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Project Update: Newby's

August 24th, 2015

Project Update: Newby's

Remember Newby’s bar on Highland near The University of Memphis? Most longtime Memphians do, and it’s back! Established in 1975 by Dave “Newby” Harsh, Newby’s was at one time joined to the adjacent 1950s movie theater as a music venue, which was famous around the Mid-South and hosted such acts as John Mayer, Nickelback, Kid Rock and many more. Unfortunately, Dave suffered a stroke in 1996 and sold Newby’s to Todd Adams in 1997. In November 2014, Newby’s closed after filing for bankruptcy. But in 2015, Larry Thompson, a restaurateur from Denver, Colorado, and a former Newby’s employee purchased the property. Larry has fond memories of Newby’s, as do many Memphis folks, and he plans to bring it back to life.  

Architecture, Inc. is the architect of record for the complete renovation of the building, which is now detached from the adjacent theater building. We’ve added a new outdoor patio, as well as an “indoor patio” with garage doors that can open up during nice weather. Patrons of the “old” Newby’s will be happy to know that the bathrooms have been completely demolished and new facilities installed. There is also a new bar and kitchen area. During the course of the renovation, we removed a portion of the floor to reveal the original owners’ names scrawled in the concrete. Newby’s will have a full kitchen menu and the only “bottoms up” beer dispenser in the Mid-South. Look for Newby’s to reopen soon!

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