Thursday update

Jerred Price, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, announced yesterday that following a meeting with City COO Doug McGowen and others, that Riverside Drive will re-open on a limited basis Monday-Friday beginning August 3. Originally, the plan was for Riverside to open when the city entered Phase 3. However, it looks like the concept of “phases” defined in the county’s April Back to Business plan no longer mean anything; indeed, the Back to Business website has been taken down.  All the cool kids have moved on and are talking about “tripwires” now.

Per mediation and Mayor Strickland, Riverside Drive will remain four lanes, and the weekend closures will be lifted once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

The city has released new outdoor dining guidelines to help restaurants allowed to be open under Health Directive No. 8 expand their capacity. If restaurant owners want to expand their capacity by putting dining tables on their own property, such as parking lots, they can go ahead and implement changes now. If they want to expand onto city property, such as sidewalks or even streets, they can submit a proposal to the Health Department. The main things that the Health Department will look for are social distancing, access for the disabled, and access to restaurant indoor restrooms.

What about restaurant owners not allowed to be open under Health Directive No. 8? Is the health department going to do anything to help them?

River Time Market and Deli on Court Square posted about a couple of new things yesterday.

Not a pretty picture, but I sampled out this today which will be a to go Lunch or Dinner Starting next Wednesday or Thursday with a side. This is a Drop Biscuit Chicken Dumpling. It went over big today – thanks everyone that came over and tried.


This will be a Friday Grab n Go ! Red Beans and Rice – Vegeterian/Vegan Friendly.

For those of you still having trouble with fruit flies, my neighbor recommended this Fruit Fly Goodbye killer that you pour down drains. He said they were on the increase at his place, and this stuff got rid of them in two days. Fruit flies and gnats breed in drain traps. Make the environment inhospitable, and they will go elsewhere.

The Memphis Flyer reports that the Humane Society is looking for people to foster animals, particularly kittens. The facility currently has 56 kittens out in foster homes, and cannot accept any more kittens without foster homes in place. Fostering does not cost you anything – all you do is commit to playing with cute kittens for two to four weeks while the Humane Society supplies you with blankets, towels, toys, litter, food and medical needs. For those furloughed or working from home during COVID-19, this could be the perfect addition to your life.

For those who travel, here’s the current seating protocol for every U.S. airline.

For those looking for something to do tonight, it’s Girls’ Night Out at Loflin Yard with half-price wine and cheeseboards for ladies. If you prefer to do something at home, check out Cerrito Virtual Trivia presented by Riverset Rye at 8:30.

Opinion piece by Local 24’s Richard Ransom: The move to rename Poplar between Front and Danny Thomas to Black Lives Matter Avenue has good intentions, but it’s not the right street to rename

It’s Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, with the New York Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals at 6, followed by the San Francisco Giants at the Los Angeles Dodgers at 9. Both games will be on ESPN. It’s a shame Max’s Sports Bar can’t be open.

That’s it. Remember, folks, the more you wear your masks, the more we can get back to normal regarding businesses and schools. Back tomorrow with more.