Wed update 2: Majestic gift card sale (***AWESOME DEAL***), Majestic holiday schedule, lighting ceremony in Court Square, new businesses Downtown

One of the best Downtown dining deals of the year happens Wednesday, November 30. The Majestic Grille will sell half-off gift cards starting at 8:30 AM. You can buy them in increments of $50 value for $25 each. The cards can’t be used until after the first of the year, and can’t be used on booze. You have to be there in person – no phone orders – so either tell your boss you’ll be late for work, or make arrangements to have a friend buy the cards for you.

Seriously, this is a deal that is too good to pass up. If you’ve never had Chef Patrick Reilly’s filet, which I consider the best in the city, by all means give it a try. The roasted half chicken, chicken tortellini pasta, flatbreads and Sunday brunch items are all favorites of mine.

The Majestic has also announced their holiday special events for 2011. Here’s the list:

  • Sunday Supper and a Movie will happen the Sundays of November 27-December 18. Special menu available at 6:30, movie starts at 7 (7:30 on November 27). Movies are Miracle on 34th Street (27th), Christmas in Connecticut (4th), Holiday Inn (11th), and It’s a Wonderful Life (18th).
  • Clark’s Christmas Dinner will be Thursday, December 15. Special dinner menu at 7:30 (regular menu available too), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation shown at 8. Contests with prizes available for tackiest holiday sweater and best costume themed after the movie. This sells out every year, so make your reservations if you plan to attend.
  • Kids can enjoy Brunch with Santa on Saturday, December 17. Seatings are available from 10 AM to 1 PM, and in addition to meeting Santa, kids can meet Rocky Redbird and SantaGrizz. Holiday movies will be shown on the big screen. This also sells out every year and reservations are required.
  • There will be live music – jazz standards and your favorite Christmas tunes Saturday nights at the restaurant from November 26 to December 17.

For more info and to make reservations, visit the Majestic Grille’s website.

That’s not all the holiday news I have for you today. The DMC will have their annual Flip the Switch holiday lighting party in Court Square this Friday, November 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Historian Jimmy Ogle will emcee as the holiday lights on Court Square and Main Street are turned on for the first time this season. There will be entertainment by the Watoto De Afrika Performance Ensemble, a special holiday version of karaoke, and an exclusive performance by Deering & Down debuting their new holiday single.

You’re invited to bring a toy to the lighting party. They will attempt to have a MATA bus completely filled with toys for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis by the end of the celebration. After the Court Square festivities are over, there will be an open house reception at Watoto Memphis at 55 S. Main at 6:30 that night. The lighting ceremony is always a lot of fun and I hope to make it… although, I will be “starting early” Friday for those of you who know what I mean…

The DMC has an article on their site about new businesses that have applied for grants. Wow, business is booming Downtown! We’re going to get a produce company in the core, a web design firm in the South Main area, some new clothing boutiques, and Grawemeyer’s restaurant at 520 S. Main that I’ve mentioned previously. Also, already-open Rizzo’s Diner has applied for a grant for facade improvements.

That’s all the news for today. Now it’s time for beer.