Grill 83 has announced that they will evolve their restaurant into a new concept called Eighty3. Changes will include an updated physical space, the introduction of small plates, and an emphasis on the enjoyment of eating and sharing meals together. During the redesign, restaurant service has moved into the Madison Hotel mezzanine, serving Grill 83 favorites and preview items from the new Eighty3 menu. Eighty3 will open November 16, and will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. “Like” Eighty3 on Facebook to keep informed of news about the restaurant.
A Downtown architecture firm is seeking a marketing coordinator. Details can be found here in a Craigslist listing. Basically you’d need to be familiar with Adobe InDesign, the WordPress platform, and Apple OS X. I have a friend who works at this firm, and she really enjoys her job.
Kate Campbell will perform a special concert at the Center for Southern Folklore Sunday, November 6 at 3 PM. She’ll introduce her new CD, Two Days in Texas, as well as play many of her favorite songs. Call 901-525-3655 to reserve tickets. Tickets are $20 and include a moon pie sundae in honor of Kate’s song Moon Pie Dreams. The Center is smoke-free and friendly to an all-ages audience.
Hockey fans: Kooky Canuck has added the NHL Center Ice channel. The channel lets you watch 40 out-of-market games during the regular season.
The Peabody has announced that Free Sol and the Bo-Keys will play their New Year’s Eve party. View their calendar of events for more details about the party, ticket info, and packages that include the parties along with dinner at Capriccio or Chez Philippe.
The Folk Alliance conference is leaving Memphis in 2014. They will be moving to Kansas City for five years, where they’ll have access to a bigger space and cheaper airline fares. I hate to see Memphis lose such a wonderful conference, but when I attended this year, they were clearly using every available inch of the Marriott’s space.
A Downtown dumpster ordinance amendment passed City Council today. It would curb the practice of businesses placing their dumpsters in public alleys, rent-free. The dumpsters smell and look bad. Current dumpsters would be grandfathered in for two years. New dumpsters generally will not be allowed, unless the owner can prove there’s no other practical alternative. In that case, owners of new dumpsters would have to pay the city rent for taking up alley space. Good move that will make Downtown cleaner.
Two of my friends scored big in Halloween giveaways last night. My friend Bicycle Bobby won the Magic Hat bike at the Flying Saucer. Patrons drank Magic Hat beers to get entry slips. This is Bobby’s 20th bike, and his garage is so full of bikes that he can’t fit his car in there. Within minutes of the drawing, several Saucer girls were asking him, “Can I have the bike?” Geez.
Later in the evening, my friend Jake won the Bardog Tavern Halloween raffle. His prize: A 1987 Cadillac Brougham hearse. I know he really wanted it and I’m happy that he won.
Uggghhhh. Glad Halloween weekend is over. One more day of that and I’d probably be riding in the back of Jake’s new hearse. Plans undecided for after work, but I won’t be out nearly as long as I’ve been the past four nights.