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Location DB > United States > Tennessee > Memphis > Justine's
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created by natxtron on 2/27/2007 5:09 AM
last modified by Dark_Aaron on 2/8/2016 10:54 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Demolished in 2011, now an empty lot.

original mid 1800's southern house with large courtyard and indoor/ outdoor facilities for restaurant. basement and two floors with grand entranceway.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Memphis, Tennessee
United States
Owner: BW Construction
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • nails in basement
  •  Interesting Features
    much of the building structure is original from mid 1800s. extensive brick basement and wine cellar. unique wallpaper and decor in every room. awesome deco bar.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • razor wire
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1843
    Closed: 200
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    camera, h2o
    Original use as a house, built in 1843. Became Justine's Restaurant, opened by Mrs. Justine Smith in the early 1960's and was widely known as a fine dining establishment. According to an article in New York Times, April 6th, 1966, "This establishment is conceivably the best restaurant in the south. The food is excellent."

    Unfortunately, even the best restaurant in the south couldn't stay in business. The date of closing is unknown at this time and several different names have come and gone through the years. The last name of this establishment was The Ivy in the late nineties (exact open and close dates unknown) and was quite the local salsa club. It seems pretty obvious that the restaurant was having extreme financial difficulties according to leftover account receipts and expense log sheets.

    The last know owner was (or still is) BW Construction according to utility bills dated in early 2006. Some parts of the building are in stages of demolition/ renovation though no listings for BW Construction are found in Memphis.

     Media Coverage
    none recently. ny times archive Wednesday, April 6th, 1966 review.
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    nail steppin'
    Tue, Feb 27th, 2007
    posted by natxtron
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 2/10/2016 2:37 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Feb 10 16 at 2:37, Steed validated this location
  • on Feb 8 16 at 22:54, Dark_Aaron changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Recommendation, Description
  • on Feb 28 07 at 3:19, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Feb 28 07 at 3:19, Emperor Wang changed the following: City, Province / State (please use full name)
  • on Feb 27 07 at 5:59, natxtron made this location available
  • on Feb 27 07 at 5:59, natxtron changed the following: Country, Year Closed
  • on Feb 27 07 at 5:55, natxtron added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Feb 27 07 at 5:53, natxtron added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Feb 27 07 at 5:45, natxtron created a new gallery
  • on Feb 27 07 at 5:44, natxtron updated the main picture
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