MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More growth is happening in Downtown Memphis and the South Main area.
Ghost River Brewing, a Memphis staple for more than 20 years, has a taproom opening Saturday afternoon. The company has been brewing beer at their South Main location since 2006 but because of all the recent growth in the area they’re expanding.
Every glass and each pour shows the growth of a once struggling neighborhood.
“Slowly filling in the area. Having no open buildings, no open lots,” said Jimmy Randall.
That’s the dream head beer brewer, Jimmy Randall and President of Ghost River Brewery, Jeremy Feinstone, have for the South Main area. While Feinstone is excited to open the taproom Saturday afternoon, he said part of the opening is due to all of the development nearby.
“I mean it is tremendous, I mean you start looking out and you see apartment projects after apartment projects,” said Feinstone.
It’s not just apartments.
“Having the Big River Crossing being almost in our backyard is just a wonderful setup. We already have some regulars come get beer off our dock and he’s already talking about making plans to peddle from Marion across the bridge. Come over here, have a few beers and pedal home,” said Randall.
A few blocks down from Ghost River, Rebecca Thomason opened gift shop, Southern Creed, two weeks ago. She’s hoping for added business too.
“It’s all important. It all feeds into each other it’s not magic,” said Thomason.
A simple recipe, brewing for awhile.
“The more people that are downtown and working you get that thriving culture,” said Randall.
Ghost River’s taproom is at 827 South Main Street. It opens at 2 p.m. Saturday.
It’s family friendly. The plan is to eventually offer live music and food trucks on certain days.