Central Station Hotel
When I heard Memphis developer Henry Turley was renovating the old central train station into a hotel, I was ecstatic. When I heard he was turning the current ticket office for the train into a bar, not so much.
I ride the train. I use the ticket office and waiting area when coming and going on the train. I did not want developers to take a working train depot and cannibalize it into a cool bar. Steal the pews. Use the old wood for ambiance. Take what was functioning for the train and use it for schmoozers. I was afraid this appropriation could be yet one more move that led to the ultimate demise of Amtrak service. My antipathy was real, even though I haven’t lived on a property in Memphis that wasn’t developed by Henry Turley. I am proprietary toward the train.
This week I visited the new Central Station Hotel. My fears were assuaged. The placement of the waiting area has moved, but the pews are still in there. And they did a really cool job on the new hotel. If anything, it might encourage folks to ride the train more. The bar has a great Memphis feel. Y’all enjoy these photos.
Y’all buy your tickets on the City of New Orleans to ride into Memphis. I’ll meet you at the Central Station Hotel bar.