Central BBQ Downtown Officially Opens Friday

Central BBQ will officially open its new Downtown location Friday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The 8,000-square-foot restaurant at 147 E. Butler Ave. in the South Main Historic Arts District has been completely renovated from a 74-year-old warehouse near Happy Mexican and The National Civil Rights Museum.

Central BBQ has been doing “test runs” the past few days Downtown. The location marks its third in Memphis, after stores on Central (original) and Summer avenues.

“We hope to have a funky barbecue joint like Midtown, but it’s going to be in the South Main area,” Roger Sapp, co-owner of Central BBQ, along with Craig and Elizabeth Blondis, told The Daily News in April. “We’ll have a lunch business and a night business, and we’ll occasionally have a little music on the weekends like we do on Central on the deck. We’ll have friendly to-go stuff that will go out quick if you want it and I’ll try not to have any lines like we have on Central.”

And as a side note, check out Larry Olmsted’s article in Forbes about Memphis being a great urban weekend escape.

“You will find few better ribs in the world than those served at Central Barbecue in Memphis,” he said.