Impressed with the success and community impact of the original Memphis Café in Costa Mesa, the City of Santa Ana approached The Memphis Group in 2000 to open a location in the heart of Santa Ana's historic downtown. As part of a redevelopment project in the Artists Village district, the city asked… The Memphis Group to adapt a portion of the once-legendary Santora Building into a restaurant by adding its signature, revitalizing touch.
Opened in 2002, Memphis at the Santora blends traditional Southern and contemporary American classics into flavorful renditions of American comfort food. With a larger kitchen than its sister, Memphis Café in Costa Mesa, the restaurant's menu covers a wider range of Southern specialties, including buttermilk fried chicken, and a garlic-marinated and grilled center-cut pork chop. drizzled with a balsamic dried-cherry reduction.
On the registrar of historic landmarks and perhaps the most beautiful edifice in downtown Santa Ana, the 1929 Santora.Continued