In Memphis' Midtown area, the neighborhood known as Overton Square has admittedly seen better days. In the 80's, Overton Square was the city's premier nightlife destination, with bars and restaurants scattered throughout the area, anchored by a small movie theater, an upscale hotel and a performing arts venue.
Just a few of the Square's original restaurants remain open today, but with the opening of a Midtown version of a popular downtown eatery, Overton Square may just get its groove back.
Shhh...Local on the Square has quietly opened in Midtown's Overton Square neighborhood — Photo courtesy of Local on the Square
Local on the Square is the sister of downtown's Local Gastropub - a dining destination that's more gastro than it is pub, wowing diners with a twist on traditional American dishes, and serving up festive, hand-crafted cocktails. The interior of the two-story building features exposed brick walls, new wood floors that give off a vintage feel and plenty of space for dining or lounging, depending on one's mood. The upstairs space is more relaxed and lounge-y, with couches and comfy chairs arranged in living room style.
During its soft opening, Local on the Square offered smaller menus, with proceeds from the evenings benefiting local charities. The previews promised that this Midtown offering will be as popular as its downtown counterpart - which means either arrive early or plan in advance to make a reservation if you want a guaranteed table. But even more, a slam dunk combination of good design, a broad menu, and a bar brimming with creativity may guarantee that Overton Square once again finds its groove.