Cat cafes, BBQ brackets and more. Second Friday update

Good development news for Downtown: The CEO of Hard Rock Cafe is in talks to build a 200-room hotel Downtown. More hotel rooms mean we can attract bigger conventions, so this is a good thing for our economy.

I wonder if the hotel will have pool parties like the one in Vegas does? I remember seeing tons of pictures of those parties on the Hot Chicks with Douchebags site.

From Fast Company: Inside America’s first cat cafe. These cafes are popular in Japan. People who cannot keep pets in their apartment can go there and enjoy some cuddles with the resident cats along with their coffee.

The Flyer’s Hungry Memphis blog has visited eighty3’s new patio.

The 2014 WSOP Poker Hall of Fame inductees have been named: Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland. Negreanu goes in at age 40, the first year in which he was eligible. The legendary Chip Reese was the only other player to get inducted at age 40.

The Memphis Business Journal’s BBQ Brackets are down to the round of 8. Notable matchup: Central BBQ vs. The Bar-B-Q Shop.

Highs in the low to mid 80s this weekend. Who’s wearing a tube top to RiverArtsFest?

Weekend! The Halloween party I’m going to doesn’t start until 9, so I have time to hit a few of my favorite spots first. Should be a fun night!