Loeb Plans to Demolish, Redevelop Poplar Avenue Property

Loeb Properties Inc. is preparing to demolish the pair of office buildings at 5575 Poplar Ave.

The prominent real estate company recently sent tenants of Executive Square a letter telling them that a demolition is being planned for the pair of 1973 office buildings and that they will be replaced with a new development Loeb is involved in.

Ciara Neill, Loeb's spokeswoman, confirmed the plans Tuesday and said the company is working with "a lead candidate" on the "major redevelopment."

"We're very pleased with the interest we've been getting from prospective users," Neill said.

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Renovated Donut Shop Rounds Into Shape

An incoming donut shop seems poised to add to the city’s whimsical, kitsch architecture and signage, in the tradition of the rotating Sputnik at Joe’s Wines & Liquor, the flashing neon at Gibson's Donuts and the long-gone Pop Tunes dancing neon musical notes.

The future shop at 1776 Union Ave. features a corner patio so round that it mimics the donuts to be made and sold inside.

In case there’s any doubt about the circular symbolism, a giant donut-shaped sign will be installed atop the patio, according to an architectural rendering provided by landlord Loeb Properties.

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New York Transplant Opens Local Pizzeria

One day in the early 1990s, the owner of a small, Long Island pizzeria was left shorthanded by a quarrel between his two sons. He turned to the dishwasher, Jose Granados, and told him he was going to learn how to make pizza that day.

Ever since, Granados has been making pizza off-and-on and saving up money to open his own place.

On Monday, the 43-year-old is set to achieve his long-held goal, with the opening of New York Style Pizzeria in Collierville.

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ErinWay Shopping Center to Undergo Renovation

A shopping center in the heart of East Memphis will soon undergo a renovation.

Loeb Properties this week applied to do work on its ErinWay Center at 4870 Poplar. The document estimates the first phase of work will cost about $750,000.

The J-shaped center anchored by Huey’s occupies 4.1 acres with 44,487 square feet of commercial space and parking.

The strip center is bordered by Poplar to the south, St. Nick on the west and Erin Drive on the east.

“We'll be making some cosmetic and construction adjustments to this plan as we work our way around the building, and are staging the renovation in phases to work around the busy holiday shopping season,’’ Loeb Properties spokeswoman Ciara Neill said in an email to The Daily Memphian.

“In the first phase, which is just about to kick off, we'll be renovating the western side of the building around Sakura Japanese Restaurant and the European Wax Center,’’ she said. “We're currently exploring the addition of a fun splash of color on that wing of the building through an artistic installation facing St. Nick Street, and after the holidays will pick back up with construction on the south and east facades of the shopping center.’’

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Open Flame Opens in Highland Neighborhood

Loeb Properties is pleased to announce the opening of Open Flame restaurant at University Center. Located at 3445 Poplar Avenue at Highland Street, Open Flame is the new location and name for the popular Kebob International restaurant, formerly of Cordova.

Owners Sharzad and Mansour Ashrafieh are renowned in Memphis for their authentic signature Persian and Mediterranean dishes, specializing in shish kabob, kosher, and halal fare. The Ashrafieh's famous hospitality extends to evening events including belly dancing; catering and group events are available upon request.

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Porch & Parlor Plans Lush Interior and Early 2019 Opening

The opening of Porch & Parlor in the former Bar Louie spot in Overton Square has been pushed back a bit, from late 2018 to early 2019.

In May, Russ Graham and Tom Powers announced they leased the space and would open Porch & Parlor, making it the third in the local restaurant portfolio that includes Flight and Southern Social. The plan was always to offer upscale dining, but researching the building’s history led them to reconsider the interior design.

“We’re embracing when the building was built, which was during the Belle Epoque era,” Graham said.

The era, which encompassed the Gilded Age in the U.S., was a time of prosperity for many around the world, a time when the wealthy spent exorbitantly and the extravagant Art Nouveau style was in demand. The lavish look will figure in the design of the new restaurant.

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New Gym Opening In East Memphis

SHED Fitness has signed a lease to occupy 4,055 square feet at 1215 Ridgeway Road.

Marcus Esposito and Maureen Shorter Esposito, the local franchise owners, are currently building out their Park Place location, which is expected to open in August.

In the deal, landlord Loeb Properties Inc. was represented by vice president of brokerage Aaron Petree.

At SHED Fitness, participants are led through 3 to 5 stations of moderate to high intensity exercises for a total class time of 50 minutes. Private classes are also available.

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Helping Hands

Most mornings it’s not uncommon to see dozens of homeless Memphians lined up outside Hospitality Hub’s Downtown location, hoping to get selected for the nonprofit’s Work Local program, which offers $50 and a meal in exchange for five hours of work cleaning up around the city.

Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, only 10 people can be selected per day, said Keynnon Mumphrey, director of the Work Local program.

But thanks to a new partnership with the University Neighborhoods Development Corporation that adds an extra day to the program, 10 more homeless people a week will get the opportunity to earn a hot meal and a paycheck. Mumphrey said that money potentially could pay for up to half a month at the mission.

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