Reports of Cooper Young's Death are Greatly Exaggerated

After it hit the news that Dish and Blue Fish were closing in the same week, some people were ready to write off Cooper Young as a failed experiment.  Memphis Flyer posted an update today on their food blog about the neighborhood’s recent restaurant turnover.

  • Blue Fish is being reopened today as The Reef
  • Grace is expanding into a spin-off restaurant/market Au Fond
  • New restaurant Sweet Grass is opening in Square Foods’ old location
  • Hints of some action in the works at Dish’s old spot

Check it out, there are good things on the horizon!


  1. It’s crazy, but what I’m most excited about is the fact that I will soon be able to walk down the street to purchase some fine cheeses.

  2. Brad, you are freakin’ awesome at making sure folks know what is going on in the area! I didn’t even know about Sweet Grass opening up, but I thought that maybe something was in the works since there has been insulation stacked up inside. Can’t wait to try out these new places! This is why Cooper Young rocks :)

  3. @Leslie: I know… I have fantasized about a place like this in Cooper Young for too long!
    @Kristan: Aw, shucks…. you sure know how to make a guy blush! :)

  4. I have to second the comment about walking for cheese. I’m in! I have never been more psyched about something coming to CY than Au Fond. We have talked almost weekly about why there isn’t something like that here already! Now it’s coming. We just need a Trader Joe’s over by the Kroc Center and we’re all set! ;-)

  5. Au Fond will also have NINE varieties of fair trade, organic coffee. I’m just saying.

  6. The Reef opened last night with a good crowd. I can’t wait to be able to walk to have breakfast in CY.

  7. @TennesseeDrew Coffee. Dude. Mark’s gonna have to tighten my purse strings when Au Fond opens. I betcha they will have chocolate, too.

  8. I like to think that if we can ride out any turbulence between now and the Kroc Center opening (and, more distant, the establishment of whatever redevelopment happens south of there on the fairgrounds) we will suddenly find CY to be more vibrant and sustainable than ever. One of our issues is lack of through traffic but I’m guessing new draws east of CY will bring more business and traffic into our neighborhoods. we already have tasted the downsides to that in the extreme (UM football, Memphest) but we’re all ready to enjoy some of the upsides as well.

    Eat and shop local. If only there was a decent wine shop down our way.

  9. Ditto on the wine shop in CY. Kimbrough is kind of close up on Union.

  10. I had dinner at The Reef on Saturday. Everything was delicious! And the prices were good. Most of the menu was less than $20, ranging from fish tacos and po boys for around $10-$11 and salmon and tuna entrees for around $17. It’s still BYOB w/o a corkage fee. They don’t have a license to serve alcohol yet. This past weekend their special was 35 cent raw oysters. You could get a dozen for around $4! They are going to continue their specials. Our awesome service, Stephanie, said they’ll even have hot wing specials eventually. CHECK IT OUT!!!

  11. Just finished my second meal at Au Fond Farmtable. The Hot Brown sandwich was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

  12. Same here John! Those pomme frites are addictive!!!

  13. I’m sorry, but that Au Fond logo is not winning me over.

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