By Meagan Nichols - Staff Reporter Memphis Business Journal

Oct 8, 2015, 2:59pm CDT

It’s over the river and down the bridge to Marion, Arkansas, we go, for a new dining option.

Funkee’s Café, located at 2895 Highway 77, Suites 2 and 3, will open to the public in late October.

The restaurant will have Italian gelato, gourmet coffees, New Orleans shaved ice, various yogurts and other light meal options. Mary Singer, Funkee's owner, said they plan to use farm fresh ingredients.

“We want to keep residents of Marion from having to drive across the river in search of premium coffee, shaved ice, sliders and other food delicacies,” Singer said, in a release. “And just as much, we want to give the Mid-South a reason to cross over the bridge to enjoy what we offer. They’ll find the trip’s well worth it.”

Singer said she wants Funkee’s Cafe to become “Marion’s place.”

“We’re not a chain,” Singer said. “We’re local. Our employees are local. Our purpose is to serve the local community.”

An event room at the restaurant is also available for functions.