Tue update: New apartments, ghetto Kroger to get a makeover, Corked Carrot opening, new Beale Brass Note, pre- and post-McCartney entertainment at 152, and today’s Memphis Beer Week events Downtown

The Memphis Business Journal reports that South Junction Apartments will be built at the corner of Carolina and Florida near the south end of Downtown. The new apartment complex will have 197 units. It will be a short walk from Martyr’s Park, the BR Riverside which has surprisingly good food for a gas station, and the south entrance to Memphis in May events.

Many Downtowners shop at “ghetto Kroger,” the one at Poplar and Cleveland. It won’t be ghetto Kroger much longer, though. The MBJ reports that the company will spend $2 million to renovate it.

The grand opening for the Corked Carrot, the wine and cupcake bar at 314 S. Main, has been announced for Saturday, April 27 at 11 AM. However, they will also open for South Main Trolley Tour the night before.

Lyman Aldrich, the founder of Memphis in May, is getting a Brass Note in his honor on Beale Street. The ceremony will happen at 5 PM Thursday, May 2 at Rum Boogie Cafe.

1960s British Invasion band Jeffrey and the Pacemakers have been booked to play Club 152 before and after the Paul McCartney concert at FedExForum May 26. The national and international fan clubs will be in town and it should be a big party. Jeffrey and the Pacemakers will also play Downtown Huey’s this Sunday, April 28, at 8:30 PM.

Memphis Beer Week continues today with several Downtown events. One of the best menus I have ever seen for a beer dinner is the menu for Bardog’s 7 PM dinner this evening. Courses include ahi tuna spring rolls, shrimp and grits, a bleu cheese filet, and plantains Foster. It’s a New Belgium beer dinner and courses will be paired with Fat Tire, Cascara Quad, Rolle Bolle, Abbey Ale, and 1554. $50 includes tax and gratuity. There is a 40-person limit and this will fill up. If you are interested, call Bardog NOW and see if you can still make a reservation.

The Flying Saucer will have a Memphis Brewfest live remote, and you’ll be able to talk to festival organizer Martin Daniel. The Saucer will tap a firkin of Abita Vanilla Double Dog, and an Abita rep will be on hand to answer questions. I’ve had Vanilla Double Dog once before and it’s good, surprising considering it’s based on Turbo Dog.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies will hold a Red Brick 17th Anniversary tapping at 7 PM. Jason Topping from Atlanta Brewing Co. will be your host.

Huey’s Downtown will have half-price Yazoo beers today.

That’ll do it for this post. Rolling to Wendy’s to get a Frosty then I have a pile of work awaiting me. I’ll be out tonight at the usual places.