Thur update: Harry’s Detour to close soon, traffic signal out, CCC is now DMC, Thursday night parties

If you want to eat at Harry’s Detour in the South Main district, you better make your reservations soon. It will close on Friday, July 29, ending on a high note with Trolley Night. The restaurant’s staff will move to the Midtown location. Fellow blogger Ryne Hancock has more details about the closing on his blog Southern Times, Girls and Sports.

The intersection of Danny Thomas and Vance should be avoided for the next few days. Workers will be replacing a signal pole, and as they’re working, the traffic signal there will be a four-way stop. We all know how well Memphians understand four-way stops at flashing red lights (they don’t at all), so my best advice is to stay away from this intersection if you can help it.

The Center City Commission has officially been rebranded the Downtown Memphis Commission. Paul Morris can now say he runs DMC.

It’s Thursday party night. Four big outdoor parties will be going on. The Third Thursday party is tonight at Main and Peabody Place. Tonya Dyson & Green Onions, Soul Survivors, and Vic Reid Quartet will perform, with discounts and specials at restaurants and shops in the area. Free to the public, starts at 5:30.

Free Sol with Black Rock Revival and Matt Nathanson are the featured entertainment atop the Peabody tonight. Buffet theme is Pan-Asian tonight, with egg rolls, Pad Thai, and pork fried rice. In VIP the buffet will have spicy cashew chicken, spring rolls and fried dumplings. $10 to get in includes first drink, ladies free until 7.

If you have a VIP pass to the Peabody rooftop parties, there’s a pre-party for you in the Corner Bar from 5 to 6, with featured beer Michelob Ultra. You have to show your VIP card to get in.

There’s also an after-party, open to the public, in the Corner Bar from 10 to 12, with music by Eric “Scrappie” Hughes and Guy Jr. VIP card-holders get two-for-one drinks at this party.

Over at the Madison, rooftop party guests will enjoy funky rhythm & blues with Elmo & the Shades. Sophisticated drinks and distinctive tapas available. $7 to get in. Doors open at 5:30, sunset at 8:11.

Meanwhile, at Handy Park on Beale, Kix on Beale will have its final week of the year. Brantley Gilbert and Gloriana will perform, starting at 7:30. There will be a couple of after-parties, with Hollywood Disco hosting a beer bust and hottest cowgirl contest, and Rum Boogie having a Barenjager tasting at 10.

That’s all for now. I’ll be out somewhere tonight. Where, I’m not sure yet.