Since Paulette's made the decision to leave it's location in Overton Square, where it has been forever, I haven't thought much about it. I like Paulette's but only go there about once every few years or so. I had forgotten just what an institution it had become until people (non-downtowners) started asking me about Paulette's move to Harbor Town. Questions like, How long will it last? Where the heck is it? What will they serve? have been lodged and I had no answers. The River Inn website has updated their information in anticipation of the March 1st launch:
"Paulette's Restaurant has been operating successfully in Memphis for 37 years, and as of March 1, 2011, moved its popular, award winning restaurant to the River Inn. It has been described by one reviewer as "A Memphis institution and for a very good reason". Paulette's will serve the same soups, salads, entrees and desserts that have made it well known throughout the mid-south, and Chef Scott Donnelly will add his exquisite creations on a daily baisis. For many years, Paulette's has won recognition for Memphis' "Best Continental cuisine and as the "Most Romantic" restaurant.
The intimate, well-appointed dining room features fine woodwork and high ceilings, as well as original artwork and abundant fresh flowers. The high windows afford breathtaking views of the Mississippi River in Downtown Memphis, and candlelit tables create a romantic ambiance."
They will also serve brunch on the weekends and, I checked, they will still have those sweet little popovers with strawberry butter. Bon Appétit with a river view!