Mayor-elect Paul Young helps cut the ribbon during the grand opening of ESCO Restaurant and Tapas in Downtown Memphis. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The Tri-State Defender)

ESCO Restaurant and Tapas became the newest addition to the Memphis’ downtown dining scene with its recent grand opening.

Envisioned as becoming Memphis’ “go-to destination for exquisite tapas and an unparalleled dining experience,” the venue is a franchise of the renowned Atlanta-based ESCO brand. It is located at 158 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., near the FedExForum and the Westin Hotel.

The ESCO brand is founded by entrepreneur Mychel “Snoop” Dillard and hip-hop icon 2 Chainz.

The grand opening included a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured Mayor-elect Paul Young, Greater Memphis Chamber representatives and proprietors Mowbray Rowand and Cherina Rowand, founders of the Rowand Restaurant Group.

The new restaurant transforms a long-standing vacant building.

ESCO Memphis advertises “a diverse menu of delectable dishes and a curated selection of wines and spirits.” (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The Tri-State Defender)

ESCO Memphis advertises “a diverse menu of delectable dishes and a curated selection of wines and spirits in an elegantly designed space that reflects the rich cultural tapestry of Memphis (with the unique modern touch of a robot server!).”

A soft opening was held a month ago.