What's Cooking: Skunx Chef Pub

Big changes are underway at Lou's Pizza Pie in Cooper-Young, including a new name. Sometime this weekend -- maybe Friday, maybe as late as Monday -- Lou's will become Skunx Chef Pub.

Don't hold your nose: Skunk is a nickname for Duncan Aiken, the restaurant's new operating manager and the former owner of Overton Park Pizze Stone. He has brought all the pizzas, salads and sandwiches from the old place with him, says he can still make a few of Lou's pies, and he's got a wide variety of blackboard specials daily.

"There's not a stove here," Aiken said. "But you can cook anything in a pizza oven."

Some of the specials include crab cakes, braises are a natural fit, and he's even cooking up beef bones to serve the marrow with artisan bread.

At present, the restaurant has a beer license only, but Aiken hopes to be able to sell wine after the first of the year. When that happens, he plans to host wine tastings featuring other local chefs.

The interior has been redone, down to adding a bar. Aiken wants the place to be a gathering spot for chefs, restaurant workers and night owls, and thus will keep late hours as long as folks are there.

Lou's/Skunx, 2158 Young, is open daily 11 a.m.-until close. Call (901) 722-4031 for more information.

-- Jennifer Biggs: (901) 529-5223

Is something going on at your restaurant? New menu? New chef? Email Jennifer Biggs at biggs@commercialappeal.com with the news.

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