Oct 082014

As I was waking up this morning, I thought to myself, “You know what I need to do? Go back and re-read the works of Shakespeare.” They’re available online for free and it would be nice to read Shakespeare’s plays when I am not being forced to read them and write book reports and take tests. I especially want to re-read his tragedies. In the tragedies, most of the main characters get themselves into trouble because they possess a character trait called hubris.

From Wikipedia: “In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance. Hubris is often associated with a lack of humility, though not always with the lack of knowledge.”

Damn. Almost 400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s works are still relevant. By the way, I wonder if anyone is going to do anything special in 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death?

On to the news… Kevin Cerrito hosts “The Walking Dead” trivia tonight at Tamp & Tap at 7. Also, don’t forget that tomorrow is PRO WRESTLING TRIVIA!!!!!! (with six exclamation points) at 8 at the Green Beetle.

Tomorrow at Central BBQ downtown starting at 5, you can go snipe hunting. Help Memphis Made kill its last keg of Snipe Hunter. There will be snipes hidden around the restaurant and if you find one, you will be rewarded with T-shirts or free beer.

The Plan B Comedy Tour is coming to the Brass Door Saturday night at 9. Seven comedians will perform, including Jamie Ward who was recently on Fox’s “Laughs.” These up-and-comers have been touring all over the Southeast, so come check them out.

The monthly South Main Association meeting is next Tuesday at 6 PM at the Memphis College of Art grad school, 477 S. Main. Six MCA students will present their concepts for crosswalk art, with installation planned for next spring. Cash bar, SMA members free, $10 non-members.

Follow @kookycanuck on Twitter for info on when the restaurant will re-open after Monday’s fire. They’re shooting for dinner tonight if all the equipment gets there on time.

Check out A Taste of Wellness, the Church Health Center’s new healthy cooking blog.

I’m getting my first haircut since Memorial Day week after work, so I’ll be late getting to my usual Wednesday Silly Goose stop after work. Time to run some errands and then get back to a fun afternoon of tracking down missing semicolons in PHP code.

Oct 062014

There was a fire in the kitchen of Kooky Canuck this morning. A friend of mine who lives nearby in Van Vleet Flats shot some photos:

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The fire was put out quickly and all staff are safe. The restaurant will be closed today for cleanup.

Memphis Magazine has an interview with Tad Pierson of American Dream Safari. You may have seen Tad cruising around town in his 1950s Cadillac. He can put together some really cool custom tours of Memphis and the region around it.

From the MBJ: A $3 million renovation will soon begin on a building in the Front Street Chicken District. It will be converted into lofts. (Credit @kerry901 for the district name)

The Nuh-Uh Girl

The Nuh-Uh Girl

Hide your food! The Nuh-Uh Girl is back in Memphis and will be here until next Tuesday. For my newer readers, the Nuh-Uh Girl was a fixture on this blog from 2006 up until March of this year when she moved to California to go to sommelier school. She was known for showing up at events where there was free food and helping herself to multiple plates. She was also known to frequent Costco on days when a lot of free samples were out. If she sat next to you while you were eating at a restaurant, she’d say “That looks yummy! Can I have a biiiiiiite? :) ” and then the next thing you know, half your food would be gone. She’s staying with her family out east but I’m sure she will be Downtown some. Her favorite hangouts where she ate other people’s food included Silly Goose, Blind Bear, and Local, so especially watch out if you have dinner at any of those places.


That’s it for now. I’ll be out at Melissa’s bar at Bardog for happy hour after work. Not many places in Memphis offer a view of a hearse.

Oct 052014

What an exciting day of college football yesterday. As you all know, Ole Miss has not exactly been my favorite school over the years. However, there is absolutely no way I can detract from what Ole Miss’s football team accomplished yesterday. They earned and deserved their win over #1 Alabama. Great game. Congratulations.

Also, congratulations to the Memphis Tigers football team on their 41-14 win over Cincinnati. Wasn’t Cincy favored to win that game? I bet the Tigers will get votes for the Top 25 this week. They won’t get enough votes to crack the Top 25, but they will get some votes. Looking at the Tigers’ schedule and seeing who the remaining teams to play are, is it possible they could run the table from here on out, finish with a top 20 ranking, win the AAC, and be invited to a damn sweet bowl? None of the remaining opponents are football powerhouses. The Tigers are lucky to not have to cross paths with nationally-ranked ECU in the American this year.

Right as I was typing about the Tigers going to a bowl, 92.9 PM’s John Martin (@JohnMartin929) tweeted a list of AAC bowl affiliations.

#15 LSU got clobbered by #5 Auburn 41-7. One of my favorite sports writers is not going to be too happy to see me post this, but I think LSU is Arkansas’ best shot at getting a win over an SEC West team this year.

The big event Downtown today is Katy Perry in concert at the FedExForum at 7 tonight. The singer was in Oxford for yesterday’s game and appeared on College GameDay.

If you work Downtown, you can spend your lunch break with the Grizzlies tomorrow. They will host an open practice at 12:30 PM.

Save the date: The weekend of October 24-26 will be a huge Grand Reopening weekend at Hard Rock Cafe. I will have more details in the days and weeks to come, as management is still finalizing the lineup. I can tell you to expect live music from some well-known names.

Pet peeve of mine: People who say “the Twitters,” “the Internets,” or worst of all, “the Intarwebs.” I need to write a widget that automatically unfollows accounts that use any of those.

All right, time for Sunday Fun Day. I’ll start out at Bloom’s bar at Bardog at 11 and end up at poker at the Blind Bear at 6:30. Stops in between TBD.


Oct 042014



Every year Bardog Tavern raffles off a hearse at 11:59 PM on the night of Halloween. Aldo has purchased the 2014 hearse and it is here and will be parked outside of Bardog all month long. This hearse appears to be a Lincoln Town Car, whereas previous hearse giveaways have been Cadillacs. Also, this hearse appears to be a newer model than previous ones that have been given away. Ask your bartender or server how to purchase tickets for the raffle. You must be present at the drawing to win.

Developer Billy Orgel has revealed some of his plans for the Tennessee Brewery which he is purchasing. The building will likely be residential with a small amount of commercial space on the ground floor. Orgel said that one of the potential uses of the commercial space could be a microbrewery. How cool would that be? Brewery Untapped will not be coming back, but Orgel admitted that Untapped helped make him aware of the building’s potential.

If you were planning to run in the Tap ‘N’ Run this afternoon, the event has been cancelled.

The Blues Ball is tonight at Gibson Guitar Factory. Lt. George W. Lee Avenue will be blocked off for the event.

There’s a band called Foxtrot Union playing Huey’s tomorrow night at 8:30. Great name. Foxtrot Union. Get it?

For my readers who are WWE Network subscribers: I highly recommend the Monday Night Wars series of videos. I’ve watched the introductory episode, the nWo one, the Bret Hart one, and the Mick Foley one so far. All of them are excellent.

Any of you ever have a flashback to a childhood experience, when you’re drifting right on the border between dreaming and being awake, and it gives you clarity on a situation that is happening in your contemporary adult life? I had that happen this morning.

All right. Time to get to Panda’s bar at Bardog and help control the PBR population. Should be an excellent SEC football watching day.



Oct 032014

This weekend is Central Station’s 100th anniversary. The celebration lasts all weekend and tomorrow there will be an official ceremony at 11 AM and free admission to the Railroad and Trolley Museum all day Saturday. There will be tours of railroad cars, a live recording session, vintage photos, railroad collectibles, and a lot more.

Men in Black will play on the big screen at Beale Street Landing tonight. Movie starts at dusk.

High Cotton’s Oktoberfest is tomorrow from 12 to 7. Tickets are $40. Learn more about the festival here.

WREG Live at 9 has video of Peabody Chef Konrad Spitzbart giving his recipe for southern buttermilk pie.

In case you missed it: You’ll have to pay to attend Memphis Madness this year. The Tigers’ open practice is October 18 this year and Rick Ross will be there.

The MBJ has a good report on the state of Downtown that is well worth a read.

I went to the first Thursday night poker night at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe last night. It was upstairs in the elegant Twelve Bar and they had specials for poker players while they were playing. They had six food specials for players for $6. I didn’t eat, but one of my opponents had a huge plate of Buffalo chicken bites from the menu, and another had a huge plate of nachos. It was a good time and I wish I could have stayed longer but I needed to get closer to home due to the approaching storm.

When I got to poker, one of the people at the table shouted out, “It’s The Intimidator!” Then I had someone ask if I planned on intimidating the entire poker table. So it looks like that nickname is going to stick. I can think of worse nicknames to have. I don’t watch a lot of NASCAR but wasn’t that the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s nickname?

Time to go intimidate some people. The weekend is here!

Oct 022014

Thank you to the Memphis Flyer for a fun Best of Memphis Winners party at Beale Street Landing last night. I didn’t know the results of the Best Blog voting at the time of yesterday’s post, but I found out not long after: I got Readers’ Choice along with Choose 901 and I Love Memphis. I am honored to have my blog mentioned alongside those two very fine blogs. If you have never checked them out, you should.

If you missed last night’s party – or even if you didn’t – there’s another big, fun party tonight. MIFA’s Feed the Soul is tonight at The Warehouse, the green building at the northeast corner of Front and G.E. Patterson. Your ticket gets you live music on multiple stages, food, drinks, an oxygen bar with multiple flavors, a bourbon tasting, a silent auction, and more. Buy tickets here.

Wiseacre Brewery’s Grand Prize Giveaway starts tonight at Green Beetle trivia at 8 and goes on for the next eight weeks. When you win trivia, you win raffle tickets: Three for first place, two for second, one for third. On the Thursday before Thanksgiving, November 20, a winner will be drawn from the tickets. The winner will get a VIP tour for 8 of the brewery with a free beer sampling, tab at the bar, souvenir glass and Uber credit included. Wiseacre is not open to the public for tours, so this may be your only chance to see the brewery’s inner workings.

Oh, by the way… next Thursday, October 9, the trivia theme at the Beetle will be PRO WRESTLING TRIVIA!!!!!! I might be willing to be recruited onto someone’s team in exchange for a few PBRs. I have been watching wrestling since 1982 and am an encyclopedia of wrestling knowledge.

The MBJ reports that a new soul food cafe will open in the ground floor of The Renaissance Apartments at 99 N. Main. It sounds like the new cafe will go in the former Tony’s Pizza space. It’s being opened by the owner of Wrapsody next door. Where Wrapsody attracts a breakfast and lunch crowd, the new restaurant, called Main St. Cafe, will aim for an evening and weekend crowd. Projected opening date is tomorrow or Monday.

Construction delays are pushing back the opening date of the Cordova Kooky Canuck. The approximate soft opening date is October 21.

There will be a free workout session at RiverFit with Lauren Phelps Coaching this afternoon at 5:45. RiverFit is the Grizzlies’ pop-up fitness park at Tom Lee Park.

The Sensation Band performs at Handy Park, Third at Beale, tonight in a free Sounds of Beale concert.

That’s it for this post. Tonight I’ll do happy hour at the Silly Goose, then head over to Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe at 8:30 for the first Thursday poker night hosted by Winn. I think this will be a really good game, so come on out. The poker players are a great group and playing is a good way to meet people. It’s free, so why not give it a try? Extra chips if you show up on time.

Oct 012014

The annual Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis issue hits the stands today. This is Memphis’ most credible “best of” poll and the issue is eagerly anticipated. Be sure to grab one. If you can’t get to one, the first-place winners are being tweeted by @MemphisFlyer and the issue will be available on the Flyer’s website tomorrow.

The Flyer sent me tickets to their annual Best of Memphis winners’ party which is tonight. I assume that means I made the top three in Best Blog voting. Flyers are hard to come by down in Horn Lake where I work, so I won’t know for sure until I get back Downtown around 5:00.

Whether I made the winners’ list or not, THANK YOU to all who voted for my blog. I’m glad you enjoy it and find it useful. It’s nice to win an award and get invited to a very cool party, but for me, the real reward comes when people tell me “I moved Downtown because of your blog.” Or, “thanks for writing about _______, I never would have known about that place otherwise.”

The awesome thing about the winners’ party is that a lot of the bars and restaurants that won are owned by friends of mine, so I won’t be going to a party with a bunch of strangers I don’t know. I’ll get to hang out with my friends. I’ll probably see Daniel from the Silly Goose. And Jamie, Jeannette and Colin from the Blind Bear. And Patrick and Deni from the Majestic. And Paula Raiford. When I went to Bloom’s bar at Bardog on Sunday, she showed me her Best of Memphis party tickets, so I guess she made top three in Best Bartender.

We’ll start off today’s news with some pigeon news: China thoroughly inspected 10,000 pigeons participating in its National Day. By “thoroughly” I mean they were given anal exams, to make sure the pigeons weren’t concealing explosives that might bring down the Communist Party. Thank goodness we live in a free country where our pigeons are not violated.

Tennessee Brew Works beers arrive in Memphis this week.

The Weather Channel has released its list of 2014 winter storm names and believe it or not, they’re even stupider than last year’s. There’s a storm named after Linus, the kid on Peanuts who carries a blanket and sucks his thumb. I guess Snoopy will have to wait for the 2015-16 season for his storm.

Anyone else notice that Groupon has been sucking lately? I follow Groupon’s Memphis RSS feed to try and keep you informed of any Downtown Groupon deals. Lately, though, there haven’t been any, and hardly any for the city of Memphis as a whole. It’s been junk like IT certifications and real estate certifications. Have Memphis businesses given up on Groupon?

Weird night at Blind Bear poker last night. Usually between 30 and 40 people show up on Tuesday. Last night only about 13 did, and we had two short-handed tables in play. People at my table were going all-in early on when people still had 50-100 big blinds left. I hate that because it takes all the skill out of the game. I played for an hour and 15 minutes, so I probably saw about 35 hands. During that time I got Ace-Jack six times! Ace-Jack is tough to play because if Ace-King or Ace-Queen are out, you’re in a world of pain. However, against loose players who are pushing all their chips in with all kinds of hot garbage, it’s a hand that’s way too strong to fold. You just have to call and hope for the best. The best didn’t happen and I didn’t make the final table. I’ll try my hand at poker again when I play Winn’s new Texas hold’em game Thursday night at Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe at 8:30. It’s free to play and the deals for poker players on food & drink are among the best you’ll find, so come give it a whirl.

Congratulations to all the Best of Memphis winners. I’ll see you at the party tonight.

Sep 302014

Things you only hear Downtown: “I played flower pot ping-pong early Sunday morning.”

That was a quote from someone who lives in my building. You see, flowerpots line both sides of the Main Street Mall. Locals coming home from the bars stumble from one side of the pedestrian mall to the other, from one flower pot to another, playing flower pot ping-pong.

You just don’t get this kind of entertainment in East Memphis.

Ten Feet off Beale has a really good post what you can expect to find when you visit replicas of Columbus’ ships The Nina and The Pinta. The ships are docked at Beale Street Landing through October 5.

If you pre-ordered a Memphis Grizzlies license plate, there’s good news. The quota of 1000 orders needed to send the plates to production has been reached.

The South Main Mosaic Artwalk will have its unveiling this Friday from 5 to 6:30 PM. It will happen at the bocce ball court at South Main and Talbot. You’ll be able to meet the artists who worked on the artwalk and there will be refreshments and live music.

Evelyn and Olive is hosting a glow-in-the-dark paint night on Saturday, October 14. Visit www.paintnite.com to reserve your spot.

eighty3, the restaurant inside the Madison Hotel, has added a 30-seat patio.

Curious about new burger restaurant Oshi, set to open next week? Holly from the I Love Memphis Blog has a sneak peek.

That’s it for now. I will be at poker at the Blind Bear at 8. I played pretty terrible on Sunday and plan to redeem myself tonight. It’s free to play, so come on out.

The Intimidator

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Sep 292014

So, last night I played poker at the Blind Bear. I didn’t win. However, post-game I had the most enlightening conversation with one of my opponents.

She told me she doesn’t care about Memphis. She doesn’t need anyone or anything here. Then she told me that I use my blog to intimidate people. That’s why I write my blog, she explained. To intimidate. Not to inform. I stay in control of Memphis by intimidation. But she’s way smarter than me and she’s going to use those smarts to take control away from me. Then she’ll be in control of Memphis. Even though she doesn’t care about Memphis.

Then she called over one of the owners of the bar and asked to have me thrown out. I hadn’t done anything wrong, she admitted, but she has tits & ass and I don’t and she wanted to exercise that power, as an example of how she plans to take control away from me. Her request was denied.

* pats conversation partner on head *

You’re so cute.

Voting starts at 1 PM in the Memphis Business Journal BBQ Brackets. Readers will be able to vote on each matchup in a 64-restaurant bracket to see who advances. The top four seeds are Corky’s, Tops, Central BBQ, and Rendezvous. Top seeds were selected according to the MBJ’s Book of Lists according to number of employees. You can vote the MBJ website. I predict that two of the top four seeds (Corky’s and Rendezvous) won’t make it to the Sweet Sixteen.

South of Beale will be closed today. They are cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms. The restaurant will reopen tomorrow for lunch.

Historian Jimmy Ogle will give a free South Main tour tomorrow at 11:45 AM. Meet at the Chisca Hotel, Main at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., if you want to join.

If you’re a fan of the TV show Seinfeld, you can put your knowledge to use and win some prizes Wednesday night. Kevin Cerrito hosts Seinfeld trivia at Tamp & Tap at 7.

I hope I have sufficiently intimidated you today. My plans for after work are to hit happy hour at Bardog and intimidate Melissa. Then I will walk over to Flying Saucer and intimidate the girls behind the bar into giving me Dos Equis Lager with extra limes for only $3 a pint. Might engage in some intimidation at the Blind Bear too. If YOU want to be intimidated, come join me!

Sep 272014

This week I made a life decision. I gave up shots – Fireball, Jameson, moonshine, Jager, all of it. Mostly Fireball. After taking numerous shots during my unexpected vacation week, I saw the effects they were having on my health and decided it was time to give them up. This week I have felt a lot better, I’ve been able to stay out a lot longer, and I’ve spent a lot less money. I’m happy with my decision.

Please don’t be offended if you offer me a shot and I turn it down. Those things were literally killing me and it was time to stop. If I win a “pot shot” at poker I will let it ride until the next hand.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association will host a River Cruise tomorrow at 4 PM. The boat will depart from Beale Street Landing. The captain will discuss the boat, and Jimmy Ogle will discuss historical items of note along the cruise. There are two upper decks for river views and an air-conditioned lower deck for when you need to cool off. There will be a raffle on the cruise with prizes from Double J, Bluff City Coffee, Mid-South Casters & Equipment, Reel 2 Real, Blue Monkey, Peacock Travel, Peabody Hotel, Redfish, Rizzo’s, and Muse. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased here. $20 at the door. Limited to 300 people.

 The Grizzlies are holding auditions for the Grizzline tomorrow at 3 at the FedExForum. If you’re a performer and you have mad drumming skills, come down and audition to be part of Memphis’ premier drumline. You must have some previous drumline experience and be able to sight-read music. Come a little bit before 3 to get your paperwork processed.

A study released this week revealed that MATA’s two trolley fires in the past year were caused not only by faulty equipment but also by poor management. I would have used the word “incompetent” rather than “poor.” Meanwhile, business owners in South Main say their businesses are hurting without the trolleys.

The Flyer has a good article on how to drink a beer featuring tips from owners of three of Memphis’ local breweries. By the way, I may have given up shots but I have not given up beer. I plan to drink plenty of the Cadillac of beers, PBR, today.

Grizzlies single game tickets go on sale at 10 today.

From Bleacher Report: Arkansas is the SEC’s sleeper team of 2014. I would have to agree. Although Arkansas is the only unranked SEC West team at the moment, it is projected that they would be favored against everyone except Florida State and Clemson if they were in the ACC. The Razorbacks play Texas A&M today at 2:30 on CBS. It’s time to CALL THOSE HOGS!!!

I spent a few hours last night hanging out with friends on the Silly Goose’s patio. Perfect weather for it. You know, I’ve avoided the Goose after about 9 on Friday and Saturday the past couple of years – not because of anything about the bar, but because of the crowd. But, you know, last night I had a really good time. And besides, I’ve always had massive respect for what DJ Cody does. I’m going to start going back. Not tonight, though, because there is a small private event not far away that I expect to turn in to a shitshow of gigantic proportions. I want to be there to observe it from a safe distance.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pajamas ACQUIRED for the Silly Goose pajama party tomorrow. I was beyond my cartoon-watching years when the show premiered on TV, so I guess I’ll have to get on Wikipedia and find out who these turtles are. I’ll have my pajamas on at the Goose about 1 tomorrow.

Business as usual today, with Panda’s bar at Bardog my first stop at 11. Unsure where I’ll watch the Arkansas game, but Brad’s bar at the Blind Bear is where I would normally be on a Saturday at 2:30, so if they have the game on I might have a longer-than-usual Saturday session there. Happy Saturday. Get out there and enjoy this weather! Perfect for patio dining and drinking!