Thur update #1

The Daily Memphian coronavirus blog reports that the Memphis Farmers Market is going to delay its season opening. The Market was scheduled to open April 4, but due to the Safer at Home order Mayor Strickland issued, they want to help flatten the curve. They do not have a new opening day selected yet, although May 9 is a possibility.

Play Downtown restaurant bingo! Order to-go or delivery from 5 restaurants on your card between now and April 7 and send photos of receipts to enter to win a $50 gift card. There will be multiple winners.

Raw Girls juice bar is coming Downtown. The Daily Memphian reports (subscribers-only link) that Amy and Hannah Pickle have signed a lease for a narrow location at 150 Peabody Place, the fourth Raw Girls location and the first with a long-term lease. They will carry plant-based entrees as well as juices and smoothies. The DMC has been very supportive of the Pickles, meeting via teleconference during the pandemic to approve a grant for the business.

The Downtown Memphis Commission has a complete list of restaurants open for pick-up and delivery and their hours of operation. I see the “Load More Locations” button, last seen during Downtown Dining Week, is back… can we PLEASE have a “Show All Locations” button? Or just show all locations as the default and have no button at all?

Loflin Yard posted their pick-up and delivery menu for both food and beverages (click images for a larger size):

From The Daily Memphian: The renovation of the buildings at 99 S. Front and 105 S. Front moves forward. These buildings will be turned into 112 apartments, ground-floor retail, and underground parking. The Butcher Shop used to be in the front of these buildings with The Pier in the back.

There will be a special virtual edition of Cerrito Trivia tonight at 7 on Facebook Live. Kevin says, “This inaugural virtual event will feature a hodgepodge of questions about science, history, geography, current events, sports, food, TV, movies, music & more.” Assemble your team however you want: Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime, conference call, or even in person if you can pull that off while maintaining social distancing standards.

Pam and Terry plan on going live on Facebook Live from their front porch Friday at 7. It’s unclear whether they’re going to do it from Pam’s page or the band page, so if you go to one page and don’t see the performance, try the other.

Guitar maker Fender is offering three months of free online guitar lessons to help people get through the boredom of coronavirus isolation.

Glad to see this: Bill Frist, that is Dr. Bill Frist, the former Republican senator from Tennessee, thinks state health officials are handling the coronavirus outbreak “perfectly.” He believes the nation should not try to rush through a quarantine and hurry to re-open the economy, and that if we do, we will end up overwhelming the hospitals.

I wonder if there will be civic unrest if the quarantine lasts longer than expected… could happen the week of Easter when Trump’s promise of reopening the economy turns out to be uninformed and impractical.

That’s it for now. I’ll post more news throughout the day as it comes in.