Wednesday update

The Hungry Memphis blog reports that one of South Main’s best restaurants will be closing temporarily. Rizzo’s will close for about a month because a tree is growing into the north wall, making repairs necessary. Sunday brunch on the 20th will be your last chance to get in there before the closure.

The good news is that Rizzo’s won’t be totally gone during that month. They will do a pop-up at Fuel the 25th and 26th, and then from January 29-February 21 they will have a pop-up location inside the 409 South Main food hall. Chef Michael Patrick arranged the pop-ups so that his employees would not have to go without work during the month that the restaurant is closed.

Those of you who are susceptible to colds and the flu might want to stock up on vitamin C, because the weather this weekend is going to be exactly the kind that makes folks sick. Saturday there are going to be thunderstorms with highs in the low 60s. Saturday night, however, the temperature will plummet to the mid to upper 20s and there could be some light snow overnight. Sunday the temperatures won’t recover much at all during the day and will fall to the low 20s that night.

Amidst all the news yesterday I missed that the hit Broadway musical Waitress has started its run at the Orpheum. There are shows through Sunday.

South of Beale is seeking a full-time cook. They want someone with at least 2 years experience and a passion for the food industry, someone who is reliable and who has reliable transportation. To apply, visit SOB’s Careers page, or stop by the restaurant between 2 and 5 PM to apply in person.

The Hilton Garden Inn across from AutoZone Park will open tomorrow. The Daily Memphian has a look at the hotel’s greyhound theme.

The Daily Memphian’s Geoff Calkins has a great piece of analysis on how there’s no easy fix for the mess the Grizzlies are in. It’s Adoptable Pet Night tonight as the Grizzlies host the Milwaukee Bucks. Free Grizz Girl & Puppy poster to the first 5000 fans. Tip-off is at 7 PM.

Wiseacre is hosting a Bleus, Blues, and Brews Tour and Pairing Saturday, January 26. The focus will be on blue cheese, and there will be pairings of Wiseacre craft beers with various cheeses. They will talk about how fermentation plays a role in the making of both beer and cheese. Cost is $20 and includes beer sampling, plenty of cheese, and blues music. There are tour times at 4 PM and 6 PM, and seating is limited so if you want to attend, don’t hesitate to make your reservation.

There’s a site called Pay It Furloughed where you can buy a beer for a federal worker furloughed by the government shutdown.

Say Cheese and Soi Number 9 will be the featured trucks at Food Truck Wednesday tonight at Cordelia’s Market. 5-8 PM.

That’s it for now. Heading out to Blind Bear for the chicken fried steak and jalapeno cream gravy lunch special the cook told me they would have today. Back tomorrow with more news.