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Food News: Puck Food Hall Brings More Options to 409 South Main

Photo: Downtown Memphis Commission

It was 2015 when Rebecca Dyer, the owner of the historic building at 409 South Main Street, first mentioned her intentions to turn the ground floor of the event venue into the city’s first indoor food hall.

South Main Market opened in 2017 and continued to change over time. Great tenants like City Block Salumeria and Java Cabana committed to a presence inside the charming space, but it was sometimes hard to tell whether the hall was open or fully operational.

That’s changing.

This week, it was announced that the food hall has been refreshed and relaunched as a fully-realized concept — Puck Food Hall.

Puck Food Hall is operated by a management company called Inconceivable, Inc. Among the partners of the company are Tiffany Iriana Hofscher, a former manager of Porcellino’s.

Another partner in the venture is a nonprofit collaborative called 275 Food Project, which was co-founded by Heather Jamerson and Diane Terrell “to build an equitable local food economy.” They are the folks behind the shipping container cafe that was recently announced for Soulsville. The organization also owns the vendor concept “radical.” which will have a booth in Puck Food Hall.

Rebecca Dyer remains as the building’s owner and will continue to run the event venue on the third floor.

“With a strong focus on creativity and quality, Puck Food Hall will provide a robust selection of curated options for dine-in and to-go,” said Jonathan Kiersky, partner in Inconceivable Inc.. “We invite Downtown diners, residents and visitors to explore the transformed space and genuine variety of cuisine and customized options, which we’re very proud to offer.”

Puck Food Hall will feature ten locally owned food and beverage concepts:

  • Bar 409 (Craft Cocktails & Bar)
  • City Block Salumeria (Butcher + Deli)
  • Dee’lightful Bliss Bakery (Desserts)
  • DoughJo (Pizza)
  • Dr. Bean’s Coffee & Tea
  • Pasta 409
  • radical. (Organic, Locally-sourced Salads)
  • Sweet Magnolia Gelato Company
  • Venga (Mexican)
  • Wok’n in Memphis (American Chinese)

Why call it Puck?

Per the announcement: Puck” is inspired by the enduring Shakespearean imp on the building’s façade and further draws on the building’s history as a grocer and purveyor of Puck Brand products in the early 20th century.” 

So there.

The space will undergo “interior enhancements” such as adding community seating and customized vendor booths. Vendors that are already operating will remain open through the build-out and redesign.

Puck Food Hall Hours:

Breakfast: Tuesday – Friday 8-11
Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 11-4
Happy Hour: Tuesday – Saturday 4-7
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 4-10
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10-4

Individual vendors’ hours may vary.

The grand opening is on Thursday, May 30th, beginning at 5:30 PM.  Celebrations will continue through the weekend, including South Main’s monthly Trolley Night on Friday, May 31.

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