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U of M Sub Shop Finds New Home

Super Submarine Sandwich Shop is moving along with its plans to relocate from its long-standing location on the Highland Avenue strip near the University of Memphis.

A $141,000 building permit has been applied with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for Highland Super Sub Shop’s interior and exterior remodel of the old Captain D’s restaurant space at 3316 Summer Ave.

Peili Chen and Junwei Hun, owners of Super Submarine Sandwich Shop (also known as Chinese Sub Shop), bought the Summer Avenue space in January for $210,000. Built in 1977, the 2,872-square-foot freestanding space includes a drive-thru and sits on 0.7 acres near North Holmes Street.

Alexander Construction LLC is the contractor for its build-out construction.

Hun said Super Submarine Sandwich Shop has about two more months left at its 671 S. Highland St. location. The eatery has been a staple in the community for more than 35 years.

The property owner of the 9,628-square-foot strip center at 612 S. Highland St. that the sub shop and also novelty shop Whatever currently operate out of is under contract to sell it to a new owner that will allegedly raze it for a new development. Palmer Brothers Inc. manages the Highland property for the estate of Marion J. Madison.

Whatever, which has been housed at 610 S. Highland St. for more than 40 years, plans to move across the street into the space that formerly housed Double Deuce, next to what is now Juicy Jim’s, by summer.

Memphis Restaurateur to Offer Small-Group Tours to Europe

Michel Leny, who opened his award-winning Café Society restaurant in Midtown’s Evergreen Historic District more than two decades ago, will be serving up something entirely different in 2013: Travel to Europe.

Leny will begin conducting tours to the parts of Europe where he grew up, in Belgium and France. Working with Memphis-based Peacock Travel Group, Leny plans to lead several small groups on tours that will include out-of-the way spots and top restaurants not usually offered by larger tour groups.

Michel Leny of Cafe Society

“A number of my customers have asked me about taking them on some type of guided tour of the part of Europe that I know and love,” Leny said. “I’ve been contemplating the idea for a few years and have decided to take a stab at it.

“I think I will be able to provide expertise not always offered by larger firms. My groups will be small and intimate – only about eight to 12 – and we’ll visit some wonderful places and dine in some superb restaurants not usually offered.”

Tricia Peacock, owner of Peacock Travel Group, a franchisee of Travel Leaders, said she’s “been after (Leny) for more than a year to do something like this.”

“He’s perfect for this – not only because of his knowledge of food and the area, but also because of his charm and personality,” Peacock said.

While some details are not yet finalized, Leny’s first trip is scheduled for May. A special New Year’s holiday in Paris also is being planned.

Those interested in one of Leny’s up-close and personal tours of Belgium and France should call Peacock or Julie Butler at 527-1991.

Café Society, at 212 N. Evergreen St., will remain open and Leny said he plans to remain strongly involved with all facets of the restaurant. Leny fashioned the restaurant, which he began in 1987, using lessons and ideas he had learned from his father, who was the head chef at the world-famous Maxim’s in Paris.

In 2011, Café Society welcomed new owner Chef Cullen Kent, a 2007 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Kent and Leny continue the tradition of International cuisine emphasizing Belgian influences and classic French food.

Fred Smith Talks Energy, Corporate Tax Code

Fred Smith, the founder, chairman, CEO and president of Memphis-based FedEx Corp., thinks the most substantial action the U.S. can take to stimulate the economy is two-fold.

First, we need to continue to promote the production of U.S. energy.

“When we produce a barrel of oil or natural gas in this country, we get about 80 or 90 percent of the benefit,” Smith told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “If we have to import energy, it’s about a dime. So it has a multiplier effect on our economy.”

Secondly, Smith said the nation’s corporate tax code needs to be reformed.

“It’s unfair, it’s not productive. Most importantly, it dissuades capital investment and capital investment is almost perfectly correlated with job creation,” Smith said. “That’s why we still have very high unemployment relative to past recoveries.”

Get the full scoop – including Smith’s thoughts on moderate GDP growth, China’s big changes ahead, and his daughter Molly’s movie productions – by clicking on the image below.

Travel + Leisure Names Memphis Accents ‘Charming’

Based on our local southern accent that is “a mix of city and country,” readers of Travel + Leisure ranked Memphis as No. 6 out of 20 of America’s Most Charming Accents.

Despite our “gritty”-ness, they loved our city’s affordability and simple pleasures, like flea markets and legendary barbecue.

Brass Door to Throw St. Paddy’s Day Bash

There will be two days of live music from 10 different bands, food

and drink specials, and green as far as the eye can see.

Downtown Irish pub The Brass Door, 152 Madison Ave., is

preparing for its first annual Celtic Festival and St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which will attract the masses to the Madison block in between Second and Third streets on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.

The celebration will feature a performance by Dublin-based Delorentos, a personal favorite of Brass Door partner Seamus Loftus.

“They’re this up-and-coming, brilliant young Irish band and they’re rock ‘n’ roll, they’re not a traditional Irish band,” Loftus said.

“They’re coming directly from South by Southwest.”

Other attractions of The Brass Door’s St. Paddy’s Day bash include the restaurant’s famous fish and chips as well as food trucks Fuel and Graze.

Last year during The Brass Door’s celebration of St. Paddy’s Day, 1,000 people filled the block.

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