$16M building permit brings Overton Square hotel closer to reality

$16M building permit brings Overton Square hotel closer to reality

A $16 million building permit was filed Monday for The Memphian Hotel, a boutique hotel development planned for Overton Square. 

The full project is expected to cost more than $24 million. The Memphian Hotel will be seven stories and about 100 rooms next door to the Hattiloo Theatre between Trimble Place and Monroe Avenue at 21 S. Cooper St. 

The project, led by Loeb Properties, was first announced in 2017 when developers were granted a 15-year tax break worth more than $6 million.

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The Memphis Theater That's Performing Blackness Unapologetically

The Memphis Theater That's Performing Blackness Unapologetically

MEMPHIS—When Ekundayo Bandele invited a group of journalists to tour Hattiloo, his independent theater in Memphis, he spoke as much about the community surrounding it as he did the plays performed inside. For most people who want to visit Hattiloo Theatre, they’d just go online and buy tickets. But for kids who live in certain areas of the neighborhood where the theater is located, they need a hood pass—literally.

A local gang controls a route on the way to the theater, located in the Overton Square Performing Arts District, through which some neighborhood kids must pass but can’t in fear of being attacked. So Bandele did what any theater director would do: negotiate safe passage for the kids.

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WEB EXTRA: Memphis restaurant honors World War II veteran on 75th anniversary of D-Day

WEB EXTRA: Memphis restaurant honors World War II veteran on 75th anniversary of D-Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A local restaurant honored a World War II veteran on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

A huge crowd greeted Lieutenant Robert “Bob“ Bedford Thursday evening at Bosco’s in Overton Square. Bedford gave an eyewitness account of what happened on the shores of France 75 years ago.

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Beifuss: I watched 'Wedding at Graceland'. The Hallmark movie loads up on Elvis and sights of Memphis.

Beifuss: I watched 'Wedding at Graceland'. The Hallmark movie loads up on Elvis and sights of Memphis.

Clay's parents are informal and fun-loving, Laurel's are "tasteful and traditional." In a lengthy scene set in Lafayette's Music Room in Overton Square, Laurel's parents react to the party atmosphere and "loud" music as if they had wandered into GG Allin's concert at the Antenna. But Lafayette's looks spacious and attractive onscreen, as do such other recognizable locations as B.B. King's Blue Club, a Harbor Town neighborhood, the Greenbelt Park on Mud Island, Mednikow Jewelers, and the Peabody lobby and roof, where the famed ducks waddle by for a web-footed cameo. (Not every Memphis location in the film is actually seen: In a song about "Memphis nights," the vocalist at Lafayette's longs to go "back to that booth at the P&H").

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New Eats: Impossible Burger at Hopdoddy

New Eats: Impossible Burger at Hopdoddy

The difference in appearance was minimal. My patty was thinner, but it had a pink center and looked like meat. Our other burger, the one made of beef, was definitely more visually appealing, but it was also topped with mushrooms, goat cheese and pesto. Mine didn’t smell like a burger to me (some think it does), but the truth was in the first bite.

It tasted like meat. Not like a veggie burger, not like a black bean burger. Meat. I ordered it straight from the menu, with cheese and dressed simply with tomato, onion and lettuce, and asked for the sauce on the side. Second bite, just as good, then I added the Sassy Sauce, a blend of mayo, honey mustard and horseradish. Still good.

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The Peach Truck returns to Memphis: Dates, Times, Places

The Peach Truck returns to Memphis: Dates, Times, Places

The Peach Truck will return to Memphis this spring, bringing with them thousands of fresh Georgia peaches for purchase. 

The Peach Truck has scheduled two same-day stops in Memphis on Monday, June 17; They'll be at Colonial Hardware, located at 6140 Macon Road from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m., before moving to Overton Square where they'll be slinging peaches from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

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