Thur update: Fire at Exchange Building, Rally in the Alley, Peabody party, Central BBQ online, restaurants like Instagrammers, and more

Hanin: "This is a corset top, not a tube top." Whatever kind of top it is, I'm taking a picture and blogging it.
Hanin: “This is a corset top, not a tube top.” Whatever kind of top it is, I’m taking a picture and blogging it.

There was an explosion and underground transformer fire last night at the Exchange Building at Second and Madison. Second was blocked from Court to Madison for a while.

There’s a great article with lots of info about new Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger on Thanks to @chrisvernonshow for tweeting it this morning. The article’s author definitely writes outside of the box, shall we say, but it’s still worth a read.

The Brass Door is having a “Rally in the Alley” outside tomorrow evening starting at 5 PM. They will have $2.50 Miller Lite, $3.50 Brass Door Red, and $4 Fireball.

5th Kind headlines tonight’s Peabody rooftop party. The buffet this week will be a mashed potato bar, and if you’re in VIP you’ll have meatloaf sliders, tater totals, and pimiento cheese spread with vegetables. The drink special this week will be Cruzan “9” spiced rum for $4.

Last week was my mother’s birthday. As a believer in shopping local, I wanted to find her something produced in Memphis. After a few minutes of pondering, I thought, “Why not send her what Memphis is most well known for – BBQ?” I got on Central BBQ’s web storefront. I poked around for a bit, then selected the Small Central BBQ Combination Pack. It came with one slab of ribs, one pound of pulled pork, one rub (I chose the rib rub) and one sauce (I chose mild). Since she really needed to be home to get the delivery, I scheduled it for last Friday rather than her birthday in case someone took her out that day. She had the pulled pork last weekend and loved it. She also shared the pork with a couple of her neighbors. She has the ribs in the freezer and I’m sure she will love them too. Keep Central in mind if you want to send someone a birthday or holiday treat.

From Consumerist: Some restaurants are now courting customers who use popular photo-sharing social app Instagram. They see the sharing of food porn as good for business, and I would agree. There have been a few times when I have shown up at Aldo’s Pizza Pies, for example, because someone Instagrammed the Slice of the Day.

That’ll do it for now. Will probably start at the Goose after work, then park myself somewhere later in the evening and watch the draft second round.