Greer Fredericks Talks Peaches, Wall Street's Revitalization, Norwalk Now
If you follow local social media, or better yet, if you cruise down Wall Street and its cross streets, you’ll notice an uptick in development. The area has its mainstays like Fat Cat Pie Co., Bar Sugo, and B.J. Ryan’s. Then there’s Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint that’s about to celebrate its one-year anniversary on October 5.
Owned by Greer Fredericks, Peaches (also Greer’s nickname) is a true southern food restaurant that’s well-known for its stick-to-your-ribs cuisine and a well-balanced cocktail list that includes down south sweet drinks and boozier classics that are an ode to New Orleans. If that’s not enough, Peaches’ upstairs Juke Joint gets rockin’ with some of the best live music in the area. Due to Greer’s music industry background, you never know what famous musician might be showing up to crank out some tunes. Positioned at one end of Wall Street, and although still relatively new, Peaches symbolizes a transformation and imminent comeback of this historic artist district. We sat down to chat with Greer about all of this and more.
Explain Peaches to those who haven’t been. What should a first timer eat or drink here?
It’s a southern pub and juke joint. A relaxed atmosphere. It’s come one, come all. It’s southern hospitality, judgment-free, responsible rowdiness, respectful fun. You’ll see people dressed to the nines, or someone dressed in sweats. We give hugs if you want one, and spankings upstairs in the restaurant’s alter ego Juke Joint. We’ve had Ted Nugent, Pete Francis, Dispatch, and The Allman Brothers play up there.
(Food & drink) Sazerac, Hurricane, Painkiller, the bucket of chicken is amazing, county fair bacon, redneck pu-pu platter, fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits.
What do you see for the future of Wall Street and its revitalization?
I see a lot more bodies. They’re building apartments, so there will be a lot more people living here, more retail, more food, and bars. This neighborhood calls for funky stuff, like a record store, furniture store, and other independent businesses. The rents here are still affordable enough so there’s opportunity. Before I decided to buy the downstairs (formerly Apricot Bar & Grill), I felt out the neighborhood. I met people and was drawn to the sense of family and neighborhood that’s present in the Wall Street area.
What is your role and Peaches role in this transformation?
I don’t know if there’s one particular role. You just have to be a member of the community. If people are coming to Fat Cat next door, they’re likely coming here too. My role is to continue being supportive of everyone, their businesses, and to continue being one of the beacons for the street.
What’s new in the neighborhood?
Troupe 429 is coming in next door to me. It’s an LGTBTQ bar and performance space, which is important that there’s a safe place like that locally. Chocopologie is another. Lots of apartments are coming in or are being renovated and the Wall Street Theater recently reopened.
What can Norwalk Now do for businesses around here?
It can be tough for a small business to write a big check to pay for a public relations person or firm. If you’re telling me that I can get a team of experienced people behind this effort, that is going to be my support, publicize my restaurant’s events, news, and other happenings, I’d find a way to pay to participate. Linda Kavanagh’s team has a proven track record and they’re bringing on experienced writers and photographers, a branding team, and even a social media expert to spearhead Norwalk Now. The funding from the Norwalk Parking Authority makes it even more of a no-brainer!
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