Thursday update

I want to pass on an idea that a friend of mine had yesterday: Typically Beale Street Wine Race is the Sunday before the start of Memphis in May, which has placed it on the last Sunday in April. This year the First Memphis in May event is BBQ Fest, beginning Wednesday, September 30. So can we have Wine Race Sunday, September 27? Or September 20 if the 27th would cause too many people to miss Wine Race because of BBQ Fest load-in?

The 20th really might be the better option… not sure it’s a good idea to have the two most debaucherous events on the spring fall calendar in the same week.

Texas de Brazil re-opened yesterday “with some restrictions.” I’m assuming some of those restrictions are with regard to the salad bar, which is a community dining experience. Anyone eat there yesterday who can fill us in on the changes?

Buying gift cards to be used at a later time is a good way to support small businesses during a pandemic. Through May 20, Lansky at the Peabody is running a buy a gift card, get a bonus gift card free sale. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy a $100 gift card, get a free $25 gift card
  • Buy a $200 gift card, get a free $50 gift card
  • Buy a $500 gift card, get a free $125 gift card
  • Buy a $1000 gift card, get a free $250 gift card
  • Buy a $2000 gift card, get a free $500 gift card

Here’s the link to the gift card sale.

Winfield’s clothing store at 2 S. Main is back open. They have a fantastic selection of clothing and shoes, and many musicians stop in the store when they tour Memphis to pick up some new attire. Be sure to visit the liquor store next door on Madison too, now under the same ownership as Winfield’s.

Flight is offering a Mother’s Day lunch that feeds 4 to 6 people for pick-up for $185. The meal includes

  • Whole roasted beef tenderloin, 5 pounds
  • Spring salad (mixed romaine, strawberries, goat cheese, and candied walnuts)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sauteed mushroom medley
  • Roasted asparagus
  • Roasted heirloom carrots
  • House-made lemon blueberry tart

Dinner will be available for pickup beginning at 11 AM on Saturday. Reheating instructions are included. Call 901-521-8005 to order.

Rizzo’s by Michael Patrick is also doing a Mother’s Day meal for pickup:

The Rusty Pieces will be back online with a streaming concert this evening from 7 to 8.

It’s a pretty common practice these days to not answer phone calls from numbers you do not recognize. However, if you get a call from a number beginning with 901-222-, pick that one up. It’s from a contact tracer with the health department.

The city has announced the locations of 15 speed cameras that have installed in school zones and near S curves where speeding has been a problem in the past. None of the cameras are Downtown.

The Orpheum’s Songwriters Series: Virtual Voices continues Saturday night at 7:30 with The PRVLG.

Gayoso Avenue between Front and Main will be closed Monday, May 11 through approximately Wednesday, May 13 as MLGW does work on an electrical duct line.

From Max’s Sports Bar:

Although we will still be closed for sit down this weekend, @glazescrawfish will be cooking up crawfish/shrimp and we’ll be slinging it togo this Saturday. Mudbugs are $10/lb and shrimp for $15 (prices include sides). And dont forget to order your favorite drink(s) from the giant crawfish out front when you get here! Thanks again for your patronage and we hope to see you this weekend!
As always, we are trying to be as efficient as possible in order to get you guys on your way quickly. So please take note of the following –
1. Please comment on our Facebook post to preorder. Cutoff for preorders is 4:00 on Friday. Walk up orders cannot be guaranteed.
2. Preorders will be served from 11:30-1:30. If you are not here by 1:30 your order will not be guaranteed. (no walkup orders before 1:30).
3. Normal menu will not be available until 2:00.
4. We will offer curbside pickup in the alley. But please be patient as we try to take care of any customers in line on the sidewalk as well.

You can pre-order on their Facebook page – look for the post identical to the above and leave a comment.

Smart move by Max to keep dine-in closed. Those crawfish boils are so popular that there is no way he’d be able to enforce social distancing. Also, a lot of the people who sit at the corner table by the door are of an age where they’re at elevated threat from COVID-19. (Then again, some of those people are of an age that “natural causes” present an elevated threat.)

The Gourmade food truck plans on getting back out this weekend. They’ll be at 525 N. Main Friday 4-7 PM and they’ll be at Crosstown Brewing Co. (more on that in a sec) Saturday. They have been getting long lines, so they ask that you maintain social distancing while you wait, and they’re offering 20% off if you have a mask on.

From Crosstown Brewing Co.:

After a lot of hard work by our staff to prepare, clean and create the safest environment that we can for patrons we’ve decided to open our doors back up to the public for enjoyment starting TOMORROW. (Note: This was posted yesterday, so TOMORROW is TODAY, Thursday.) Our new temporary taproom hours are: Monday-Thursday 2-8pm| Fri-Sunday 12-8pm.
Curbside pick-up and delivery will both still be available. Delivery hours are 12-5pm M-Saturday.
Here are some of the rules/practices: We will be at 50% capacity with hand sanitizing stations around for your usage, we will be using plastic cups only that will not be reused and we will be implementing a continuous cleaning schedule on top of our already strict cleaning practices.
While we are excited to have you back, we ask that all customers adhere to social distancing guidelines and best practices. See you tomorrow!

From Curb Market (Downtown is in their delivery area):

We are running a Mothers’ Day BBQ special sure to keep everyone happy AND safe.
BBQ options include smoked brisket for $9.99 a pound, chopped pork shoulder for $8.99 pound, or whole smoked chicken for $16.99 each (or half smoked chicken for $9.99 each). Quarts of slaw and potato salad are $4.99 each, and and a half-pan of smoked mac & cheese is $19.99.
Pre-orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 6 at 7 pm. Call 901-453-6880 to place your order for pickup or free delivery.

From Bass Pro:

The Bass Pro Pyramid team is super excited to deliver 6,000 face masks to the amazing folks at St. Jude!
Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is personally donating one million FDA-approved ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks to healthcare workers and first responders working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis across the United States.
“We are extremely grateful to our nation’s healthcare workers serving on the frontlines of this unprecedented global health crisis.” ~Johnny Morris

President Trump has bragged about how he was a great baseball player in high school, and easily could have had the option of turning pro had he wanted to. Well, here comes some shocking news: He lied. He had 4 hits in 29 at-bats for a horrendous .138 batting average. He had only 3 RBI and one run scored.

That’s it for now. Looks like we’re in for a beautiful day outside. Back tomorrow with more.