The local eatery has leased a 3,000-square-foot kitchen in the Pembroke Building, 119 S. Main St., in the space behind the Center for Southern Folklore.
Ed Woods with Belz Enterprises Inc. represented the landlord and was the only agent involved in the deal.
Bluff City opened at 505 S. Main St. in 2006. David Adams purchased the 1,300-square-foot business about two years ago.
Adams said the new space will allow Bluff City to expand its product offerings to include additional pastry choices, multiple soups daily, more fresh-baked breads and doughnuts, an upgraded lunch menu, the return of cream cheese sugar cookies and more.
That “more” includes the desire to add retail locations late this year.
“We’re looking at doing something in both Downtown and Midtown kind of like what Bluff City is now,” Adams said. “We wanted something near where we were because we didn’t have the facilities to do what we wanted to do, and this will allow us to really expand our offerings and bring more bakery items to the Downtown/Midtown market.”
Adams is looking for retail space in Midtown with reasonable build-out costs and one that doesn’t compete with nearby eateries.
“In Midtown, there’s just not a lot of spaces,” Adams said. “Most shopping centers already have somebody doing sandwiches, so they won’t approve a new restaurant-style facility. They’ve blocked us out of a lot of them. It’s a tough market.”
Source: Memphis Daily News
by Sarah Baker