Thur update: Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire, Eiffel Tower dinner, Starbucks adding alcohol, development on Union, Max’s open early for NCAA

Jack Daniels is getting into the cinnamon whiskey business. Having seen the success of Fireball the past couple of years, the distillery has decided to offer a similar product. It remains to be seen if the new whiskey will be successful. Fireball is pretty well established nationwide and especially here in Memphis. Hopefully Jack Daniels’ new product won’t suck like Early Times Fire Eater, another Fireball competitor.

Chez Philippe in the Peabody will host a dinner in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower on Monday, March 31 at 7 PM. It will be a four-course meal created by Peabody Executive Chef Andreas Kisler. Cost is $85 with an optional wine pairing for $35 meal. Cost includes valet parking and a take-home treat. 901-529-4188 for reservations.

In the news: Starbucks will add alcohol at its coffee shops that are in urban locations. The one across the street from the FedExForum seems like a perfect fit.

Lots of news about development on Union today. Yesterday, the Memphis Daily News tweeted that the Greyhound bus station across from the ballpark has been sold. It will become a Hilton Garden Inn, set to open May 2016. The buyer, Turkey Creek Hospitality, owns an adjacent parking lot and plans to build a Holiday Inn Express there. More hotel rooms Downtown makes Memphis more appealing as a convention site, so this is good news.

A few blocks down the street, DeSoto Collision Center will move into the space at 440-444 Union previously occupied by Madison Automotive. Details here.

Max’s Sports Bar has tweeted that they are open early for NCAA tournament watching.

That’s all for now. Busy, busy day at work but I will be out this evening as usual.