First & Hope is nearing the last stages of its Downtown construction at the same time that chef Shelley Cooper is putting final touches on her menu of comfort eats. Cooper’s meat-loving Memphis heritage, risk-taking in the kitchen, and sense-of-humor will apparently be on display as she’s promising us “Sloppy Josephine’s,” cowboy steak with bone marrow brioche, and a Dr. Pepper Duck Sandwich, among the Southern-twanged selections. While we haven’t been able to see what’s cooking inside yet, we did get our hands on a rendering of the bar space, which you see above. We’re expecting First & Hope early in the new year.
First & Hope’s bar Photo: First & Hope