WKND is set to debut as a downtown destination on Thursday afternoon. (Courtesy photo)
Brianna A. Smith

“The WKND Experience is unapologetically our own. We don’t pattern ourselves after anyone. So expect to have a great time with great people. Expect great service and a great product. Expect an atmosphere that makes you want to return.”

Take that from Joe Johnson, who owns WKND Hang Suite, along with Adrian ‘AG’ Granderson and Robert Higgins.

Opening to the public at 4 p.m. on Thursday, the new upscale bar/lounge seats 100 inside and outside on the patio. Designed with touches that suggest both period speakeasy and contemporary urban boite, it is outfitted with beautiful lighting, chandeliers, concrete floors, a filled bar, custom tabletops and comfortable couches and suite chairs.

Casual, yes, but the space is stylish enough to hold its own.

WKND Hang Suite is chic, modish and has a big city ambiance. It is an absolute great addition to Memphis’ downtown flair for individuals seeking alternative entertainment and a mature nightlife.

“The WKND was designed to be a place to stop by when you’re en route somewhere else, such as a Grizzlies game or before a show at the Orpheum,” Johnson said. “Or, if you’re at an outing and it’s too much for you, you can come here and be a little more relaxed.”

WKND offers small plates only, meant to supplement the drinks or provide a snack.

The menu consists of WKND shrimp and wings that are dipped in the WKND signature sauce, Hot Tail appetizer that consists of deep fried lobster tails tossed in sriracha sauce (a twist on bang bang shrimp, but with lobster), and the weekender chicken tacos.

Five signature cocktails, as well as top shelf liquor, accent the beverage list.

Joe Johnson, Adrian ‘AG’ Granderson and Robert Higgins.

The WKND Hang Suite in Nashville, also owned by the trio, already has a rooted reputation.

“In 2013, WKND started as a place to hang out with friends. Six years later, it remains a favorite of those who don’t ‘club,’ but enjoy the atmosphere of great music mixed with great food and drinks,” said Johnson.

Each of the trio of owners is from Memphis and a Tennessee State University graduate. Together they run multiple venues in the Nashville metro area.

“We’re looking forward to coming into the Memphis market and giving Memphis a taste of The WKND,” said Johnson.

“Memphis has an array of options when it comes to its nightlife, but the inspiration is for the WKND to be vibe-driven by the crowd.”