Monday news

The developers of the Chisca Hotel want to close Mulberry Street between MLK Jr. Avenue and Pontotoc Avenue to support a 144-space surface parking lot across Mulberry. The Design Review board will hear the proposal to close Mulberry at 4 PM on Wednesday. The DNA and SMA oppose the street’s closure. Read the staff report here. The meeting is open to the public and will be in the DMC’s conference room at 114 Adams Avenue.

A new food site called The Fork launches today. The Flyer has an interview with the site’s creator here.

From today through the 22nd, the Peabody will have choirs singing in the Grand Lobby from 11 AM (after the morning duck march) to noon.

From the Daily News: Chef Michael Patrick is ready to cook at the newly relocated Rizzo’s Diner at South Main and Butler. The larger kitchen will allow him to offer menu items that weren’t possible at the old location around the corner, and the new location will have a bar with a couple of TVs.

Central BBQ is running a gift card promo this week. Buy a $100 card and get a $20 card for free. Central is also collecting toys for Toys for Tots, if you want to make a child’s Christmas a happy one when you stop in to get your gift card.

Bluefin has a gift card sale as well. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 card for free, or buy a $100 gift card and get a $20 gift card for free.

The Rendezvous is having a Cyber Monday special until 4 PM today. Place a rib or shoulder order on the restaurant’s website and they will throw in a free pint of beans and slaw.

That’s it for now. Out at the usual spots after work.