Three Oaks Grill has closed its doors after many years in Germantown. Taking over the space is Elfo's, the lunch restaurant operated by Alex Grisanti. It had been well to the west in Chickasaw Oaks shopping center. With Elfo's departure comes Just for Lunch, the eatery located, in the 1980s and '90s in East Memphis and popular for its chicken salad and homemade rolls.
Midtown welcomes Restaurant Iris, serving French Creole cuisine in the Victorian house long occupied by La Tourelle.
In Downtown Memphis, Conte's Italian restaurant on Madison Ave. has closed, although its owners say they may reopen elsewhere in the city at some point. Also closed downtown is My Greek Restaurant and, on South Main Street, Zanzibar. Also on South Main, in the former site of Wendell's, is Onix, specializing in chicken and Belgian waffles.
In Regalia Shopping Center, the Japanese restaurant Mikasa has closed. And our sympathies go to the staff at Benihana, which burned down in February; plans are in the works to rebuild on that site.