Callie Ring is remodeling the former Mexiko Cafe on South 1st Street into Melody’s, a high-end brunch and craft cocktail establishment that is expected to open in mid February. Melody’s will include an indoor stage, unique brunch dishes and a sidewalk mimosa bar during special occasions. Eventually, Callie hopes to have an outdoor stage behind the business. David Stone photo

Melody’s could open in February in former Mexiko building


The owner of Melody’s, a specialty restaurant and bar that will open this winter on South 1st Street, promises to take Downtown fun to new heights.

“I’m creating an elevated brunch and craft cocktail experience,” said Callie Ring, a former wedding photographer who operated The Loft venue upstairs from The Hub.

Melody’s will feature high-end breakfast and lunch dishes, craft cocktails and — as the name implies — music.

“We’re still working on the menu, but it will include items such as Liège Belgian waffles, baked French toast infused with orange, charcuterie boards, goat cheese sandwiches, soups, fruit and specialty items such as strawberry almond salad,” she said. “We also will have brunch beverages — maybe an espresso martini.”

Melody’s — located in the former Mexiko Cafe next to Lenna Lane’s boutique and a couple doors south of Treno’s Pizzeria — will offer select beers and wines, but the beverage focus will be on high-end craft cocktails.

“We will use finer ingredients — we want people to know they are getting something special,” Callie said. “We might put dry ice in certain drinks to make them smoke.”

Fun foods and beverages also will be available for younger guests during special occasions, including drinks that change colors and pancake art.

Melody’s, which Callie hopes to open by mid-February, will seat about 45 people in leather seats around marble tabletops and underneath chandeliers.

“This is a beautiful building, and I’m shining it up some,” she said.

Callie has pretty much gutted the restaurant, sold the Mexiko bar and furnishings, and is expanding the kitchen. One wall in the building is being stripped down to the original brick.

The kitchen is being reconfigured, and new food preparation equipment has already arrived and is waiting in the dining area for the galley expansion to be complete.

Callie plans to partner with Adi from Lenna Lane and eventually enclose an outdoor area in the back of both buildings.

“We will put in an outdoor stage and have live music and acoustic sets,” she said. “Melody’s also will have a small stage inside for entertainment options such as jazz combos and comedy.”

Callie plans on utilizing the front sidewalk during peak times and special events.

“If there is a wait for a table, customers can visit our mobile mimosa bar out front,” she said with a smile.

Melody’s elevated brunch and craft cocktails will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and those hours likely will be expanded for special events.

“We will be open at night during First Friday celebrations and other occasions,” Callie said. “Melody’s will offer a new Temple experience.”

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