Contact: Andrew J. Groveman
Belz Enterprises

Joe Hemingway
(573) 738-3313



Jimmy Ishii's Latest Venture Makes Scene With Memphis' First Sushi Lounge And Cutting-Edge Cuisine

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (July 20, 2004) - Belz is excited to welcome to Peabody Place a new signature restaurant by famed Memphis restaurateur Jimmy Ishii. Located at 135 South Main Street, Bluefin Edge Cuisine and Sushi Lounge by Sekisui will bring cutting-edge world cuisine along with the city's first sushi lounge to downtown when it opens in September.

Setting a new standard in contemporary dining, Bluefin brings an unmatched hipness to the downtown area. Ishii and Chef Danny Ikelman's joint creation promises to make a dynamic impact on all of the senses with its unique menu, sophisticated decor and the trendy sounds of local DJs.

Starting with its expertly prepared cuisine made with local and exotic ingredients, Bluefin will serve up a diverse menu with such delicacies as Pistachio Crusted Razor Clams and Sake-Butter-Poached Black Bass. For dessert, try the Molten Chocolate Espresso Cake or a trio of Crème Brulée.

Chef Minh Nguyen brings his sushi expertise to the downtown area. Guests will enter uncharted territory with the city's first sushi lounge, a space for relaxation, fine food and conversation. Whereas, the traditional lounge experience stops at ambient music and a cocktail, Bluefin adds sushi from the full sushi bar to the mix, bringing the hip west coast concept to Memphis. Local DJs will perform late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

"We are pleased to welcome Bluefin by Sekisui. The unique concept will be yet another attractive complement to the growing dining and entertainment opportunities found at Peabody Place," said Andrew J. Groveman, senior vice president, Belz Enterprises, developers of Peabody Place. "Bluefin is the perfect place to stop either before or after a Grizzlies game, a movie or a Broadway play."

For the business crowd, Bluefin will serve a moderately priced lunch menu with a quick turnaround. Private dining rooms are also available.

About Belz

Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Belz is a leading innovator in real estate development with interests throughout the Southern United States. Belz developed, owns and/or manages more than 30 million square feet of industrial/warehouse/distribution centers, shopping centers, office buildings, mixed-use centers and corporate campuses. The company also owns a group of premier hotels, including The Peabody Hotels in Memphis, Orlando and Little Rock. Additional information about Belz is available at