Saturday update

Lots going on this weekend! First up, from Wiseacre Brewing Co.:

Hello all! As you know, we made the choice to not open during Phase 1 as we felt it was right to err on the side of caution. We’re super excited to have you back, and we’re happy to announce that THIS UPCOMING MONDAY we’re opening up the WISEACRE Beer Garden on Broad Avenue! To ensure that safety and fun go hand and hand, we’ve made several changes to how we operate. We’d greatly appreciate it if you take the time to read and understand these policies and procedures. All of this is subject to change as we see fit. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to DM us or email
-To manage capacity, we are selling tickets for two hour time slots through Fareharbor, and you can find this on our website. Each person in your party must have a ticket to enter, and that ticket gets you your first beer. Tickets can be purchased at the gate if space is still available.
-At this time, we are only allowing adults over the age of 21, so that means no children or pets. We’re sad about it too!
-We are setting up a contactless payment system through Arryved, which is available through Google Play and the App Store. Please download the app and follow the instructions to set up your account. This will allow you to start a tab from your phone and close your tab without us needing to handle your credit/debit card.
-Parties are limited to 6 people, and they cannot be combined osmotically.
-We are doing self seated table service outside, and will have updated ordering procedures to limit interaction.
-The taproom itself will be closed, with the exception of the bathrooms , which now have foot pulls.
-We are asking customers to remain at their tables, with the exception of said bathrooms.
-We’re looking into socially distanced games/entertainment, stay tuned!
-We’re using compostable cups instead of glassware, and we will provide recycling bins for their disposal.

Ticketing systems sound like a colossal pain in the ass, but they provide a record of who was there and when. Should the need for contact tracing arise, that will help a lot.

Got info on a couple of Memorial Day weekend deals for you. First of all, when you shop online at Walking Pants Curiosities this weekend, use code MEMORIAL20 to get 20% off everything on their site.

The Flying Fish is doing 4 pounds of crawfish for $20 this weekend at all their locations except Little Rock. I wouldn’t rate the Fish’s crawfish as the best in town (those would be Glaze’s crawfish boils at Max’s Sports Bar) but they’re certainly not bad and that’s a heck of a deal.

From Primas Bakery + Boutique on South Main:

🎊We are happy to announce that we will be re-opening the shop on June 2nd!🎊

We are planning to be as safe & cautious as possible. We will be operating new hours at this time until we feel comfortable with our “new normal”.

Our temporary walk-in hours will be:

Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm
Saturday 9am-3pm
Sunday 9am-2pm

Online ordering is still encouraged from both the bakery & boutique! Order online and choose store pickup. Pickup anytime during our temporary store hours.

To promote social distancing, no more than 10 people will be allowed in the shop at one time (this includes Primas staff.)

Face masks are required at all times while you are in the store.

Hand sanitizer will be stationed throughout the store. Please sanitize before touching any merchandise.

The boutique will not allow clothing to be tried on at this time and no returns will be honored. Shop Online: 💃🏻🛍

At this time, the bakery will be offering grab-n-go items from the bakery case. These items may be pre-ordered online for same day pick up or purchased directly from the case (these items are available to-go only! Dining in is not an option at this time!)

The bakery will continue to offer custom and online cake orders for future dates (curbside pick up and no contact delivery is still available on these orders!)🎂👩🏻‍🍳

No cash accepted—credit cards only please!

Thank you so much for your willingness to adapt to our new and temporary restrictions. We are so excited to open back up and see our Primas fam!! 🌈💕

From Lifehacker: Use your washing machine to thaw frozen food. WTF?????

I have not yet had a reason to visit Downtown’s new Jimmy John’s, preferring to support local sandwich shops. However, a friend of mine had an Unwich from there yesterday, and it looked really good. Any sandwich on the menu can be made as an Unwich, with a lettuce wrap replacing the bread. Making a sandwich an Unwich reduces calories by 280 to 400, and any Unwich has less than 10 g total carbs.

I missed yesterday’s COVID-19 task force press conference. It sounds like it was mostly about testing and safety measures in correctional facilities. Bill Dries of the DM has a report.

Rendezvous news:

WREG has a warning: Don’t leave hand sanitizer in your car on a warm day. Think about it.. alcohol is a major ingredient in most hand sanitizer, and alcohol is flammable.

GrubHub sucks: They are buying up thousands of restaurant domain names, meaning mom-and-pop stores won’t be able to own their own name.

Rhodes College will host Zoom webinars featuring responses of its faculty and special guests to COVID-19 on four successive Wednesdays at 7 PM:

The links posted above can be used to register for the webinars.

Backbeat Tours and Explore Bike Share are working together to produce a Memphis Bike Tour this afternoon at 1:30 as well as 1:30 Sunday and Monday. The 7 mile tour will cover the river parks, South Main, and the Lorraine Motel. Other than one hill, the course is relatively flat. $25 fee, age 16 and up.

Those of you who get to-go food or drinks from Bardog Tavern this weekend, post a photo of what you got to @bardogtavern and hashtag #BardogAtHome on Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card. The winner will be chosen Friday, June 5.

All of the Aldo businesses – Bardog, the two Slider Inns, and the two Aldo’s Pizza Pies – will be closed on Memorial Day.

There will be an Armed Forces Walking Tour at 1 PM and a Civil War walking tour of Elmwood Cemetery at 2:30 today. Space is highly limited due to social distancing requirements.

From Vox: Why are liberals more afraid of the coronavirus than conservatives? Interesting read no matter how far to the left or right you lean.

I was surfing RealClearPolitics yesterday and came across their no toss-ups map: How each state would vote if the election were held today. The 2016 critical states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin would flip back to blue, as would Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina. In addition, changing racial and age profiles would flip Arizona blue for the first time in many years, giving Biden a 352-186 victory. If that map is accurate (and I have to admit I have trouble believing Biden is ahead in Ohio and North Carolina), the Trumpster has his work cut out for him getting to 270 in November.

That’ll do it for now. Back tomorrow or later today with more news.