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Not to start this thread off on a negative note, but it will be interesting to see what becomes of these two spaces. The views are unmatched.

The Kitchen at Shelby Farms to close at end of 2018





Shelby Farms Park plans to fill the restaurant space next to the FedEx Event Center as soon as possible. The Kitchen has occupied the space since it opened in 2016 but will close at the end of the year.

"We've just begun the process to find a tenant, a new partner," Angie Whitfield, marketing and communications manager for the park, said Saturday.

The Kitchen at Shelby Farms will close Dec. 30, co-owner Kimbal Musk said in a prepared email statement sent late Friday:

“Shelby Farms Park holds a special place in my heart so it is with great sadness that we will close The Kitchen on December 30th. This was not a decision we made lightly but one that will be the best for our business. In early 2019, Shelby Farms Park will announce new restaurant offerings at the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center and the FedEx Event Center. We are honored to have been the dining partner at such a pivotal time in the Park's history. It's been an incredible two years with unforgettable sunsets. As we close this chapter, our level of gratitude for Memphis runs deep.”

The Kitchen opened Aug. 31, 2016 on the east banks of Hyde Lake, formerly known as Patriot Lake. It was founded in Boulder, Colorado, in 2004 by Musk and Hugh Matheson, and the Memphis location is the only one in the South. It was followed by Kitchenette, a grab-and-go in the park that operates in conjunction with The Kitchen and is part of the closure. 


Thoughts on a good replacement?

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Swanky's Taco Shop will open downtown in former the former LYFE Kitchen spot in the Chisca. I think this is a good move...there isn't really a great fast-casual Tex Mex place downtown (that I can think of). Both LYFE Kitchen locations in Memphis have now closed. The one on Poplar in East Memphis was replaced by Central BBQ.

Swankys Taco Shop to replace closed LYFE Kitchen on S. Main




A Swankys Taco Shop will succeed LYFE Kitchen as the ground-floor restaurant at Chisca on Main.

"I like that it's locally owned. It's a known brand that people enjoy. They've been very successful here in the city of Memphis," said Chase Carlisle, managing partner for Chisca on Main. 

"When you look at the Downtown restaurant market ... , I think that there's such a void for upscale, fast-casual, sit-down Mexican food."

A building permit application shows plans for a $38,449 renovation to alter old LYFE Kitchen space. 

LYFE Kitchen closed at 272 S. Main in September. It anchored the base of the Chisca, a renovation of the old Hotel Chisca for apartments and restaurant space.

Swankys Taco Shop has two other locations, at 4470 Poplar in East Memphis and 6641 Poplar in Germantown.



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