Wed update: Third place in BOM, Downtown Central BBQ, beer fest in Harbor Town, Rendezvous to deliver, IBC tix on sale, shuttle service to Grizzlies games

I’ve learned that this blog has tied for third in the Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis 2012 voting. Thank you to all who voted for me, and all who read this blog. I’m happy that you find it informative and entertaining. I Love Memphis took first place again, with Eat Local Memphis finishing second, and Dining with Monkeys tying me for third. I’m in very good company in the top three.

The Downtown Central BBQ location will open to the public Friday. It will be open 11 AM to 10 PM. It’s at the corner of Butler and St. Martin, across from the Civil Rights Museum. I haven’t been in the place yet but I’ve been told it’s a really neat space with garage windows similar to those in the Flying Saucer.

Movie & Pizza Co. has announced the first annual Harbor Town Beer and Food Festival Saturday, October 20 from 2 to 9 PM. Breweries already committed are New Belgium, Ghost River, Lazy Magnolia, Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Blackstone, Yuengling, O’Fallon, Angry Orchard, Abita, Henry Weinherds, Abita, Magic Hat, Shiner Bock, Schafly, and Yazoo. There will be food pairings from Miss Cordelia’s, Tug’s and Movie & Pizza. Charvey McLemore will play 7 to 9 PM. Tickets are $33 in advance, $38 at the door. More info here.

The Rendezvous tweeted this morning that they will start Downtown delivery of their BBQ via bike next week.

Tickets for the International Blues Challenge (Jan.29-Feb.2, 2013) are now on sale here. There is perhaps no better place to hear the blues in Memphis than this winter festival on Beale. It draws competitors from all over the world.

MATA will be offering shuttle service to all Grizzlies home games (including pre-season). Pickup and drop-off points will be Germantown, Bartlett, Laurelwood, Poplar Plaza, and Halle Stadium. Fare is $4 one way, $8 round trip.

I’ve been watching the Memphis Flyer Twitter feed of the BOM winners this morning. Alchemy has been all over the first-place votes. I still have not been. We Downtowners need to catch a cab and invade the place one night. If we get 7 of us in a van it won’t cost that much…

I’ll be at the Best of Memphis party tonight. Leaving work early so I can catch a cab out there. I’ll try to post some pics to Twitter and Instagram.