Posted on May 05, 2015

Excited to announce that today, Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk plan to open The Kitchen family of restaurants in Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis post card

The Kitchen bistro and our new ‘grab ‘n go’ concept will begin serving farm fresh, local food in 2016 at Shelby Farms Park and our casual dining concept will open in 2017 at Crosstown Concourse. All locations will be in beautiful settings, creating strong community connections through great food.

Much like Kimbal Musk and Hugo Matheson’s chance encounter in 2004 that led to opening their first  restaurant in Boulder, Colo., Shelby Farms Park Conservancy’s chance introduction to The Kitchen was kismet. The rare and special alignment in ethos opened the door to a partnership with nearly limitless potential.

“Access to delicious and healthy food is one of the top requests we see from Park visitors,” said SFPC Executive Director Laura W. Morris. “The Kitchen team members are proven operators with a bold mission that complements both our vision for the Park and local food culture in Memphis. A world-class park deserves a world-class restaurant, and The Kitchen is the perfect fit—we’re ready to set the table, together.”

Heart of the Park at Shelby Farms Park will feature two different dining options, both operated by The Kitchen and both featuring quality fare that has been locally and ethically sourced.

The Kitchen at Shelby Farms Park will be a bistro in the new eco-friendly Event Center. The building was designed to meet LEED standards and will feature geothermal heating, sustainable materials and unrivaled views of a healthy, revitalized lake. Farm fresh food is a nod to the land’s history as a model agricultural hub and working farm, and the community-driven atmosphere and dedication to sustainable practices lay the path for the vibrant future of both the Park and community. An additional grab-and-go style café, operated by The Kitchen, will be located in the new visitor Center to offer a more casual dining experience and give visitors the option to take their food out into the Park for a picnic or to sit on the covered porch to watch sailboats cruise across the water.


Next Door at Crosstown Concourse will be approximately 4,500 square feet, located at the southeast corner of the building next to the new main entrance and atrium. The casual dining restaurant design will embrace the historic space, with its exposed brick walls and wood-formed concrete ceilings, and many of the old Sears relics will be repurposed. The signature restaurant for Concourse will also feature a large outdoor patio overlooking the new, two and a half acre main plaza.

Crosstown Concourse Rendering

“Kimbal Musk, Hugo Matheson, and the rest of their team are visionaries who immediately understood and embraced the vertical urban village concept for Crosstown Concourse,” said Crosstown Development team leaders Todd Richardson and McLean Wilson.  “We are elated that Next Door will be our signature restaurant.  Not only are we excited about the restaurant and the people it will attract, but we’re also excited to have such innovative thinkers as Kimbal and Hugo engaged in Memphis.  Their commitment has already gone well beyond the restaurants themselves.”

Though there were options to expand in other cities, Memphis and Memphians won The Kitchen team over. New to the Bluff City, The Kitchen worked hard behind the scenes to invest in Memphis before officially planting roots for the restaurants at Shelby Farms Park and Crosstown Concourse.

“We are thrilled to add Memphis to our family,” said Kimbal Musk, co-founder of The Kitchen. “Memphis is a vibrant and diverse city that is on the verge of a Real Food renaissance. We are more than thrilled to be part of that movement by investing in the Crosstown and Shelby Farms Park developments. Together with our restaurants and our non-profit organization we hope our mission of ‘’community through food’ flourishes across Memphis.”

Less than a month ago on April 7, The Kitchen Community, a complementary non-profit organization also co-founded by Matheson and Musk broke ground in Memphis with its 100 Learning Garden initiative across three school districts: Shelby County Schools, Jubilee Catholic Schools and the Achievement School District.  Since its launch in 2011, The Kitchen Community has already built 200 Learning Gardens in Los Angeles, Chicago and Colorado reaching more than 120,000 school children daily.


ABOUT SHELBY FARMS PARK + HEART OF THE PARK (OPENING FALL 2016): At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis is one of the largest urban parks in the country. With a visionary master plan designed by James Corner Field Operations, it’s poised to become one of the best.  The Park features many miles of trails, hundreds of acres of woodlands, dozens of lakes and ponds, the Woodland Discovery Playground, a buffalo herd, meadows, grasslands, pavilions, a Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course and more. Shelby Farms Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline are managed and operated by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Heart of the Park – the centerpiece project of SFPC’s master plan – will become a vibrant and diverse community hub, an environmental teaching tool, an important part of the business plan to sustain the Park, and a destination for health, recreation, relaxation and big water adventure. It will be an exemplar for innovative urban landscape design, environmentally responsive architecture, and world class programming for health, happiness and inclusion for the Mid-South.

ABOUT CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE (OPENING SPRING 2017): Crosstown Concourse is the unprecedented regeneration of the historic Sears Crosstown building in midtown Memphis, TN. Building on three of Memphis’ strongest community assets—arts, education, and healthcare—Crosstown Concourse is being preserved and redeveloped as a mixed-use, vertical urban village with a purposeful collective of uses and partners, transforming a national hub for the distribution of goods into a local heart for the cultivation of well-being. Plans include restaurants and retail, health and wellness facilities, a charter high school, contemporary art center, commercial office, and a diverse range of loft-style apartments.