Saturday update

Downtown is about to get an exciting new addition. Bryan and Sophie  Duffel, longtime residents of South Main, noticed that there aren’t that many public courses in Memphis where you can work on your golf game. To address that need, they are opening Birdie’s. It will feature three golf simulators with wraparound 15-foot 4K screens. The space will include a restaurant and a full-service bar with golf-themed cocktails. Birdie’s will be in 493 S. Main in the former Obsidian space. They are shooting for an October opening.

Congratulations Bryan and Sophie! Y’all, please check out this business when it opens. You can play a full 18 or you can work on individual aspects of your game, with feedback from the simulator system. If you don’t golf at all, you can hang out at the bar. (Hey, you guys gonna have PBR?) Bryan and Sophie live and breathe South Main and want to do something to make the neighborhood even more fun.

Today is Raiford’s Day. From 5 to 9 PM, come dance to the sounds of DJ Bizzle BlueBland in honor of the legendary Robert Raiford. The party will be on the street in front of 14 S. Second and around the corner in Floyd Alley. Gandy’s Grub Hub food truck will be on site. Let’s go disco!

The Silly Goose now has a smart TV in order to give its customers a wider range of viewing options than just what’s on cable. Yesterday I was in there and the bartender put a movie on. There were some Indians in it and I think maybe a dog.

If you have an iPhone, an iPad, or a Mac running MacOS Monterrey, you need to update your device now.

Blast from the past: An old favorite, the Mexican pizza, returns to the Blind Bear this Monday. As I understand it, the pizza will be available only at happy hour on Mondays.

I found the menu for Supper Club on 2nd opening next week. King crab tenders? Yummmmm! They’ll do a brunch Saturdays and Sundays 11 to 3, although I don’t see a menu for that yet. Their cocktail list includes “Manehattan.” (that’s not a typo)

Cooper-Young Beerfest is set for Saturday, October 22. OK, longtime readers already know what I’m about to say and can skip the next paragraph.

If you go to festivals to see and be seen, if you go to get your photo in the society pages, CY Beerfest is maybe not the festival for you. On the other hand, if you go to a beer festival to learn all you can about beer,  to talk to the very people who made the beverage you’re sampling, to come away with a list of fabulous small breweries within a day’s drive that you want to visit, you’ll likely come away thinking Cooper-Young Beerfest is the best beer festival in Memphis.

Coach Penny has offered Bronny James a full scholarship to play basketball for Memphis in 2023-2024. Bronny, 17, is a 6’3″ combo guard who happens to have a rather famous father named LeBron. He’s considered a 4-star prospect.

From Food & Wine: Chicken wing prices fall to pre-pandemic levels

Southbound will play a live music brunch show at Loflin Yard the day before Labor Day.

Belle Tavern is doing a service industry night Tuesdays from 7-10 PM. $9 gets you a Jager shot + a Miller High Life.

St. Jude is hiring a manager – social media.

The Grizzlies will hold a 901 Day Bash on the FedExForum plaza on September 1 from 5 to 8 PM. Lots of live music, a Jookin’ battle (must pre-qualify), dunk tank, face painting, wrestlin’ showdown, sneaker bar offering free sneaker cleanings, and food trucks.

Today is International Bacon Lovers Day.

Union between Front and Riverside will be closed for at least 90 days for the demolition of the fire station and the beginning of construction work for the new Brooks Museum of Art.

That’s it. Back tomorrow with more.