Saturday update

The Lenny’s at Main and Peabody Place is closed, according to multiple regular customers of the sandwich shop. The one in the Falls Building (Front at Court) remains open. There is a grassroots movement among Downtowners to request that Wing Guru take over the Main/Peabody Place location.

Good Fortune Co., featuring handmade dumplings and ramen, opened in the old South of Beale location at 361 S. Main this week. Holly has a look at the new restaurant in the I Love Memphis Blog.

Chris Herrington of the DM has a preview of the items you will find at today’s Grizzlies Garage Sale at FedExForum.

The Memphis Hustle, the G-League affiliate of the Grizzlies, will hold open tryouts in Southaven September 18 and 25. There’s a registration fee ($200 in advance, $250 at the door). Players are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

A GoFundMe has been set up to save the Peanut Shoppe. The legendary candy and nut shop, serving Memphis since 1949, will have to relocate at the end of the year due to pending renovations of the building.

Keep an eye on the weather early next week. Hurricane Ida is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane as it churns through the Gulf of Mexico. The eastern side of the storm, with the heaviest wind and most rain, is expected to hit New Orleans, a possible repeat of Katrina. Residents are being advised to evacuate and the Saints will move to Dallas to practice next week. The storm is expected to make landfall overnight Sunday-Monday. predicts Ida’s remnants will dump 4 to 6 inches of rain on Memphis, mostly Tuesday. Weather Channel info about the storm

If you commute southbound from Downtown, you might want to take I-240 or city streets Tuesday morning. There’s a section of I-55 where water is known to pool several feet deep underneath the bridge at McLemore when rain is heavy.

Max’s Sports Bar has a Drink Like a Local special going on: Get a shot of Old Dominick Huling Station straight bourbon and a Grind City Tiger Tail malt liquor for $11.

Kelcey Johnson, executive director of the Hospitality HUB, appeared on Behind the Headlines last night. She said that the tent city that was outside City Hall for months has disappeared. The encampment was found to be inhumane and city government decided to take a different approach to homelessness. Watch Behind the Headlines

Health Directive No. 25 has been issued and will be in effect August 31 to September 30. It renews the mask mandate for indoor public spaces. It also strongly urges workplaces to require proof of COVID vaccination or regular negative COVID tests.

The MBJ has a look at Envision Memphis’ new space at 1 N. Main. The gym will have twice the room and a street-front presence it didn’t have inside the Cadre Building.

Today is Red Wine Day.

The annual COGIC Holy Convocation, scheduled to return to Memphis in November following a multi-year absence, will move to a virtual format this year in response to high COVID numbers.

Local poets take the stage at the Orpheum tonight for the History Around Memphis Poetry Slam. “Contestants will perform original poetry developed in Orpheum workshops focusing on how today’s actions impact the future and the legacy that will be left behind.” Admission to the poetry slam is free.

Today is the Rumba Room’s 13th-anniversary celebration. There will be giveaways including gift cards for dinner and VIP passes for an entire year.

Worth a Lyft or Uber to Midtown: Today is Midtown Slider Inn’s 10th-anniversary party. Free tacos, dunk tank, live music, brewery samples, swag giveaways. Half-price Jameson slushies. This party is pet-friendly.

That’s it for now. Bardog is back to opening at 11 AM on the weekends today and I plan to be there. Back tomorrow with more news.