Thursday, October 3, 2013

DeJavu Restaurant Opens Downtown Location

DeJavu Restaurant Celebrates the Opening of a second 
location in Downtown Memphis.  Chef Gary Williams owner, 
has rolled the success of the small DeJavu location into a 
fantasy duplicate, with many upgrades.  

DeJavu Restaurant
is located at 51 S. Main Street.
Everyone that comes in that works or lives in the 
downtown area, has commented on the fact that 
DeJavu is the one thing that Downtown was missing.

The decor of DeJavu is filled with the art of Frank Robinson.
Mr. Robinson did some special artwork filled with a
New Orleans Theme.

As a part of the Grand Opening Week Chef Gary Williams 
was a gracious host to many friends, family, local politicians, 
and entertainers.  Some of the guests were former
Mayor Willie Herenton, Julian Bolden, James Alexander, 
Henry Turley, Steve Cohen, Myron Lowery. 
Everything was perfect, the Jazz band played as hundreds 
of guests lined up to taste the luxurious spread Chef Gary had 
laid out.  There was a blanket of  Fruit, Crudites and Cheese. 
 Pasta Primavera, Portabella Mushroom Pasta, Catfish Strips,
 Lemon Herb Chicken,  A Roast Beef  carving station,  and petite cheesecakes are just a few items on display. 
Also waitresses circulated platter with gator bites and 
remoulade sauce.

Also, neighbor Donald O' Connor, unveiled a dance 
extravaganza with his Watoto dancers.  The young 
dancers serenaded the crowd out front on Main Street. They
danced to the sounds of Stax, Earth, Wind and Fire and 
the latest from Justin Timberlake. 

As a final note, we would like to thank Brooke Thomas
of Fox 13 for coming down to update everyone about 
the new items on our menu. 

Monday, September 9, 2013


September will be the month that DeJavu' Restaurant
makes history.  Everyone is acquainted with the Dejavu Restaurant located at 936 Florida Street, but now there will be a second Dejavu Restaurant opening at 51 S. Main St.  We have a target opening 
date set for September 24, 2013.  This date happens to coincide with the 5 year anniversary of DeJavu Restaurant #1.
 Stay tuned to the Facebook page 
for all the updates.

Also DeJavu Restaurant Downtown has a new facebook page
Please go the page and hit the LIKE Button, to stay updated on 
the opening of the new Restaurant.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DeJavu Restaurant Downtown Opening Soon

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Chef Gary is excited about this new information. 
It has gotten close to the date of opening 
Dejavu Restaurant Downtown.

Don't worry DeJavu Restaurant on Florida Street will remain open.  We have had a great time with all of our guests there and we want to keep the Goodtimes Rolling.

This is a dream that has been a long time coming, and the completion day is just a few weeks away.  
We will be located at 51 S. Main, directly on
the trolley line.

Also all the wonderful food you have enjoyed at
Dejavu will continue to be served at the S. Main location.
Plus we have a few add-ons, such as beignets,
and the Famous New Orleans Hurricanes.
Thats right Dejavu will be selling Cocktails.

We will also we having extended hours, 
11 a.m. til 10 p.m.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Po-boy From Humble Beginnings

Chef Gary Williams of DeJavu Restaurant in Memphis, TN has New Orleans Swag, and you love it.  When the cameras caught up with him today he was busy smoothing with the Bishops of C.O.G.I.C., 'They're in town for Founders Day", he says with a casual glance.  DeJavu is often the Restaurant of the Stars, but Chef Gary's humbleness is what everybody loves.  Although he never went to Culinary School he has the Arts down pat.  
DeJavu New Orleans Po-boy
  • 7 inches french bread (long bread)
  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced tomatoes
  • zatarrains fish fry
  • handful shucked fresh oysters
  • handful peeled and deveined shrimp
  • mayo
Coat shrimp and oysters with Zatarrains and fry 3 to 4 minutes.  Meanwhile slice long bread and dress with mayo on the inside of both slices.  Now add lettuce then tomatoes; now your po-boy is dressed.  
Next remove shrimp and oyster to bowl, then line up 1/2 side of the dressed slice with shrimp then the other half with oyster.  Cover with remaining slice of long bread, and you have a DeJavu New Orleans Po-boy.

Check out the latest happening at DeJavu; watch  The Po-boy From Humble Beginnings / Cooking With Chef Gary.  
Darnell knows his way around a Po-boy
visit our website: DeJavu Restaurant 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


DeJavu Restaurant's Chef Gary Williams was invited for the third year to be a guest Chef for the Sisterhood Showcase.
We always  enjoy doing cooking demonstrations for the public, it not only gives us the opportunity to spread awareness in the community about healthy eating, but it also gives us a chance to let others know about whats going on with DeJavu Restaurant.

On Day One Chef D. went along with me and our cooking demonstration was Shrimp and Grits.  Grits are a staple in the New Orleans kitchen, much like rice, it goes a long way. the Shrimp are prepared with onions  peppers and seasoning then incorporated in a basic roux.  For any of you that has not ever tried it, this simple dish is very delicious, and all the ingredients are readily available at DeJavu any time.  

Day One was a complete success and we got a chance to see a quite a few friends, family, and church members we had not seen in a while.

Day 2 was a more serious day cause it was the day we chose to focus on healthy cooking and eating.  Of course we eat fried foods sometimes but it is also good if you switch up from time to time and bake your fish or meat.  Also I talked with our guests about cooking their vegetables just done, rather than cooking all the taste, color and nutrients out of them, by overcooking.

Our Cooking demonstration was Pasta.  We made Pasta Primavera, Chicken Alfredo and Sun Dried Tomato and Portabello Mushroom Pasta.  Instead of milk we use coconut milk with our cream pastas, and the Sun Dried Tomato Pasta is a vegetarian Pasta.

We has a great time and hope to see you again next year, and please remember we are opening a new location at 51 S. Main St. Memphis, Tennessee, we are hoping to be open by the end of July.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mardi Gras in Memphis

Lassez les bons temps rouler

We have had a wonderful time celebrating Mardi Gras 2013.  DeJavu Restaurant was the featured Restaurant on Fox 13, Good Morning Memphis and we represented for the 504.
Down at the Restaurant we had plenty of Sausages, Gumbo, Red Beans and Free King Cake for everyone!  We had the house special for Mardi Gras which was Smoked Turkey Necks served with boiled potatoes and corn.  Wow it was a packed house until the doors closed.  I want you to know that we appreciate all you guys coming by.

Our Sous Chef James Moore took a few days to go down to New Orleans to participate in the parade.  ZULU!!!



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

2013 Happy New year, and whats new at DeJavu Restaurant.  Hi Folks, this is Chef Gary, and I want to let you know whats been happening with us at the Vu. 

First of all as you all know we are big on celebrating  Mardi Gras.  We gonna have lots of Red Beans and Rice, KingCake for everyone, and New Orleans Beads.  Mardi Gras is February 12th, Fat Tuesdays.  Come on celebrate at the Vu, free KingCake for everyone, and we gonna have a great time.
This year we have been invited to be a guest on our local news Fox13, to talk about Mardi Gras.  So set your DVR February 08. We will also be cooking Mardi Gras food, so look for myself and Chef James.

Now, great news, starting February 04, that’s a Monday, we will be open, from 11:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m. Remember that will be each and every Monday and it  gives us 6 days of the week that you can dine with us, have a great time, and enjoy some great food.
Also, we just got word that DeJavu Restaurant will be the feature for 4Memphis Magazine for the Month of February.  So go to your newsstands and get your own copy.  We fixed all your favorites and showcased it in grand style.  You will be able to see a sneak peek come February 1, by visiting Memphis Magazine online

Finally, come May 1 you guys keep your ear open cause that is our target date to open a new Downtown location.  51 S. Main St. we going New Orleans style with the whole 9 yards.  Everything that you have in your heart to symbolize New Orleans you will be able to get it at the new location.  Food, drinks, entertainment and more.  His has been a secret, but it’s steadily coming to light.  We will be located on Main Street between Monroe and Union, right next to Flight.

We gonna be there DeJavu, where we keep it true to the Roux.