Wed update: Maciel’s to reopen next week and more news

Recently I have been asked several times, “When is Maciel’s Tortas and Tacos going to reopen?” The much-loved authentic Mexican restaurant on the Main Street Mall had to close July 15 after a ceiling collapse. Around that time the owner said it would be about five weeks to get open again. However, five weeks came and went and I heard nothing, leading me to wonder if the question should be changed to “Is Maciel’s going to reopen?”

Hungry Memphis has an answer to that question: Yes. Maciel’s plans to open toward the end of next week. Same menu, same decor. This news will make a lot of people very happy.

Ghost River is hiring an Assistant Brewer. They’re looking for someone who wants to learn everything about the brewing process, including fermentation, sanitation, quality control, packaging and more. They want someone with an eye for detail who works well as part of a team, and if you have an interest in the science of beer, that’s a bonus. Also a bonus if you have experience working with lab or technical equipment. They have full- and part-time positions available. Send cover letters and resumes to

In other Ghost River news, the Ono Poke Pop-up Shop is back for lunch this Friday noon to 3.

Hmmm interesting, because you know who’s off Friday afternoon? Me! I put in a request for that half-day I had been thinking about, and it was approved. Gonna be in the mood for some good food followed by some mischief! Ghost River, you just might see me at the taproom.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is hosting the Memphis Bigfoot Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 5 to 8 PM. 50 years ago that day, the famous film footage presenting evidence of the existence of Bigfoot was taken. Panel discussion with Bigfoot footage shown, and a Bigfoot town hall. Festival organizer Toby Sells will be there recording the very first episode of his podcast, The Southern Dark, with Bigfoot as the topic.

A movie is being filmed in Downtown Memphis. It’s a film about Brian Banks, a football player who went to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. The film site is near Main and Jefferson and the director is Tom Shadyac.

That’s it for now. Off to work. Possibly a second post at lunchtime.