As your #1 source of news and information about The Edge District, I have some huge news to report this morning. Yesterday Memphis Made Brewing Co. made it official: They are opening a second brewery and taproom, and it will be in The Edge, located at the corner of Madison and Lauderdale. The Cooper-Young location will remain open and will shift its focus to brewing specialty beers. The new Memphis Made taproom will be almost 8000 SF and will have a patio overlooking The Ravine, the new park being constructed on the site of an old railroad spur between Union and Madison in The Edge.
Congratulations, Drew and Andy, and you can expect regular appearances from me in your taproom once you get it open. It’s high time I put down some roots in that neighborhood.
The Pinch-Pyramid pedestrian bridge over Front Street is back in the works, now being planned at a new location a half block south of the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. This will allow visitors to access the Pyramid through its front door, rather than its little-known back door which was originally the plan. This could be an incentive for new restaurants and nightlife to open in The Pinch, and a boon for businesses already there such as Comeback Coffee, Westy’s, and Ferraro’s.
Memphis Madness is tonight at FedExForum. Open men’s and women’s basketball team practice with live music, spirit squads, Pouncer, and more. This will most likely sell out.
The Memphis Flyer has news about Momma’s Roadhouse, the new Aldo dive bar in the former Dirty Crow Inn spot at Crump and Kentucky. The bar will have a trucker theme and will be designed for truckers exiting off I-55, as well as industrial workers in the many businesses in the area just south of Downtown. Aldo bought the building back in March and agreed to continue to run it as The Dirty Crow Inn for six more months. Now the conversion is under way and Aldo is moving toward a burger-heavy menu that will probably see some tweaks. They’ll continue to have live music, including bluesman Eric Hughes Friday night and Jerry Patton Duo Saturday night, both starting at 9 PM. “Like” Momma’s Roadhouse on Facebook to keep up with the latest news at the bar.
Many people were disappointed Momma’s did not keep the Crow’s famous wings, considered by many to be the best in Memphis, on its menu. Well, there’s a reason for that. The people from the Dirty Crow made a post to Facebook yesterday with an explanation. When the deal went down, they lost the building, but retained the name The Dirty Crow Inn and all the recipes. They want everyone to know that they are NOT FINISHED and they have a new building in which The Dirty Crow Inn 2.0 will open around the first of the year. Those wings and that 5-star dive bar feel will be back, they want to assure everyone.
Lazer Lloyd and the Tulsa Youngbloods will play a show at the King’s Palace Cafe Tap Room Saturday at 8 PM. Their sound is described as “Americana Red Dirt.”
America (the band) has announced a March 15 date at the Orpheum. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
Couple of Election Night watch parties going on Downtown tonight. District 7 candidate Jerred Price will have a watch party at Mollie Fontaine’s, while judicial candidate David Pool will have a watch party at Westy’s.
There will be live music in Court Square at today’s food truck rodeo.
Even more news about The Edge District… shop at BOXLOT today and tag the MMDC, BOXLOT, and the BOXLOT stores on Facebook and Instagram for discounts. It’s Tag Thursday!
Here’s a tip for you: If you don’t want to get banned from happy hour at your local watering hole, don’t drunk-text the bartender at 12:19 AM on her night off and say “Banned from happy hour LOL.” Here’s that link where you can buy a breathalyzer for your phone again. But hey, thanks for giving those of us in the Downtown core something to talk about. Maybe one day your “fam” will see the person behind the facade.
Time to get to work. Back tomorrow with more news.