McEwen’s Partners to Open Cooper-Young Eatery

The owners of McEwen’s on Monroe are branching out of Downtown Memphis into Midtown’s restaurant and retail epicenter, Cooper-Young.

Bert Smythe and John Littlefield, operating partners of McEwen’s, are teaming up with Karen Roth of Erling Jensen and Soulfish’s Ben McLean to set up shop in the 5,200-square-foot space formerly occupied by Grace and Au Fond Farmtable, 938 and 940 S. Cooper St. The yet-to-be named eatery will feature small plates and trendy cocktails.

Jimmy Lewis with Rasberry Commercial Real Estate represented the tenant. James and Larry Block, also with Rasberry CRE, are the landlord reps.

From a location standpoint, Lewis said, the space is ideal. But from a space standpoint, this tenant is doing a 180 of the norm these days – leasing too much.

“It actually is larger than most restaurateurs would undertake – realistically, it’s 25 percent more space than this operation needs,” Lewis said. “That is one of the minor offsetting characteristics of the space, it’s a little bit large for what they’re trying to do, but they’ll make good use of the space. I think at the end of the day, they will be glad that they’ve got the extra space.”

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