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South Main Fever

South Main is seemingly becoming more vibrant by the day.

Grawemeyer’s, a full-service restaurant and bakery at 520 S. Main St., had its soft opening Thursday, March 22. It’s a work in progress since the restaurant is still waiting on its liquor license, but Grawemeyer’s is anticipating an early April grand opening.

In addition to homemade scones, cupcakes and muffins, the eatery will feature affordably priced food and drinks like salads, soups, sandwiches, baked goods and pizza. It also will have free wireless Internet access.

Michael Patrick, head chef around the corner at Rizzo’s Diner, will be assisting Grawemeyer’s sous and head chefs in formulating the menu, which will change daily.

Rizzo’s opened late last year at 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. Both Rizzo’s and Grawemeyer’s are owned by South Main developers and investors Mark and Cynthia Grawemeyer. Read more here.

The couple also owns women’s fashion boutique Everleah’s, which opened at 524 S. Main in December. Run by the Grawemeyer’s four daughters, the store is currently undergoing renovations to add a dressing room and four separate closets where each daughter will showcase their personal style.

Everleah’s theme is “timeless,” according to Emily Friddle, one of the daughters, and has vintage-style knick-knacks like books, mirrors and globes sprinkled in between its selection of apparel, jewelry and shoes.

Friddle said Everleah’s brother store, Sir Samuel’s, is slated to open by next month. That space, also owned by the Grawemeyer’s at 522 S. Main, will sell men’s clothing and accessories.

The Grawemeyer’s aren’t the only ones investing in Downtown Memphis’ historic arts district. Obsidian Public Relations recently relocated from a 1,700-square-foot space it was renting off Tennessee Street to an owner-occupied bay nearly twice as large at 493 S. Main. The firm had its sixth anniversary party and open house Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, Double J Smokehouse & Saloon opened earlier this month in the space formerly occupied by Beignet Café and Blues Bar at 124 G.E. Patterson. The eatery, owned by John Harris and Jeff Stamm, features a variety of steaks, ribs, barbecue and homemade Italian sausage.

What’s more, a celebrated barbecue restaurant is expected to open near South Main in the coming months, if all goes as planned with building permits, the owner told The Daily News recently.

Dansette

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