RDC Getting Into Restaurant Biz When Beale Street Landing Opens In June

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(Memphis) After more than $10 million dollars in cost overruns and numerous delays, the Beale Street Landing project is set to open June 27.

Part of the project opened last summer with a gift shop and docking for the American Queen.

Low water levels, however, forced the boat to dock at another place.

A planned restaurant still has not materialized so now the Riverfront Development Corporation, which runs Beale Street Landing, is thinking about getting into the restaurant business.

RDC members discussed the idea at a meeting Tuesday and said they would add carpeting and paint to form a bar area.

There were concerns about the lack of parking, the building being isolated and the mysterious lack of a gas line.

While the majority of restaurants use gas, we were told it would have cost $450,000 to install a gas line at the location.

Even with the concerns the RDC plans to go ahead with a bar and grill and will not ask the city for any more money.


  • roastbeef

    Over budget. 4 Years behind schedule, this was supposed to open DECEMBER 2010. The public was wondering why you could not get someone to place a restaurant inside. Oh, they forget to build that correct utility so that a restaurant can operate. If you are the only thing happen and the foods good, people will come. Every time I see Kevin Kane on television he is explaining how something didn’t happen, sigh
    Who is on this board for Riverfront Development Corporation? They are a joke.

  • Chris Williams

    They didn’t realize they needed gas lines for a restaurant to operate?? This city is turing into a BIG joke

  • midtown mike

    $10,000,000 over budget but the RDC isn’t going to ask for the $450,000 for a gas line that should have been installed to begin with?

    That’s mighty gosh darned generous of ’em!

  • Ms Dee

    A property tax increase is the answer. The property owners need to step up and help downtown Memphis grow. An increase on city gasoline taxes is a good idea too. The working folks need to help those who cannot work. More section 8 housing and increasing EBT amounts is a good idea too.

    And please make a donation to the Civil Rights Museum, blacks have been put down for way too long in this city.

    Single moms need more help too. Stand up my people!

  • Richard

    What about Propane tanks or maybe charcoal? We manage to cook tons of pig down there every year with out a gas line. Memphis Barbarcue. Maybe it’s too new a concept.

  • Hard Truths

    The architect at Beale Street Landing seems to have assumed the water level would be constant. I’m sure he was selected because of his friends at City Hall.

    Now, much like the Pyramid, they’ve defaced the riverbank, wasted scads of taxpayer money, and can’t tenant to occupy that monstrosity.

    I bet somebody made some money off of it, though.

    And why are we letting those RDC run it? They have a long, long history of bilking the taxpayers. Oh, that’s right. THEY have frien ds at City Hall.

    Isn’t it grand living in the Third World, with an incompetent and corrupt government, even by Third World standards?

  • Sean Brown

    Any responsible city would require a performance bond for any company entering into any contract with the City. The bond should require personal indemnity from any restaurant construction as any city would do and which would protect the tax payers.

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