Thur update #2

After a couple of weeks of delay, Curb Market, Midtown’s new market which will sell locally-sourced fresh produce, dairy products, and meats, will open tomorrow. It will be at 596 South Cooper in the former Easy Way space. Of course, my number-one recommendation for Downtowners to shop for fresh produce is the Memphis Farmers Market at the corner of Front and G.E. Patterson, Saturdays from 7 AM to 1 PM beginning April 2. However, if you cannot make it to the Farmers Market, this is an option.

“The Piano Man” plays FedExForum tomorrow night at 8. Get tickets to Billy Joel here.

I’m setting a goal for myself at South Main Trolley Night tomorrow night: I plan on having a drink or two at Nate’s bar. I have thrown around “Nate’s bar” a few times on this blog recently with the assumption that my readers knew what that was; however, I have picked up a number of new readers in the past 12 months, so some of you probably don’t. Allow me to explain.

Around 9:00 on Fridays and Saturdays at Earnestine & Hazel’s, a door is opened, exposing a stairway to the second floor. If you go up the stairs and go all the way down the hall to the back right corner, there is an upstairs bar tended by a gentleman named Nate who has been there 20+ years. It’s a small bar that seats no more than ten. In my early years Downtown, I went to Nate’s bar nearly every weekend, especially during 2007 when Downtown had a shortage of locals’ bars. Some of the most interesting and fabulous conversations of my life happened with strangers I met at Nate’s bar. Many of those strangers I never saw again. Some of those strangers became good friends of mine to this day. By 2012 my visits to Nate’s bar had decreased to once or twice a year. By then I had so many places I loved within four blocks of my home that my trips to South Main became more rare.

If you’ve never been to Nate’s bar, you need to go. You will feel the soul of Downtown Memphis.

For my newer readers, if you’ve never played a song on the jukebox downstairs at E&H and eaten a Soul Burger, you owe it to yourself to have that experience too. I recommend some soul or Motown from the ’60s for your jukebox selection. “Try a Little Tenderness” performed by Otis Redding would be a good one. Of course, you can’t go wrong with anything by Al Green.

Yesterday a Trump supporter tweeted a bad photo of Heidi Cruz side-by-side along a photo of Donald Trump’s former-model wife Melania. Trump manually retweeted it. Ted Cruz responded, “Donald, real men don’t attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life.” Wow, the Republican primary season has gone so far out of control that I find myself agreeing with Ted Cruz.

Here’s more on Trump and Cruz dragging each other’s wives into the mudslinging. To my Republican friends, aren’t you proud of the display of class the two frontrunners of your party are putting on this week? Obama would never sink to this level. Bernie would never sink to this level. Hillary is probably capable of sinking to this level, but she’s too smart to go there.

St. Jude is hiring an Advisor, Organization Development. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen my friends who work at St. Jude post “I love my job!!!” to Facebook.

Cookies on Tap is tonight at High Cotton brewery taproom. It’s a pairing of beer with Girl Scout Cookies, with proceeds going to benefit Troop 901. Online ticket sales have closed, but tickets will be available at the door.

Happy birthday to The Undertaker, who turns 51 today. He will face Shane McMahon at Hell in a Cell at Wrestlemania this year.

That’ll do it for this post. I will be out at the Silly Goose this evening for either a very short time or a couple of hours, depending on whether they re-stocked PBR today.