Next in the Overton Square Redevelopment: Holiday pop-up market, Bar Louie’s outdoor patio and more | Arts & Culture
Friday morning a large industrial crane sat on the corner of Overton Square lifting air conditioning units off a vacant building’s roof.
According to Loeb Properties Marketing Director Leslie Jerkins, that vacant 5,650-square-foot lease at 2125 Madison will soon be Bar Louie which will have extensive indoor and outdoor seating.
The first floor outdoor patio will be 1,700 square-foot and facing Cooper.
Bar Louie, a Chicago-based franchisee known for its casual dining and specialty martinis, plans to be open for business in February 2013.
But Memphians will see some empty storefronts filling up in a few weeks.
The Mayor’s Innovation Team is sponsoring a pop-up holiday market at Overton Square with more than 40 artists selling their wares, a community café, a pop-up men’s store, music and more.
From Dec. 6 to 23, you can find the artists’ market in the middle or “atrium” building, where the old ice skating rink was located.
In addition, the community café will be in an empty space fronting Madison (the former Fantastic Sam’s) hosted by Cosmic Coconut.
Sachi, the men’s store downtown, will have a pop-up store in 2113 Madison (the former bookstore).
Also, there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting at Overton Square on Friday, Dec. 7, with Santa.
In other renovations, structural repairs - internally and externally - are being made to the west building, this is where Memphis Pizza Cafe and Golden India are located in Overton Square.
The exterior is being painted with a new color scheme, Loeb Properties’ designer is Jack Rainey with Rainey Contract Designs.
Other changes include adding modern commercial storefronts to the parking garage-facing spaces and repaired rear balconies for the Madison-facing spaces.
“We are making these renovations and changes to bring the buildings up-to-date and more leasable for today’s retailer, while maintaining their historical character,” said Jenkins.
The east building, or curved building, including Bar Louie and the former Friday’s space also has exterior and interior structural repairs, including painting and art.
The middle building (or “atrium building”) will begin major renovations Jan. 1.
Many outdoor art projects are underway - an initiative led by Loeb Properties Executive Vice President Asset Management Louis Loeb and local artist, public art consultant Carol DeForest. The following projects are expected to appear
- Mural by David Lynch on the north face wall of Bari Ristorante.
- Large-scale sculpture by Yvonne Bobo
- Mosaic opportunity by Lea Holland
- Backlit stained glass by Suzy Hendrix for the upstairs windows above the former TGIFriday’s
- nteractive music exhibit by Sean Murphy (think windchimes, xylophones) for the Trimble Courtyard
The parking garage under construction is still slated to open in August 2013.