VOL. 129 | NO. 248 | Monday, December 22, 2014
By Andy Meek
Tamp & Tap, the name of the popular Downtown coffee shop and restaurant, is an allusion to both espresso – which is tamped for compression before going into the machine – and also kegs of beer, which are tapped.
Employees Misty Mann and Kamron Rashid assist customers at Tamp & Tap’s Downtown location. The coffee shop and restaurant will expand to East Memphis at Triad Centre III.
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But Tamp & Tap itself is much more than that, something co-owner Daniel Flanagan says he’s now keen to demonstrate in East Memphis, where the popular Downtown coffee shop and restaurant is planning to open in space on the ground floor of Triad Centre III at 6070 Poplar Ave.
When Tamp & Tap first opened Downtown in 2013, Taylor Berger told The Daily News his group saw a gap for a kind of “lounge place” Downtown and envisioned people going to the area to see a show or attend a Grizzlies game or even who live Downtown wanting to visit a place that’s not as wild as a traditional bar.
The venture – which had been pursued since last winter by Highwoods Properties Inc. to expand east – is also known for things like artisan sandwiches, fresh salads and for a unique brunch. Flanagan added the new location will provide a specialized catering menu and will offer delivery to customers and offices nearby the new location, embedded as it is in the heart of a densely populated block of Class A office buildings along the Poplar corridor.
The new location also will have local beers on tap, a “diverse offering” of bottled beer and nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee, in addition to a selection of wines.
“The food menu will mirror our menu Downtown, which we change slightly a couple times per year to take advantage of exceptional seasonal produce,” Flanagan said. “We also have a complete selection of loose-leaf teas and other specialty beverages. We have a rotating, ever-changing assortment of fresh pastries, almost all of which are made from scratch just like our sandwich loaves which have undoubtedly contributed to the overwhelmingly positive feedback and reviews we’ve enjoyed since opening 18 months ago.”
Tamp & Tap serves coffee, beer and food at its Downtown location. An East Memphis store will take advantage of its popularity with the brunch crowd.
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Tamp & Tap’s lease agreement with Highwoods was finalized a couple of months ago with help from Fletcher Elkington of the Elkington Group. As far as the buildout and design, Flanagan said Tamp & Tap “will adhere to the gorgeous modern aesthetics of the eco-conscious Triad Centre III” and will include a small, more private area of the restaurant, with a large table aimed at providing customers with an area to host informal meetings and discussions.
Institutions such as Wunderlich Securities Inc. and Bank of America are adjacent to Triad Centre III, which itself houses businesses like Evolve Bank & Trust and the Apperson Crump law firm. Flanagan said Tamp & Tap hopes to also serve the nearby Crescent Center across the street, which is also a Highwoods property, and currently leased near full occupancy.
“We are a Third Wave Coffee (operation) and we partner with Metropolis Coffee to provide our coffee beans,” Flanagan said. “Metropolis is a roaster (and cafe) in Chicago specializing in single-origin fair trade coffee. However, we are more than just a coffee destination, as our regular lunch crowd Downtown (shows).”