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Breathing New ‘Lyfe’ Into Existing Space

The Daily News
By Amos Maki

Construction is underway on Carlisle Corp.’s LYFE Kitchen in East Memphis and the restaurant should be dishing out its “fast, natural, chef-inspired” meals later this summer.

Located at 6201 Poplar Ave., in the former Sharky’s space near Poplar and Ridgeway Road, the restaurant aims to create a farm-to-table feel throughout the 6,000-square-foot space.

Memphis-based Hnedak Bobo Group is designing the LYFE Kitchen, which will be the largest restaurant the company has operated.

One of the most prominent features inside the new restaurant is a wall full of living herbs, a staple of the LYFE Kitchen brand. The restaurant will feature a total of 152 dining seats, including a 32-seat private dining room that is designed to create two separate meeting spaces. Other features include an open design with rustic, mismatched seating, sliding barn doors, an open “theater” kitchen, outdoor garden seating and an extensive bar and lounge.

The restaurant’s roofline will mimic the profile of iconic country barns. Designers also created a full window wall under the roofline, which will shower the interior dining space with natural light. HBG’s barn profile will be incorporated into other LYFE Kitchen locations going forward.

Originally launched in California, LYFE Kitchen reached an agreement with Memphis-based Carlisle Corp. to move its headquarters to Memphis and open two restaurants, the East Memphis location and one at the Chisca Hotel Downtown, which Carlisle Corp. is redeveloping. Chance Carlisle, president and chief operating officer of Wendelta Inc., Carlisle Corp.’s Wendy’s operator, was named LYFE’s new chief executive officer.

The Chisca’s LYFE Kitchen, also designed by HBG, launches in the fall.