Acquiring a license to sell liquor in 1969, Overton Square on Madison Avenue soon became a vibrant area in Memphis.
- The TGI Friday’s was the second location ever!
- There were 11 restaurants and 27 retail sites house in Overton Square in the 1970s.
- 800 Memphians were employed on the Square.
- Throughout time the Square has been home to an ice skating rink, the Mississippi River Co, the Public Eye, Bombay Bicycle Club, the Hot Air Balloon, Lafayette’s Music Room, Yosemite Sam’s (originally a disco), Godfather’s Supper Club, Trader Dick’s, and the original Huey’s.
- Pub crawls have drawn tens of thousands to this center in Memphis.
- Annually Overton Square fills the city with Christmas spirit with a tree lighting, carolers, snow, and much more!
After a slow time period, Overton Square has had its glory restored! Boasting several dining options, shopping venues, a movie theatre, and a theatre house, the Square has become one of the Bluff City go to spots. It contains a household of favorite restaurants and hangouts including Local Gastropub, Bar Louie, The Bayou, Bosco’s, Huey’s, Chiwawa, and several more. Overton Square is bike and pedestrian friendly, often filled with beings venturing into this institution of Memphis culture!
With a peak in interest, Overton Square has started to revitalize its retail spaces. Breakaway Running, The Attic (sister store to The Ivory Closet), Maggie’s Pharm, and other stores already marked their spots on the square earlier this year.
Recently two other retail venues sought out spots on The Square:
Gould’s, a locally owned and operated full service hair salon, will also provide massage therapy with four treatment rooms! Gould’s is a local favorite salon with 11 locations dotted all over the Bluff City!
With all these new additions, it’s hard not to fall behind on the Square happenings! Make plans to check it out soon, so you aren’t the only Memphian in the dark on this awesome endeavor!