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Loflin Yard, a brand new restaurant and bar concept is now open at the South end of Downtown Memphis.
A group of local investors, Taylor Berger, Doug Carpenter, Andy Cates, Michael Tauer, Brad Barnett, John Planchon, and Thomas Whitehead have been working on this project.
“Reuniting with the Untapped crew was like getting the band back together,” said Loflin co-owner Taylor Berger. “Only this time, we’re developing a permanent establishment. We added some new voices too, and the result has been an absolute dream team. Deploying our collective food and beverage knowledge for Loflin Yard has been fun and, frankly, so easy. When something’s right, it’s right.
The main bar and kitchen area is in the “Safe House” originally called Loflin Safe & Lock Co. There, customers can choose from a curated wine list that will be corked and chilled at the table. The chairs are refurbished from old school desks from Christian Brothers University.
The “Smoke House” is the screened outdoor kitchen area with a smoker and masonry grill. The menu, created by executive chef Andy Knight, includes items like sausage and cheese boards, beef brisket, pork tenderloin, and trout that are served family-style with shareable sides. Dessert items include s’mores and homemade ice cream.
Guests can order food inside the Safe House or at the order windows on the patio deck that overlooks “Loflin Falls,” an exposed passageway of the Gayoso Bayou.
The outdoor area includes fire pits and picnic tables. The “Coach House”, a barn that once housed Peabody Hotel carriage horses, offers a tin-covered wooden deck for enjoying your meal, the weather, and hanging out.
“The space is truly a category of one,” said Doug Carpenter, who’s investing in and leading the establishment’s branding and environmental design. “Between the vast lawns, the waterfall centerpiece and surrounding tin-roof porches, Memphis will discover an oasis nestled right in the middle of Downtown development.”
The beverage program, led by Milwaukee transplant mixologist Mary Oglesby, focuses on beer, wine and classic spirits. Cocktails—including a Tennessee Whiskey Old Fashioned and Sazerac—are aged in oak barrels. Local beer is also available on tap.
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Loflin Yard is located at 7 West Carolina Avenue. Current hours:
- Wednesday & Thursday, 4-11 p.m.
- Friday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
- Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
- Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.