Wednesday update

The Daily Memphian updated its list of restaurants that received surprise COVID-19 inspections over the weekend. Complaints had been made against all 13 businesses. Eight of the businesses were found to be in compliance, or were convinced to get into immediate compliance at the time of the inspectors’ arrival. Five others were found non-compliant and closed. They must remain closed until given permission to open by the health department. Scroll down to my COVID-19 recap yesterday for more.

The five businesses that were closed down were all on a section of Winchester between the 5900 block and the 7100 block. The health department seemed to have a particular interest in inspecting hookah lounges.

Six of the eight businesses that were either found in compliance, or which were given opportunities to immediately get into compliance to stay open, were on Overton Square. One of the six is the business I heard had been running illegal late-night hours.

So tempted to comment on the optics of this but I’ll refrain… okay I’ll allow myself one word… demographics.

Voting is ongoing for the Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis poll. You have until September 16.

From Rizzo’s by Michael Patrick:

Something special is getting started at Rizzos this week. City approved us a non-permanent patio. To help with increased dining options in our decreased dining room. Thanks Jerri Pesci for your assistance and the city of Memphis for approving.

Remember how I tell you how I have Google alerts set up for “downtown Memphis”? Well, now I’m getting emailed ads for escorts in the alerts. You stay classy, Memphis, you stay classy.

News about the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers are scheduled to compete in this year:

This year’s tournament field for Battle 4 Atlantis sounds amazing! Teams include

  • Creighton
  • Duke
  • Memphis
  • Ohio State
  • Texas A&M
  • Utah
  • Good ole West Virginny
  • Wichita State

Couple of wins there would look great on the nonconference resume. Man, it’s gotta suck though, thinking you’re getting a trip to the Bahamas and instead going to South Dakota.

Let’s have a look at the Shelby County COVID-19 data dashboard, shall we? Numbers are as of 7:30 this morning.

  • 7-day rolling new case average: 127 (180 or fewer needed for limited service restaurants to reopen)
  • 7-day rolling positivity rate: 10.4% (10% of less needed to reopen; 10.4% represents a drop of an entire percent in the last two days)

Things are looking encouraging. Again, the health department won’t make any decisions about reopening limited-service restaurants, or loosening restrictions on full-service restaurants, until two weeks after Labor Day weekend.

From Texas de Brazil:

Wolf River Conservancy hosts a turtle talk this morning at 9:30.

That’s it for this post. I’ve got a writing webinar at 6, then later in the evening I will get out and see my Blind Bear folks. Back tomorrow with more news.