurant coming to Overton Square will help feed homeless

A new Overton Square restaurant is getting a lot of buzz.

The talk about Bogard’s is not just about the food, but also about feeding the homeless through the Mid-South Food Bank.

Owner Edward Bogard said the newest restaurant coming to Overton Square will have a Southern-inspired menu. 

“It's everything from fried green tomatoes shrimp and grits all of our favorites, right?" Bogard said.   

The idea is to not only serve customers but also help the homeless.

Two percent of sales from the restaurant will be donated to the Mid-South Food Bank.

“The projected goal of the first year providing just over right at 100,000 meals actually,” Bogard said.

Bogard also started SO GIV, a charitable organization that raises awareness and money for charitable causes. 

During that time he raised thousands for the Mid-South Food Bank and worked together with former Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins and his charitable organization.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar opens its doors in Midtown

Hopdoddy Burger Bar opens its doors in Midtown

A new Midtown burger bar is opening its doors.

Monday is the first day for Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Overton Square.

It's located at the corner of Cooper Street and Madison Avenue--taking over the former YoLo spot.

They specialize in burgers, but also serve fresh salads, handspun milkshakes and offers a full bar.

Business hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

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People from all over the world come to Memphis to celebrate New Year's Eve

People from all over the world come to Memphis to celebrate New Year's Eve

Beale wasn't the only place where you can find a party. At Overton Square, crowds stuck inside at Lafayette's Music Room for some warmth and good music. 

"It's going to be a wild party, so Beale Street is going to be a blast for the tourists. For the locals, we got something great for Memphis," Julian Salley, manager of Lafayette's, said.

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Babalu hosting pop-up shop for cancer patient

Babalu hosting pop-up shop for cancer patient

This week, a local restaurant is helping to raise money for a Memphis cancer patient. 

In 2015, 12-year-old Micah was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that often occurs in and around the bones.

Doctors quickly removed Micah's femur and put in a titanium rod.

This Wednesday, Babalu in Overton Square will host Micah's Taco Shop.

Babalu will donate $1 from every taco sold to help Micah’s family pay for his ongoing medical costs.

If you’re unable to stop by, you can also donate to his GoFundMe page.

For more information, click here.

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Running legend Bill Rodgers visits Memphis Thanksgiving weekend

Running legend Bill Rodgers visits Memphis Thanksgiving weekend

On Saturday morning, Rodgers will run with a group led by Mike Cody, the former Tennessee Attorney General, U.S. Attorney and Memphis City Councilman who grabbed his first headlines as a 1950s running star at East High School who excelled on the track for Southwestern at Memphis, now known as Rhodes College.

After running, Rodgers will head for Breakaway Running in Overton Square for a book signing at 10 a.m. Rodgers will feel right at home at Breakaway. The running star and his brother Charlie operated a running store called the Bill Rodgers Running Center for 35 years, a must-see for running aficionados visiting Boston for its marathon. The Rodgers brothers closed the store in 2012.

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Overton Square restaurant cooks Thanksgiving dinner for St. Jude families

Overton Square restaurant cooks Thanksgiving dinner for St. Jude families

An Overton Square restaurant is making sure families staying at the St. Jude Target House have a Thanksgiving meal.

Stanley BBQ grilled hundreds of pounds of turkey that will be served to the St. Jude families.

This is the fourth year the restaurant owner has put together the meal. He was inspired by a friend who had a nephew die from cancer.

"We want to feed these families Thanksgiving dinner and try to take their minds off of things. Get things as close to home as they can be and kind of take the worry off of things for the afternoon," Stanley BBQ owner David Walker said.

The restaurant also had a band and a donation jar so customers could support the Target house.

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Local business owners prepare for Small Business Saturday

Local business owners prepare for Small Business Saturday

Small businesses are looking to make their mark during this year's holiday season. Locally owned businesses are pulling out the stops to lure customers inside their stores.

This Saturday marks the sixth annual Small Business Saturday and local shops, such as those in Overton Square, are preparing for the day that has become increasingly important to local economies across the nation.

"Being active on Small Business Saturday and every other day just stimulates your economy," Leena Mincey with Sweet Noshings said. "What it does is creates jobs for everybody."

At Sweet Noshings in Overton Square, customers can snag a sweet treat and hopefully a smile to go with it. That's something you might not get from a big box store.

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