The “Daily Dog,” the hot dog of the day, at Bardog was pretty badass tonight.

Usually they come with fries but I went for the potato salad.

Sometimes they stretch these dogs over 2-3 days, so if you want one and you’re lucky, it might be Dog of the Day tomorrow.

Fri update: Downtown Bleu, RiverArtsFest, Chisca Hotel, Memphis Beer Beat, Chamber is hiring

For months we’ve been hearing about “something neu,” a new restaurant concept that will be coming to Downtown. Finally, the word is out. Downtown Bleu will open in the Westin Hotel tomorrow, in the former Sole space. According to their website, “Chef Robert Nam Cirillo boldly mixes flavor profiles from around the world for signature dishes that reflect the deliciously unique melting pot that is America. He seeks out local, in-season ingredients as well as fresh seafood caught by family fishermen in New England to assure flavors are always at their peak.” “Like” the restaurant on Facebook to keep up with the latest news.

Good article in the CA about RiverArtsFest this weekend. It really has the potential to grow into (and is already starting to grow into) an important regional arts fest. It’s 10-6 Saturday, 10-5 Sunday in South Main. I plan on being there both days.

The Memphis Business Journal is reporting in today’s print edition that a group of investors is looking to buy the Chisca Hotel at Main and Linden. They want to turn it into apartments. That important block between Linden and Pontotoc connects the Downtown core to South Main. It’s currently something of a dead zone with the dilapidated hotel sitting there, empty, crumbling onto the street. Put some apartments there and you’ve got foot traffic all the way down Main. Plus, residents would have a short walk to the Orpheum, Beale, FedExForum, the Majestic, Blue Fin, Pearl’s Oyster House, Frank’s Grocery and Deli, etc. Excellent idea, hope it happens.

The Memphis Flyer’s Memphis Beer Beat blog has posted part 2 of an interview with Andy Ashby, one of the organizers of the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest.

Want to get paid to promote Memphis? The Greater Memphis Chamber is looking to hire a Business Development Consultant. View the job listing here.

All right… time to hit Publish, grab lunch, and prepare for an exciting Friday afternoon of meetings. Yay!

Thur update: Memphis app, Metal Museum classes, Tigers ranked 9th, pay-what-you-can restaurant, Scott Hall video

Today got off to a rough start. Rather, it didn’t get off to a start at all… battery was dead, not a good thing to have when your car is in a cramped Downtown parking garage. Major thanks to the folks at the 9 S. Second garage for getting a jump box over there, and to Tito from my building for finding a place to wire it up. I’m the proud owner of a brand new battery now, just in time for cold weather.

The Convention and Visitors’ Bureau has announced the new Memphis iPhone and Android app. It has a calendar of events, coupons and deals, and a map showing what there is to do near you. Kerry has the scoop on her I Love Memphis Blog, and you can even read Kerry’s blog with the app.

Looking for something unique and different to do? The Metal Museum is offering classes in blacksmithing, knitting with wire, sand casting, and more. To see the full list of classes or to sign up for one, go here.

The ESPN/USA Today pre-season men’s college basketball poll has been released. The Tigers are number 9. Check out the full rankings here. A lot of teams playing in the Maui Invitational with the Tigers next month are ranked – Duke, Michigan, Kansas, UCLA.

In the news: John Bon Jovi has opened a pay-what-you-can restaurant. And if you can’t pay, you can work in the kitchen to pay for your meal, or receive vouchers for meals for volunteering anywhere. Pretty cool concept. Wonder if something like that could work in Memphis?

If you missed ESPN’s documentary about pro wrestler Scott Hall yesterday, you can view it here. I didn’t get to watch it myself yesterday – was having issues with a new Android tablet – but I hear it’s pretty depressing.

I’ve already received a couple of new Halloween parties to add to the list, and will update in the next few days. Thanks to those who sent me the info. Home from work, time for a beer.

Halloween parties

This is my first draft of a schedule of Halloween parties going on Downtown this year. I’ll add more and do at least one more draft as the time gets closer. Still need to fill in the details on a few of them. If you know of other Halloween parties that are happening Downtown and are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, let me know at and I’ll include them on the next pass.

Thursday, October 27

Kooky Canuck has their Halloween party at 8 PM. $3 34 oz. Bud Light, drink specials, special guest Bobby Smith. Costume contest with $300 cash prize awarded.

Friday, October 28

Hollywood Disco opens at 10 with the first of two Halloween parties. Costume contest sponsored by Radio Memphis, prizes and giveaways.

Saturday, October 29

Flying Saucer has their “Zombie Rebellion” party tonight from 9 to 1, with DJ M3. In the past they’ve had a $2 mystery beer tub and costume contest; not 100% sure these will be back, will ask the managers and find out. As far as I know, standard cover applies ($3, free for UFO members).

Silly Goose has their Halloween party tonight. No details on this one yet, but Goose parties are always a wild time. Will ask Daniel for details next time I see him. A lot of people are wondering what Silly Goose regular Woody A. Long will dress up as this year. Cover is usually $5 on a Saturday night for those without Goose VIP card; not sure if they are raising the cover for Halloween.

“Angels, Aliens and Outlaws” party benefitting Friends for Life at Bridges, 477 N. Fifth. Cash prize costume contest, music, food, cash bar. Svedka is the official vodka sponsor. Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased here, or $45 at the door. Funds raised will go to Friends for Life comprehensive services and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Hollywood Disco opens at 10 with the second of two Halloween parties. Costume contest sponsored by Radio Memphis, prizes and giveaways.

Monday, October 31

Bardog Tavern will have a Salty Dogs costume run leaving from Bardog at 7, then returning for drinks and a party in the Underdog Room. Later in the night, Aldo will raffle off the Cadillac hearse that is parked outside the tavern.

Mollie Fontaine’s will have “Hell House,” the 5th annual LFORADIO Halloween bash with DJs Justin Hand and Steve Anne.

Hey, yo. It’s the Wednesday update, Chico: Scott Hall on E60, Herman Cain, incompetent R.C. Johnson

Attention pro wrestling fans: One of the stories on ESPN’s E60 documentary show tonight will be about Scott Hall. Hall, who wrestled as Razor Ramon in the WWF in the early ’90s, then went on to form the nWo in WCW, has battled addiction problems his entire life. Having read this preview, I can tell that this will not be pretty to watch. Even Hall’s best friends, including longtime tag partner Kevin Nash, admit that he probably doesn’t have long to live. The show airs at 6 PM Central time tonight.

Wondering whether you’d be better or worse off under Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan? See for yourself in this nonpartisan analysis.

Geoff Calkins had another rant on University of Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson in this morning’s Commercial Appeal. Now that he failed miserably at getting us into a BCS conference, he’s hoping that the Big East loses its BCS automatic qualifying slot. That’s the best we can do at this point – hope for other schools to fail. Actually, the best we could do is to


Tue update: Rehab MNF special, Rizzo’s lunch, Third Thursday party, India Fest, City Market holiday open house

Sometimes you don’t find out about great specials until it’s too late. Last night I was checking Facebook, and Rehab Disco posted that they were open for Monday Night Football with a 12×12 foot big screen, $13 all-you-can-eat wings, and 12 pitcher specials. I messaged JJ and asked if they had those specials every week. He said yes, so it’s a deal to keep in mind for next Monday!

The Hungry Memphis blogger had lunch at Rizzo’s Diner today. Check out the pics.

It’ll be a bit chilly, but the Third Thursday party on Main between Gayoso and Peabody Place is happening this Thursday, October 20. Live music by Grace Askew, WAMPA, and the Daddy Mack Blues Band. Retail specials and food and drink specials in area shops and restaurants. It kicks off around 5:30.

This isn’t a Downtown event, but you might want to put on your calendar that India Fest will happen out east on Saturday, November 5. It’s a celebration of Indian food and culture. I’ll post more details as the date draws nearer.

City Market is ready to take care of your holiday cooking this year. Call 901-729-6152 to order a traditional Thanksgiving meal that can be easily reheated per the chef’s easy instructions. Orders must be placed by Monday, November 21 for pickup before noon Thursday, November 24.

On Thursday, October 27, City Market will have an open house. Holiday menus and pre-order forms will be available at that time, and there will be a sampling of some of their pies and desserts. Open house starts at 5 PM. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

Just drove home from work in the blowing rain, and damn, Memphis drivers are idiots. It amazes me how people don’t get the “when you turn your wipers on, turn on your headlights too” thing. Didn’t you get taught that in Driver Ed? I think it was state law when I took my driver’s test in Arkansas years ago; not sure about Tennessee, but if it’s not law it’s just common sense. In conditions of reduced visibility, why would you not take that step to announce your presence to other drivers on the road? It’s not like it will cost you anything or slow you down if you take half a sec to switch on the lights.

Not sure what I’m doing tonight. I’ve kind of been enjoying having Tuesday nights that weren’t automatically planned by trivia. Then again, if people text me I might go over there. Right now, I need a beer or two to get over that drive home!

Cardinals watch party Thursday at AutoZone Park

When AutoZone Park announced a watch party for Game 2 of the World Series, they had no idea that it would be a real celebration. The Redbirds’ parent club the St. Louis Cardinals came out of nowhere to clinch a wild card spot, then win the division and league playoffs. The Cards play the Texas Rangers Thursday night, and the public is invited to AutoZone Park to watch for free. The game will be shown on a big screen at the Club Level. Gates open at 6 PM.

In addition to the game, there will be other free events at the park, including batting practice in the indoor cages, self-guided tours of the clubhouse and dugout, and inflatables in the plaza (weather permitting). There will also be a silent auction and door prizes throughout the game. The Redbirds team store, the Backstop Baseball Emporium, will open at 6 as well.

If you get hungry, you can purchase a buffet for $7 (in advance) and $10 (the day of). Buffet will include Rendezvous BBQ, King Cotton hot dogs, Turner Dairy ice cream, and Coca-Cola soft drinks. Kids under 12 eat free.

If you’re a season ticket holder and you renew your tickets that night, you’ll receive a free buffet wristband and a free drink ticket for each ticket renewed.

Call 901-721-6000 or visit for ticket information. Go Cards!

RiverArtsFest: Huge arts festival in South Main this weekend

Memphis’ biggest arts festival of the year, RiverArtsFest, happens this weekend, Saturday, October 22 (10 AM-6 PM) and Sunday, October 23 (10 AM-5 PM). This is definitely a festival to attend, whether you’re into art, good food, or great live music. Main will be closed off between Huling and Webster, and patrons will be free to stroll the street.

The main attraction will be a juried artists’ market, with 160 artists from around the country who have been invited to exhibit and sell their wares. Categories include ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber & leather, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, metalworks, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood.

There will also be live music, with over 50 performing artists. Three stages will be set up along the festival route, and there will be wandering artists as well. South Main tenant the Memphis Music Foundation assisted this year with the recruitment of live music acts.

There will be food vendors as well. From what I remember last year, the food was well above average, with everything from Cajun to BBQ to Chinese and much more represented. Insider tip: If the guy selling the cinnamon-roasted pecans is back this year, they are absolutely a must eat. Second insider tip: Make a reservation to eat at Michael Patrick’s new place Rizzo’s Diner after the festival. Lobster pronto pups are back! (Remember those from EP Delta Kitchen?)

Of course, the shops of South Main will be open as well. Trendy clothing, handmade accessories, jewelry, and even more art.

I plan on being at the festival by noon both days, and staying until close. I’m putting my “festival rule” back in effect for this one: When there’s a festival going on, my plan is to be at the festival, not somewhere near the festival watching football. I did too much of that last year. Arkansas is playing a team that isn’t worth a damn (Ole Miss) this week, so I don’t feel the need to closely monitor the game. Besides, with the festival closing at 6 Saturday, 5 Sunday, there will be plenty of time for me to wander north and get in some bar time at the Saucer later in the day.

This is too good an event to miss. Come one day, or both!

Lobster roll @ Slider Inn

Usually I feature the food of Downtown Memphis in my Paul’s Food Find posts, but this is a worthy exception. After the Cooper-Young Beer Festival yesterday, I walked up Cooper to meet my friend John D for a beer at the Slider Inn. Slider Inn, in the old One More space at Peabody and Cooper, is the second bar opened by Aldo of Bardog Tavern. Many Downtowners consider it “Bardog East,” so in a way this is a Downtown food post.

I chatted with John for a while, then he tabbed out and I decided I was hungry. The guy to my left had just ordered the lobster roll, and it looked so good that I couldn’t resist. Several people have told me that Slider Inn is the only place where you can get an authentic lobster roll like you would find in New England. Realizing I might not be back in Midtown for months, I decided to take this opportunity to try the roll. It normally comes with fries but I asked for potato salad instead.

The consistency is similar to seafood salad, but it’s lobster salad. The bread was firm enough to hold the lobster in place, yet chewy enough to really complement the lobster. Absolutely delicious. It’s the most expensive item on the menu – $15.95 I think – but worth every last penny.

Service was excellent too, not a surprise since it’s one of Aldo’s bars. Megan (could be spelling that wrong; there are about a million different ways to spell that name) made sure I had everything I needed, and that my PBR glass was never empty.

If you like seafood, this is definitely a sandwich you need to try. Another excellent experience at Slider Inn.