Cafe Keough is Now Open Downtown

January 2, 2014 6:11 pm13 commentsViews: 4887

Cafe Keough is a new coffee shop and cafe that opened a few weeks ago downtown. I wandered by there today and was pleasantly surprised and enchanted by the tall ceilings, aged tile floors, and general ambience of the place.

According to this article from the MBJ, Cafe Keough's owner Kevin Keough is also a minority owner in Karen Carrier's Beauty Shop – which is a very good thing in my opinion. It's at 12 South Main, in the Commerce Title Building across the street from Felicia Suzanne's. 

They have breakfast items like bagels and pastries, salads and sandwiches from about $10 to $15, and several coffee options, all of which you order at the counter. I didn't have time for a meal, but I did grab a chai latte to go. (It was a little on the sweet side.) I will go, eat, and report back soon. 

It feels like a neighborhood cafe, like somewhere that has regulars who've been going there forever. When I went, there were several tables of folks on their lunch breaks, and a few people working on laptops. The long bar/counter and style of chairs gave it a diner feel, but the Corinthian columns and tall ceilings made it more upscale. It really reminded me of some of the places I've seen in New York and San Francisco. 

Cafe Keough is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, and as far as I could tell, the full menu is available all day. They're waiting on their wine and liquor licenses and after that will be open later on Fridays and Saturdays.

Here are a few images to tide you over until I can get back and give a full report. 

(Ed. note: This post was updated to clarify Kevin Keough's involvement with the Beauty Shop.)


  • I visited there today, too. My husband and I shared the salami sandwich with a side salad and the french onion soup. The sandwich and salad were wonderful! The soup was just ok. I probably wouldn't get it again. The place was airy and large compared to what you would normally expect from a french-style cafe, but we enjoyed it. Note to the working crowd: there are very, very few outlets available! 

  • Very glad to hear the big corinthian capitals make a good impression: > gave it a diner feel, but the Corinthian columns and tall ceilings made it more upscale.

  • I'm definitely trying this place before work tomorrow. My house is right at tamp and tap so I'll have to compare. 

  • Not a fan of Beauty Shop at all.  Overpriced mediocre food.  Don't know if I'll try this place or not.  Probably not.

  • Great coffe and chocolate croissant!!

  • So excited to see new businesses opening in historic buildings! Looks great, we look forward to checking it out.

  • The French Onion Soup was delicious. Wish they had a soup/salad combo.

  • Looking forward to trying this weekend! I hope they are open sundays..

  • The space looks great! If the owner is the "same guy" from Beauty Shop, you would be referring to Karen Carrier who owns Beauty Shop, Bar DKDC, Mollie Fontaine's, etc. If she is indeed the owner, I'm sure she would enjoy the credit.

  • Holly Whitfield

    I got my info on ownership from the Memphis Business Journal article that I linked to in the post ( I know Ms. Carrier owns the Beauty Shop and the others (some of my fav spots!) so I was looking into details about why the MBJ article phrased it that way. Yesterday afternoon the MBJ posted a second article further confirming this and explaining that he is a minority owner of the Beauty Shop (, presumably along with Karen Carrier. I've edited the post so no one else gets confused!

  • I don't get downtown much these days, so I'm unlikely to check this place out. Nonetheless, it struck me from the pictures that with all that space to spare they could have provided bigger tables. It's not like postage-stamp-sized tables are going to make that cavernous space feel any more intimate. Also, why Keough. Certainly not because it's French. 

  • Kevin Keough, a former co-owner of the Beauty Shop, is the owner of Cafe Keough.

  • Michele Keough

    Because Keough is our Family Name, and no it is not French, it's Irish.

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