Thursday update

A common sight on St. Jude Marathon Saturday morning is a large group of runners and their supporters gathered outside Bardog Tavern, counting down the minutes until 11 for the bar to open so they can grab some post-race brunch and a drink.

It’s a sight you won’t see this year… for a very good reason.

The fine folks at Bardog have decided to open at 8 this year. That’ll give supporters a place to hang out while their runners are far away, and runners who finish early won’t have to wait around. The race practically passes Bardog by as the intersection of Front and Monroe is on the route.

McEwen’s is nearing its reopening and they are hiring for all positions. They’re looking for people with previous experience in high-volume or upscale dining. Open availability preferred. If interested, email them your resume with contact information and availability.

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Three-day passes for 2022 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Fest (although it won’t be anywhere near Beale Street in 2022) go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM. Get them at the early bird price of $145. Get tickets here

The Memphis Flyer has an article on Tim Quinn, who in 2021 doubled down on Downtown, purchasing Downtown Local and Memphis Clover Club. Quinn was a server for many years before he got the chance to buy the two restaurants.

Here’s a list of entertainment at Memphis Clover Club this month:

  • Tonight: Laramie Acoustic Duo, 7 PM
  • Friday 12/3: Black Cream, 8 PM
  • Sat 12/4: Brad Birkedahl Band, 8 PM
  • Thur 12/9: Brad Birkedahl Acoustic, 7 PM
  • Sat 12/11: John Nemeth and the Blie Dreamers, 8 PM
  • Thur 12/16: Jack Rowell Acoustic Duo, 7 PM
  • Fri 12/17: Jonathan Ellison and The Rhythm & Soul Band, 8 PM
  • Sat 12/18: Will Tucker, 8 PM
  • Thur 12/23: Charvey Mac, 7 PM
  • Thur 12/30: Brad Birkedahl Solo Acoustic, 7 PM
  • Fri 12/31: Ashton Riker, 9 PM

If you come out to Soul & Spirits Brewery (845 N. Main) to catch the New Wing Order food truck, you can order the December special they just put on the menu, Chipotle Lime. These wings combine the sweet heat of chipotle with the fresh zest of lime. The truck will be at Soul & Spirits from 4:30-7:30 today.

Former Memphis Grizzly Zach Randolph will be the grand marshal of the Downtown holiday parade on Saturday, December 11. Following the parade, Randolph will have his number 50 jersey retired at that night’s Grizzlies home game. The Grizzlies have released a schedule of festivities for Z-bo’s jersey retirement week.

Speaking of Grizzlies home games, the Grizzlies host the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 7:00.

Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement with its players expired at 11:59 Wednesday, so its players are officially locked out. It’s the first MLB lockout in 31 years.

Saturday is National Cookie Day, and Insomnia Cookies plans to go big with its celebration. They will offer a warm chocolate chunk cookie filled on the inside with Insomnia Cookies’ chocolate cookie butter.

Gingerbread houses are for suburbanites. Gingerbread dive bars are for us Downtowners.

Drew & Ellie Holcomb bring their Neighborly Christmas Tour to the Orpheum Friday night, and it will be a special occasion indeed: They’re getting their star on the Orpheum’s sidewalk.

Ghislaine Maxwell sex trial: A woman who was allegedly “groomed” by Maxwell for sexcapades with Jeffrey Epstein and friends testified she was introduced to the Trumpster when she was only 14.

Last night’s Memphis Tigers game was just terrible to watch. No coach since John Calipari has been able to make the Tigers execute as a team unit. If they play all season like they played last night, they’ll be lucky to get a 4 seed in the NIT.

Here’s a list of the food trucks that will be in Court Square today at lunchtime.

Comeback Coffee will host a release party for the full-length debut album of Kelsey Taylor tonight 6:30-10:30. Chase Campbell and Alexis Jade will open. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.

There will be a Winter Wonderland pop-up at 10 N. Second this Sunday. Lemons & Love Lemonade, the host of the event, will operate a lemonade stand with proceeds raised being used to feed the homeless. There will be plenty of vendors as well.

That’s it for today’s post. Back tomorrow with more.