News today — Overton Square update, Blues Hall of Fame, and NE Arkansas… a steel hub?

The Hattiloo Theater is getting ready to build its new theater at Overton Square.  It will be on the NW corner of Monroe and Cooper.  Currently, the theater is housed in the Edge District near Sun Records.  It will be the sixth freestanding black theater in the nation.  Overton Square is developing a theater cluster with Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, and Malco’s Studio (movies).

Downtown is going to have a new neighbor.  Another bar, but this one with a bit of a unique twist.  The name (for now) is Tamp and Tap, and will be known for providing local brews (such as those from the upcoming Memphis Made, High Cotton, and Wiseacre breweries) as well as  coffee.  The location will be at the ground floor of the Van Vleet Flats on Gayoso.  Another article here.

Memphis-based Blues Foundation is more than halfway through its fundraising for a hall of fame.  The Daily News states that the foundation hopes to begin building in six months.  It will be in South Main.

Some good regional news:  Northeast Arkansas is becoming a steel hub.  While it has previously lost out in competition for billion-dollar projects such as Toyota, Osceola (an I-55 dash from Memphis) may land the 1.1 billion dollar Big River Steel mill.  It hinges on the state providing $125 million in incentives.  The county (Mississippi County) already exceeds the entire state of Pennsylvania in steelmaking.  Blytheville up 55 already is home to two Nucor plants.  On the other hand, the man behind the project has left a bad taste in the mouths of Mississippi.  I hope Osceola gets a genuine, contributing employer.

Awww, Super Sub is moving to Summer Ave.  It’s been a Highland/U of M institution.  It’s been known for a while that it would be leaving its current location because of a new development.

I think that’s it for now.  Coming soon is a big, multi-post project I’ve been working on.




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