Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I am quite new to this blogging stuff.  I know, I promised to post something at least once a week, and here it is now January 13.  I started writing my first post January 2 and just published it a few minutes ago after several editing sessions.  What a slacker!  I promise, it gets better! 

Now that we've leaped all the legal hurdles, it's time to get down to the business of designing a restaurant.  We are working with Reb Haizlip of Haizlip Studio.  He comes highly recommended by some very influential people in town.  Some of you might be familiar with Reb and his work around town.  He worked on The Children's Museum, projects at The University of Memphis, The Grove Grill, Memphis Country Club, and L'Ecole Culinaire.   We consulted with him on the feasibility of the very first property we looked at.   That led to other conversations and meetings about another property.  I have to say I've learned a lot about how Reb's mind works in the past couple of years.  He has some great ideas.  I love his sense of blending the trendy with a timeless style.  Reb always listens to our ideas and open to suggestions.  Like most artists, I'm sure he is confident in his work. But this is definitely not an architect who is making this his vanity project.  Andrew (more on him next time) and I had a meeting with Reb this afternoon.  I am so excited about his ideas.  As a matter of fact, Reb will be a contributor to this blog with sketches and photo. That means you get an insider's look at the progress of the restaurant.    Tell me what you think.  I do value your opinions.


  1. I can't wait to see the plans for the space. I love that it will be in a house. Memphis is one of the only cities I've been to where restaurants are in old homes. They make for very unique & comfortable spaces.

  2. Michael,

    I don't know if brownstones in NYC and Chicago count, but I've been to Aureole in NYC and Charlie Trotters in Chicago and they were tastefully done. Home, which used to be Guenter Seeger in Atlanta also was a converted house. Thanks so much for your interest, I think you will find my space interesting and comfortable.