VOL. 127 | NO. 7 | Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Double J Smokehouse Replacing Beignet Cafe
By Sarah Baker
Beignet Café and Blues Bar in Downtown Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District is being replaced with a new restaurant venture.
The two-story dining room at 124 G.E. Patterson Ave. is being filled by Double J Smokehouse and Saloon. The new eatery – owned by Jeff Stamm and other investors – will feature a variety of ribs and steaks, said building owner Norma Crow, who leases the space.
“We’re in there remodeling right now and it’s going to really be nice,” Crow said. “I’m excited about it and I think everybody else will be.”
Charles Duke, owner of the Beignet Café, opened the New Orleans-inspired restaurant in April 2009. Crow said Duke was gracious to the community for its support but was unable to continue with the business for personal reasons.
“It was just due to Charles’ other obligations and he had the opportunity to make a change,” Crow said.
Crow, a Nashville investor, bought the 7,318-square-foot land at 124 G.E. Patterson in 2007 and completely renovated it, adding 2,000 square feet onto the building. Prior to the Beignet Café, the space housed the Tri-State Defender.
Double J Smokehouse and Saloon plans to open Feb. 4, Crow said.