The oh-so tasteful 387 Pantry
opened, softly, last Friday. It's inside the same building as Stock and Belle on South Main.
Store curator/manager Josh Conley says the idea behind 387 Pantry is twofold: provide a service to the neighborhood and to elevate how Memphians eat.
They are the first to sell Dr. Bean
's coffees and Hanna Farms cornmeal and grits. The latter was founded by a former Hog & Hominy chef, who started with heirloom corn seed, according to Conley.
You can pick up a dozen eggs, some salami, and sugar cubes for your coffee. The small cooler features cheeses from around the region and sausage from Home Place Pastures
. On the counter is a delicious-smelling peanut-fed smoked ham from Virginia, a perfect partner for the bread from D&R Bakery.
Conley says they're adding a growler station soon. Other plans include having grab-and-go items, maybe partnering with food trucks. They hope to take advantage of 7,000-square-foot warehouse in the back for chef's dinners, coffee tastings, roundtables, and more.
I asked Conley how he came to be curator of 387 Pantry. "Accidentally," he says. "I love food."
Conley was originally in city planning, "trying to create a world-class city." We discussed how food can make a world-class city. "Absolutely," he says. "Cities are judged by that."