Parts of new Memphis bar 'Railgarten' closed by code enforcement

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Parts of a new Memphis restaurant and bar have been closed due to possible code violations.

Railgarten opened in early April in the Cooper-Young area. The business has a restaurant, bar, outdoor entertainment space, and ping pong tables.

However, Memphis Code Enforcement said certain decor in the bar is illegal. Specifically, Code Enforcement said the shipping containers used in the outdoor area are illegal.

The Tiki Bar and Ping Pong Bar portions of Railgarten are currently closed.

According to Railgarten Partner  Martha Hample, the business passed fire and health inspections, and the business felt it was safe to open other portions of the business.

Railgarten expects to re-open all aspects of the Cooper-Young area business Wednesday

Railgarten defended its use of shipping containers by saying, "we feel is an important part of the overall design aesthetic of Railgarten. The containers reinforce the physical connection to the neighboring rail line, importance of transportation to the neighborhood, and offer outlets for local visual and musical artists."

Railgarten also said its legal counsel believes where the business is located is in fact zoned in a way that the shipping containers are legal.

On Thursday, Railgarten released the following statement:

Use of Shipping Containers

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