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How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Memphis

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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Memphis is the home of American blues music, legendary musicians, and famous barbecue. Beale Street offers a plethora of bars, eateries, and live music venues, but if you venture outside of the Street you can find some black-owned restaurants and businesses serving home cooked goodness with southern hospitality. 

Morning

The Office @Uptown

Located in the Uptown area of Downtown Memphis, The Office@Uptown offers you an office setting complete with professional equipment like computers and printers. If you’re not there to work, try the croissant breakfast sandwich and a great cup of coffee with the local community that feels like family. 

Photo via theofficeatuptown.com

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Afternoon

Lunch At Alcenia’s


Hope you’re ready for some southern style cuisine. Owner Betty Joyce greets each one of her customers with a hug and a “thank you for coming,” making everyone feel right at home. Alcenia’s menu features daily lunch specials with home cooked fried chicken, fried catfish, and meatloaf with traditional sides like mac n’ cheese, yams, and beans. 

The HM Lounge

Enjoy an afternoon sweet treat at The HM Lounge, “Memphis’ only dessert and novelty social gathering place.” Chefs Fran and Champ serve up dessert classics like bread pudding, apple cobbler, cheesecake, pecan pie, and so much more.

Photo via facebook.com/FashionablySweetLounge

Evening

Dinner at A & R Bar-B-Que

It’s not a true day in Memphis without some BBQ. Andrew & Rose Pollard founded A&R Bar-B-Q in 1983 making it a long-staring tradition in the city. Slow cooked with their secret recipe, ribs, chicken, turkey legs, brisket, and more ensure that no one is leaving this place hungry. 

Photo via aandrbbq.com

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Live Music

This is the original B.B. King’s Blues Club located in Memphis and offering live music every night of the week. Words can’t describe the true “vibe” of this place, so get your table early and prepare to be thoroughly entertained. 

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