A self-proclaimed trucker-themed dive bar in Memphis has reopened its doors for the first time since the pandemic, and they’re in serious need of customers.
For the last few months, Momma’s on Kentucky Street in Memphis, Tennessee has been working on some improvements as a way to take advantage of the downtime, but have since reopened and are ready for business to pick back up.
“We have been in the process of remodeling the past few months; using the pandemic to our advantage when we were shut down,” said the bar’s marketing director, Eric Bourgeois.
The bar features easy truck parking, good food, great drink specials, and trucking-themed decor. And, according to the owner, it’s the only trucker-themed bar in the entire country.
“There’s not a trucker-themed bar in America,” said owner Aldo Dean. “There are truck stops, but no trucker-themed bars. It’s close to the highway. ‘Diner and Dive on Highway 55.’”
And owner Dean has truly kept the realities of trucking in mind, ensuring truckers will have a great experience any time they visit.
“They can park on Kentucky Street here instead of going into the interior of the city,” he said to the Memphis Flyer. “It’s difficult to have a big rig Downtown. It’s a good place for them to have a hot meal and a cold beer at the end of the long haul. Truckers can come off the highway, conveniently park and eat at Momma’s.”
Dean says that, when he first opened the bar back in the fall of 2019, there were plenty of customers coming in from the “Mack truck store down the street, the Hershey plant, workers from Presidents Island,” but, since the pandemic forced them to close, they are in the process of rebuilding their customer base.
Luckily for Momma’s and many other restaurants in the area, November 1st through November 7th is Downtown Dining week, and the city is encouraging citizens to “come downtown and spend your dollars downtown,” as a way to keep the once-thriving restaurant industry afloat.
“Without the support of the consumer and customer we can’t exist,” said Bourgeois to Fox 13 Memphis.
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