Chef/ Restaurateur- Karen B. Carrier famed for -The Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Do Sushi, Another Roadside Attraction Catering opened Beauty Shop ... More
The Beauty Shop
Chef/ Restaurateur- Karen B. Carrier famed for -The Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Do Sushi, Another Roadside Attraction Catering opened Beauty Shop Restaurant in what was once said to be Priscilla Presley's curl-and-dye spot. It's a camp wonderland where the facade is Jetsons-era Vitrolite, a bar replaces the wash sinks, and choice seating is offered beneath hooded Belvedere hair dryers. Carrier is a mad genius of sorts. The restaurant's motto is Look Good, Eat Good, and while the place makes you want to look good, you will eat good at The Beauty Shop. The menu is widely varied ~ a down -home American stance with world-beat tints and edges. The Beauty Shop is about the coolest, hippest restaurant around. It screams Memphis , yet does so with ingenuity and originality; it plays a wacky theme to the limit but doesn't stream beyond the pale- It makes you feel good to be there,part of the fun; part of the animated crowd and leaves you well-fed to boot. What could be cooler that that?
This is the most disappointed I have ever been in a restaurant in my entire life. I planned a fun day to take my daughter who was home from college and my parents. I had heard how cute and fun and good this place was. There were no beers iced in sinks. There were no waitresses in red lipstick, teased hair or curlers. There were 2 male workers in the whole place. There was zero atmosphere except 3 or 4 hair dryers. I was so very disappointed. The service was awful. The food was worse. There were no other people in there! My daughter got the spinach crepe which was a burned tortilla with a spinach leaf inside!. My dad wanted iced tea. He got some in an orange juice sized glass and never got anymore. We were all so disappointed that it put a damper on the whole day. We didn't even talk during lunch because no one wanted to be the first to say this place is absolutely awful! Of all the fun places we could have gone in Memphis! This place needs to close. Don't waste your money or especially your time.
Last night was my first time there. Unfortunately, it will probably be my last. I couldn't really enjoy the food since the service was so poor. I was with a party of girls, and the night started off well, but anytime we asked for anything, like another glass of wine or another beer, our waiter seemed to be completely put out...and the expression on his face told us so. Also, the comments he made to the table (or to me, which a few of the girls heard) were pretty rude, ie refilling water, etc. And I understand that in parties at Beauty Shop, they don't normally split checks. But he agreed to do it. He made an error on 2 checks and when it was pointed out to him, he told us we were wrong and again put out for having to fix it. For a restaurant of this nature, this behavior to me is completely unacceptable. Even if you're having a bad night, you shouldn't openly display for your customers to see. Believe me, I know what it can be like having been a server myself for 6 years.
Don't pay attention to any bad reviews; this is one of my favorite restaurants in Memphis. My grandmother, who used to get her hair done in the beauty parlor on this site, and I go here regularly for lunch. Sure, the food is a little pricey but well worth it. The sandwiches and salads are delicious. And they serve the best Sangrias and strawberry cake that I've EVER had.
My only critique is the noise level...but what can you say? It's a renovated hair salon with a lot of sound-reflecting surfaces. Overall, the ambiance and food quality are more than worth the distraction of having to speak a little louder to be heard.
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