Thursday update

For all my readers who frequent Bardog Tavern, please keep general manager Rico in your thoughts this week. Tuesday afternoon he was in a motorcycle accident. He’s recovering in the hospital, and is said to have injured his knee and messed up his right arm and thumb. Get better soon, Rico! Next time I go in I will play some Bee Gees and some Earth, Wind & Fire on the jukebox in your honor.

Cardinals Caravan returns to AutoZone Park Friday, January 18. The event is free to attend, with gates opening at 5:30 and program at 6:30. Among the guests will be former Redbirds manager/current Cardinals first-base coach Stubby Clapp, as will fellow Redbirds and Cards alum Jason Motte. Current Cardinals players Jordan Hicks, Tyler O’Neill, Austin Gomber, and Adolis Garcia will attend, as will Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton. There will be autographs for kids 15 and under – there will be a ticketing system, so get there early to get your ticket. There will be a Q&A session and a raffle. This event has a history of getting canceled due to snow and ice, so let’s hope for warm weather for the area between St. Louis and Memphis that day.

The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team hosts ECU at FedExForum tonight at 8. Can’t be there but want to keep up? There’s now an Official Memphis Tigers app with live stats, streaming video and audio, alerts, scores, and stories. The app is free to download and install.

While we’re on the subject of apps and smartphones, WMC Action News 5 warns of a new scam affecting Apple device users. Scammers spoof a phone call from Apple saying there is a problem with your device. They are after your personal information. Apple never places unsolicited calls to its users.

The new Downtown men’s grooming parlor Baron’s Man Cave is almost ready to open and is now accepting appointments online. The man cave is located at 50 Peabody Place, Suite 101 between Front and Main.

The Downtown Memphis Commission is hosting a Downtown Parking Study Open House at their building at N. Main and Adams, Thursday, January 17. The time is listed as 5:30-6:30 AM but I’m pretty sure they mean PM.

New nonstop flights to and from Memphis International. Via Airlines will be here on June 25 with nonstop flights to Austin and Pittsburgh.

Cupcakes and Craft Beers, a beer dinner featuring three savory and one sweet cupcake by Two Girls and a Whip, returns to the Ghost River taproom Thursday, January 24. Each cupcake will be expertly paired with a Ghost River beer. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance.

Beginning today and for about three weeks, Mississippi Blvd. will be closed to through traffic between Danny Thomas and Lauderdale for sewer work.

The City Council has spent some time on what it would mean if sports betting were legalized in Tennessee and specifically on Beale Street. Although most of the revenue would go to the state, Council members supporting the resolution want to make sure Memphis keeps a fair share.

Chris Vernon announced that all the episodes of The Chris Vernon Show are now on YouTube and you can access them by subscribing to the grindcitymedia channel. His team has been doing an insane amount of work, he says, archiving everything.

The Flyer has a report on the investor who bought the Royal Furniture building and what his plans for the space might be.

That’s it for now. Off to Court Square for Food Truck Thursday. Back tomorrow with more news.