Edible Memphis made a Facebook post yesterday with some good news. For those of you missing Miss Karen at Earnestine & Hazel’s, she has landed at a new spot. Over the past weekend Karen trained at Alex’s Tavern and she started working shifts there as of lunch yesterday. So she went from a legendary dive bar with a great burger to a legendary dive bar with a great burger… that’s about as good a lateral career move as they come! Alex’s is a short Lyft or Uber ride away at 1445 Jackson Ave. If you’ve never had their Greek Burger before, check it out in Jennifer Biggs’ weekly installment of My Favorite Things.
Yesterday I got what is possibly the most indulgent, decadent thing you can get Downtown for $3.
This is the Elotes Con Crema at Maciel’s. Corn on the cob covered in rich cream and spices. So good! Of course, I got some tacos too.
Loflin Yard is doing a crawfish boil this Saturday beginning at noon. The crawfish will be done by Glaze Hardage and his team, who did crawfish boils at Max’s Sports Bar the past couple of years. It will be in the Coach House with plenty of seating inside and out, and this will be a rain or shine event.
The following Saturday, March 2, crawfish’s big brother comes to Crosstown Brewing Co. Shark Tank’s Cousins Maine Lobster will be there from 2:30 to 7 for their official grand opening.
The Memphis Flyer’s beer bracket is down to the Final Four. Vote today and tomorrow. Meddlesome has three beers left in the bracket: 201 Hoplar, Brass Bellows, and Broad Hammer. The fourth beer is Memphis Made’s Fireside.
There was an awkward situation this weekend as Meddlesome announced the renaming of Brass Bellows to Sippin Pippin in memory of the famous Libertyland ride. Then they discovered that Ghost River had just named a beer Zippin Pippin. Meddlesome quickly changed the name back to the original.
Start Co. has capital and mentoring available for “smart city” startup businesses or nonprofits, ones that want to create efficiency in the spaces of public transportation, crime or public safety. Selected businesses will receive $50,000 in startup funding, and will get to participate in an intensive 3-month program of mentoring and brainstorming how to properly grow the business. Fill out an application here.
RiverArtsFest, the juried artists’ expo on the river in October, is now accepting applications from artists who would like to exhibit and sell their work.
Elmwood Cemetery has scheduled a Memphis Music Tour for May 31. They’ll tell the stories of a Confederate composer, legends on the horn, bluesmen, producers, and more. Tickets are $20 and beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Clayborn Temple will show a documentary on black businesses in America Thursday, February 28 at 6 PM. It will cover how slaves went to college, how racists conspired to destroy black business districts (look up the Tulsa Race Riot if you’ve never heard of it), and black millionaires in the 1800s (wonder if our own Robert Church, Sr. will be mentioned).
Memphis River Parks Partnership posted answers to questions they have received at the new Tom Lee Park Engagement Center. This is a really good read and they have diagrams to show how BBQ Fest and Music Fest will fit into the redesigned park. The Habitat Tower will give birds flying down the Mississippi flyway a place to stop. Safety concerns are covered in the questions too. I’m very happy to see that the park design will discourage cruising. If you have a question about the park redesign, stop by the Engagement Center at Beale Street Landing 4-7 PM on Wednesdays or noon-3 PM Saturdays.
The new Malco theater set to open next month on G.E. Patterson Avenue is looking to hire a few experienced bartenders. They are taking applications on ZipRecruiter.
Power was out for a large portion of Downtown Memphis this morning. It appeared that areas north of Monroe were affected. Power went out at approximately 3:30 and was back on around 6:30.
That’s the news for now. Back tomorrow.