Grrrrrrrrizzlies and Saturday news

The growl towel for tonight’s Grizzlies vs. Spurs playoff matchup has been revealed. “Grit, Grind, & Represent.” The two teams collide at FedExForum at 7.

The Memphis Flyer covers the changes at LYFE Kitchen Chisca. Rather than being a cookie-cutter corporate chain where each restaurant is the same, LYFE tries to craft each location to match the surrounding neighborhood. They recognized that Downtowners like to drink, and have focused on craft cocktails at the bar. They also want to have a great patio, with patio parties and a farmers market every Thursday. In addition, LYFE Chisca is the first restaurant in the chain to have full table service.

The Memphis Redbirds have a really good blog post about manager Stubby Clapp and his mentor Gaylen Pitts, known as “Chief.” Chief was key to Clapp’s success as a baseball player and now as a manager. Clapp says he picks Pitts’ mind every chance he gets. As a little boy in Little Rock, I grew up watching Gaylen Pitts manage the double-A Arkansas Travelers.

If you were thinking a few beers at the Memphis Made taproom sounds good today, think again. They are closed for a private event and will be back open to the public tomorrow. Never fear, though, still plenty of good local craft beer to be had at High Cotton, Ghost River, and Wiseacre.

There will be an Addicts’ Lives Matter March tomorrow, Sunday, April 23, in Court Square at 2 PM. Every day 144 people are lost to an accidental overdose.

Papa Top’s West Coast Turnaround rides into Loflin Yard tonight at 10.

Want to work in The Edge? Trolley Stop Market is hiring for all positions: servers, delivery drivers, line cooks, and cashiers. Apply in person at the market after 2 PM, or send a resume to They are requesting no phone calls.

Also out in The Edge, there’s free document shredding, up to 5 boxes, at the Commercial Appeal this morning from 9 to 12. Want more news about The Edge? The official Edge District Facebook page is a reliable and credible source.

Memphis in May BBQ teams who need to get shirts printed – if you don’t have a printer in mind, talk to my friend Josh Cottrell who works out of Winfield’s at Main and Madison. He has done the Moody Ques shirts for several years and has done an excellent job. He can help with the design too. Go by and ask for him, or if it’s more convenient email me at and I will put you in touch with him.

Speaking of BBQ Fest… check out the sweet koozie I scored from my friends’ BBQ team at Max’s Sports Bar yesterday!

This koozie is going to get some use this weekend. Thanks so much to Squeal Street and I look forward to spending a lot of time in your booth this year. You know how I like to say “thanks for the hospitality” with portraits of Andrew Jackson.

Which reminds me… public service announcement for my readers… if you are an invited guest to a BBQ Fest team’s booth, and you stick around a while and eat some food and drink some beverages, be sure to feed the pig (leave some money in the tip jar). Think about it – let’s say you visit a friend’s team booth and have ribs, a pulled pork shoulder sandwich, smoked sausage, beans and slaw, and four beers and two Jello shots as well. If you ordered that at Central BBQ you’d be looking at a $40 tab. I’m not saying throw $40 in the tip jar, but given that this is your friend who invited you to eat and drink and enjoy an event that most people don’t get to experience, can you imagine yourself putting half that amount in the pig? Of course, you can’t be forced to tip, but it buys you a good name and makes you likely to be invited back next year.

By the way, BBQ team members are not expected to feed their own team’s pig, since they already paid dues.

A wet morning was expected but it looks like the worst of it has passed the Memphis metro… so my weekly visit to the Memphis Farmers Market is on like neckbone! I wonder if any of the meat vendors sell neckbones at the Market? I’ll have to check. After the Market I’ll be over at Earnestine & Hazel’s being a jukebox hero and showing Clarence my new koozie. Back tomorrow with more news.