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Raw Girls food truck vacates Overton Square

(UPDATE – The truck’s location this weekend has been changed from Muddy’s Grind House to Eclectic Eye, 242 Cooper.)

Hannah and Amy Pickle, the owners of the Raw Girls food truck that had recently become a fixture at Overton Square, will be parked at Muddy’s Grind House in Cooper-Young this weekend.

The Raw Girls owners also have thanked the community for their support via a Facebook message that came in the wake of the truck being told to leave the square. In response to being told to relocate – a statement from Loeb read, in part, that the truck’s offerings represented a potential and unspecified conflict with those of existing square tenants – Amy wrote on Facebook that the community support “has been amazing.” The truck also, she said, has been offered parking “in some very premium lots around midtown and beyond. Memphis rocks!”

A Loeb representative told one news outlet this week that Raw Girls had been offered two alternative locations to relocate to.

From Amy’s Facebook response:

“We’ve appreciated our time in Overton Square. Everyone involved with operations treated us exceptionally well. However, we were unaware of a “3 month trial period” and were told we could be there every day as long as we liked. As for 2 alternative locations, we were told of 1 location that was in the works on Central and Cooper. It’s not ready for occupation. We were given 2 days to stop our operation completely. We wanted nothing more than to be able to service midtown, an area of the city that’s truly underserved by healthier options.”

It’s full steam ahead, meanwhile, for Raw Girls, which according to Hannah Pickle has been invited to park this weekend at Muddy’s Grind House at 585 S. Cooper., Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Restaurateur Taylor Berger posted a short essay to his personal website in recent days about the episode.

“What happened? Did a restaurant within 300 feet of the trailer activate their rights under the city food truck ordinance?” he wrote. “Did somebody at Loeb Properties decide they didn’t like pastel colors on their parking lot? In the end it doesn’t matter. As we learned to phrase in law school, the Raw Girls didn’t have the right sticks in their bundle. They have to move, and they really have no recourse but to choose to do so with resentment or serenity.

“Amy and Hannah do a lot of yoga. Maybe that’s what helped them come to such an enlightened conclusion when their first real estate deal went south. “It’s a blessing. We had signed a contract over a month ago to finish our cookbook proposal and haven’t had a minute to write the first word. There’s pressure to get something on paper, so we are taking a week or so to focus on that before launching in a new spot.”

Another fitness-focused tenant at Overton Square

Cardio Barre, a high energy, no-impact exercise class that combines dance-based barre work and light weights, signed a 2,310-square-foot lease on second floor space in Overton Square, the third lease signed by a fitness-focused user at Overton Square.
“We really are assembling a nice mix of health-conscious tenants at Overton Square,” said Aaron Petree, who represented the landlord, Loeb Properties INC. “We think the unique fitness specialties of CARDIO BARRE, Breakaway Running and Delta Groove Yoga are all nice compliments to the variety of cuisine in the area and the arts experiences offered by the area’s theatres.”
“The increased daytime traffic generated by CARDIO BARRE also makes Overton Square more attractive to other retail operators,” said Petree. “We are very excited that they are joining us.”
CARDIO BARRE, a franchise founded by choreographer and dancer Richard Giorla, offers the benefits of ballet training with fat-burning and muscle-sculpting exercises that do not involve any of the usual suspects – no kicking, no punching and no jumping up and down. The exercise focuses on on a steady flowing set of movements that lengthen and strengthen muscles.
Native Memphian Allison Steward is the franchisee.
“When I returned to Memphis, I was searching for a fitness program to bring the maximum benefit of fitness and dance combined,” said Steward, who studied as a dance major at Loyola Marymount University and pursued a dancing career in Los Angeles.

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