My weekends haven't belonged to me for a while since I started my full-time job and Amira's ballet schedule has begun full swing. Allow me to be very honest, I'm not here for an illusional two days off. Weekends are consumed with chauffeuring children around, catching up on piles of laundry and getting rested just to do a full Monday through Friday all over again. I demanded an hour or two alone and treated myself to an early dinner and a cocktail while waiting on Amira to finish ballet. I've wanted to try Liquor Store for a while since it is in the neighborhood of Collage Dance Collective. So down to Liquor Store I went and I'll share my experience with you....
The Liquor Store is a new diner and bar concept in the heart of Memphis, literally it is centrally located in the Broad Avenue District, or Binghampton as I've always known it. The old liquor store that I've known it as, growing up as a child in the area has been activated as a lively new restaurant.
I didn't know what to expect as I pulled up to the restaurant but was totally curious to see how the place was transformed. When you enter you almost instantly feel a Cuban or Latin American influence with afro salsa playing in the background, a really cool art deco floral bar, and lights, plenty of lights and a cool bar with modern tropical floral arrangements. I took a seat at the bar, normally I don't, but I felt the vibe of a chic local bar and diner that was very welcoming.
Stories are what I love and getting to know people and their unique stories is even more amazing. I sat at the bar talked thrifting, Chicago, mixology and food of course. While sipping on my Champagne Mixer cocktail garnished with lime and cinnamon, DUDE, at 4 in the afternoon, I quickly realized this will be my restaurant of choice while on Broad.
I had a craving for the Cuban. Apparently, everyone that came to Liquor Store that morning did as well. They were sold out!!! I ordered the Burger instead. It didn't disappoint me at all. The burger was cooked exactly as I asked medium well. Sometimes, I have a problem with burgers being way overcooked.
In the neighborhood or not, I highly suggest Liquor Store for a really cool and happy vibe. It's chic, it's simple and it's easy. The diversity in the cocktails and even the people is what I really loved. It's not pretentious. It's fun.
Breakfast is served all day, I'm her for that. Lunch is served daily and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. What's also really cool is the restaurant is locally owned by Liquor Store neighbor's City and State.