It appears that Cockadoos, the popular breakfast/lunch spot on South Second, has closed. I started seeing rumors on Twitter about noon, and a little after 2 they confirmed through their @cockadoos account that today was their last day. Very sad to see it go. I was a huge fan of their hashbrowns, which I ordered topped with chili, cheese, onions, and jalapenos. I also loved “The Shag,” a peanut butter-and-banana French toast dish which I bet Elvis would have liked a lot. They had one of the few salad bars Downtown, and they opened at midnight Friday and Saturday and stayed open all night, offering a better option than Denny’s for very-late-night dining. I will miss the place for sure.
I’ve been asked what to do if you bought a Cockadoos Groupon but haven’t redeemed it yet. You need to contact Groupon. Their FAQ says, “If anything happens that makes it impossible for you to redeem your Groupon, we’ll make sure you get your money back.” You can contact Groupon through their support page.
This Thursday is the Mid-Main Third Thursday Block Party. Several restaurants and shops on the Main Street Mall from Union to Peabody Place have specials and entertainment. Shelton Clothiers has announced that they will have all their spring and summer merchandise 50-75% off Thursday-Saturday, and they invite everyone by for wine and hors d’oeuvres at the block party. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.
“The Killer” is coming back to Beale Street. Jerry Lee Lewis will be honored next month at the Pioneer Awards, to be held at the New Daisy on August 23. More info here.
Cozy Corner is up for an award in Men’s Health magazine’s “The Manliest Restaurants in America in 2012″ poll. They’re nominated for Best BBQ Joint. The Memphis Daily news has the details on how you can vote. Cozy Corner is on North Parkway, in a strip mall just east of Danny Thomas, and is famous for its ribs and Cornish game hens.
I saw a great blog post linked on Twitter this morning. If you’re unemployed, under-employed, or fully employed but not happy with your current job, check out this post on five ways volunteering can help your career. The advice given is so spot on. By volunteering, you can meet new people, develop new skills, and demonstrate that you’re a self-starter. I’d be willing to bet that someone who’s unemployed who volunteers 10 hours of their time a week wouldn’t stay unemployed long. Fantastic way to create your own luck.
Kerry from the I Love Memphis Blog made it to Brass Door Bingo on a Wednesday night at the Brass Door recently. I haven’t made it by yet, and learned a few things from her post. Mainly, I learned that it’s true British bingo, with a card much different from the 5-column, 1-to-75 card Americans are familiar with. Sounds like a fun night… one of these Wednesdays I’m going to have to skip my weekly trivia at the Blind Bear and check out bingo.
Last night I went to the Silly Goose to observe the final table in Poker Jon’s poker league. I ended up staying for the 10:00 game, and came in second, earning me a prize of a 1:15 AM bedtime. I made a stupid mistake at the end and went all-in with a hand that’s average at best. Not sure whether I was just tired and wanted to go home, or whether I wanted to show my opponent, who I’ve known to be very aggressive in the past, that I could be aggressive too. Lesson to be learned is that you can do everything well for a long time in no-limit poker games, and then wipe it all out with one dumb move.
Had a haircut appointment after work but it got rescheduled. Guess I’ll go to the Saucer then. Depending on my mood I may or may not play poker at the Blind Bear at 8.