11-11-11 party and restaurant news

Tomorrow is 11-11-11 and there are two parties happening Downtown to celebrate the date. The Flying Saucer will have a party tomorrow, tapping three rare beers. Details below:

Meanwhile, down at the Warehouse on G.E. Patterson, there will be a “Maximus Elevenus – This is Spinal Tap” party. Live music by Eldorado and the Ruckus; DJ spinning tunes from Memphis movies; Guitar Hero battle with prizes; Celebrity Karaoke/Air Guitar; Rock Star photos; “Spontaneous Human Combustion” and “The Stonehenge” drinks; showing of This is Spinal Tap on the back patio and more. Get tickets here or at the door.

New restaurant news: I heard last night from a very credible source that construction is about to begin on Aldo’s Pizza Pies. They’re hoping to have the pizzeria, on the Main Street Mall on the ground floor of Barboro Flats, open in March. This time I think they mean it and it’s not another BS opening date that they’ll miss.

There’s also a new restaurant coming down South. The Memphis Daily News reports that Grawemeyer’s will open at 520 S. Main. The space is said to be a “retreat” for Downtowners, with bakery items and a bar in addition to being a full-service restaurant. Grawemeyer’s will be smoke-free (yay!) and will be designed for locals and tourists alike. I’ve heard from another source that the place will be Wi-Fi friendly as well. They hope to be open next month.

My final piece of news is not about a new Downtown restaurant, but rather about one that you may not know existed. Seth Agranov reviewed Roxie’s Grocery at 520 N. Third on his excellent Best Memphis Burger blog. He had the Uptown Burger with two patties and three kinds of cheese. Man that thing looks good! I looked it up on Google Maps, and Roxie’s appears to be located at Third and Mill, only 1 block north of A. W. Willis Avenue. I am definitely going to have to check this place out soon, even if it means (shudder) getting in the car and driving. Follow Seth on Twitter at @MemphisSeth to keep up with all his burger reviews.

And that’s the news for today. Time to turn my attention to the Frosty I just brought back from Wendy’s.