MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It’s official. Walburgers will not be opening on Beale Street. A company spokesperson confirmed the news to the Local I-Team Friday.
Walburger’s announced it would open at 349 Beale Street in June of 2017. Two years later, the deal is dead.
Problems with the sewer system in the building was just one of the issues. Before Wahlburgers, Sweetie Pies had announced it was moving in. But that never happened either after a dispute with the company in charge of the property.
“If more business was down here, more people would come down here. I mean you gotta have traffic. Without traffic, you ain’t going to make no money,” said Lew Winston, owner of Lew’s Blue Note.
Winston operates next door to the empty building and is running out of patience waiting for something to open next door.
“I’m hurt because I waited on Sweetie Pies, I waited on Wahlburgers, and now I don’t know who I’m waiting on. I hear somebody’s coming, but I don’t know who,” said Winston.
Sources tell Local 24 News later this month there will be an announcement of a new tenant at 349 Beale. We’re told it will bear the name of a local sports celebrity, whose name rhymes with Jenny.
The Downtown Memphis Commission oversees the management of Beale street. The director says she’s heard the rumors but wouldn’t confirm anything.
“We don’t have anything definite yet, like I said, I think they are exploring all their options, but don’t have anything definite,” said Jennifer Oswalt, DMC director.
A spokesperson for Wahlburgers says the company is not considering any other location in the Memphis area, but says if that changes she will let us know.