Wed update: Chicken Newport!

Longtime residents of the Downtown core remember Cafe 61 on Second Street across from the Peabody. That restaurant offered many delicious entrees, my favorite of which was Chicken Newport, topped with mushrooms and cheese. Well, guess what… it’s coming back! No, not Cafe 61. Derk Meltzer, who was the chef at that restaurant, has taken over the kitchen at The Vault. He is overhauling the entire menu, starting with lunch and then dinner. When asked if any dishes regulars might remember could show up on the menu, he said that you can expect to see Chicken Newport.

For those of you who have never had this fabulous dish, I found a Chicken Newport recipe on Place at the Table.

The weekly Our Yoga Downtown series returns Tuesday, April 2. This free and open class, led by instructor Charlie Hayden from 6 to 7 PM Tuesdays, will be at the beautiful new River Garden this year. Bring your own mat or towel, and water and sunscreen would be advisable as well. You must sign a waiver to participate. Free parking the first week of every month in Shoppers Garage, on Front between Adams and Jefferson, with your signed waiver. YOGA!

Did you know that you can buy a fully operational inflatable hot tub from Aldi for $394? Well, it’s not in stores, but available online. We need to check the BBQ Fest rulebook and see if there’s anything in there about inflatable hot tubs being outlawed. As Director of PR that would be a huge selling point for me to recruit new members, and believe me I would go after a certain demographic.

Question for my readers which is COMPLETELY unrelated to the paragraph above: Which club in Memphis these days has the best strippers?

So, tomorrow is Major League Baseball Opening Day, as well as the beginning of the second week of March Madness. Max might as well put a Christmas tree up at Max’s Sports Bar, because that’s basically what tomorrow is for his clientele.

Memphis in May announcement!

Elle Perry in the Daily Memphian’s Daily Briefs column reports that the Orpheum will undergo some renovations. About $100,000 will be spent to upgrade the box office and front-of-house management offices. Eventually the plan will be to renovate the parlor located off the Grand Lobby.

Blind Bear is looking to hire 2 cooks, 1 dishwasher, and 2 servers. If interested hit me up at or on Facebook and give me your contact info and I will get you in touch.

Teach901 will hold another job fair Wednesday, April 10 from 6 to 8 PM at Crosstown Concourse. College seniors and recent graduates with an interest in a teaching career are encouraged to attend.

The Daily Memphian has an article on Comeback Coffee, opening in The Pinch on Friday.

The Grizzlies host the Golden State Warriors tonight at 7 at FedExForum.

Memphis Marketing Trivia Smackdown happens tonight at Earnestine & Hazel’s 5:30-8:30.

Stanley’s Sweet Street Treats will be the food truck tonight at Cordelia’s Market 5-8. Try the soft shell crab BLT!

Not a Downtown event but too cool not to mention: Drunk Lightsaber Dueling tonight at the Rec Room

Memphis Armored Fight Club is presenting Bluff City Brawl at the Hi-Tone in Crosstown Saturday, June 8. Dang… by booking events like this, the Jake “The Snake” Roberts live show, and The Bar Olympics, Skinny is definitely thinking way outside the box. I like it.

Oh, speaking of Olympics news, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is cutting all funding for the Special Olympics out of her department’s budget. I’m thinking of a word. It’s 4 letters and begins with “c.” Can you guess the word?

Short post today, at least compared to the previous two. I think I’ll hit Blind Bear for lunch. Back tomorrow with more news.