The (somewhat) mysterious midtown project taking shape across from Urban Outfitters on Central has revealed new info and will be called Railgarten.
Railgarten is a reference to the location’s heritage as Midtown’s railroad substation. The site consists of four buildings across 1.5 acres stretching from Cooper to Blythe along Central Avenue. The buildings will house an ice cream shop, diner, ping pong emporium and hideaway cocktail bar.
There will also be an outdoor stage for the arts, a volleyball court, wiffle/kick-ball field and space for the German heritage game of hammerschlagen. In addition to all this we are hearing there will be a family-friendly picnic area with a unique playground and some hammocks hung to relax in.
Railgarten will open this spring.
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A niche ping pong bar is set to open in Midtown early 2017.
This new bar concept will be located at 2166 Central, near Central and Cooper and across from Urban Outfitters. The name of the bar has changed a few times, but the current working name is Blazing Paddles.
The project brings a new experience to Memphians, and it draws inspiration from the popular AceBounce Bar & Restaurant and SPiN in Chicago. The idea is to create an atmosphere that is reminiscent of an indoor recreation center with late night features like live entertainment, drinks, and beer pong. There will also be an outdoor space in the backyard to hang out, similar to the Loflin Yard outdoor experience.
Additionally, the space next door will be transformed into a diner. According to the application for special use permit by Brenda Solomito Basar with Solomito Land Planning, the two spaces will work together to form a family-friendly entertainment complex in this area of Midtown just on the edge of Cooper Young. While the ping pong bar will have a limited menu, the space next door will have a full service kitchen.