Thursday update

I still don’t know Bardog Tavern’s complete hours upon reopening, but regular morning bartender Bloom posted a few minutes after 8 AM yesterday that they were open for breakfast. Good call by Aldo. Third shifters need their PBR too. Assuming we have July 3 off at work since the Fourth is on a Saturday, I’ll see you not long after 8 that morning. And, of course, see you at 11 Saturday for brunch.

The USL board of directors voted for a provisional return to play starting July 11 and Memphis 901 FC is on board with the decision. The league’s return to play will be conducted in line with local guidelines. Given that Memphis is still in Phase 2, 901 FC will likely submit a social distancing plan to the Health Department if fans are to be allowed in. Since shouting and singing are components of superspreader events, the supporters’ section may be silenced this year.

However, 901 FC will have the field/pitch all to themselves this season, because the Redbirds have announced there will be no baseball at AutoZone Park this year. The Cardinals, if the MLB season does in fact resume, will use AA team Springfield’s park as a staging ground. This is due to proximity to St. Louis and the fact that Springfield does not have to be converted between baseball and soccer.

Elite Total Health is doing a giveaway of CBD products from South Main Hemp. To enter for a chance to win, “Like” their Facebook page and share their post about the giveaway. Winner will be announced July 4. The prize package is a $75 value.

From Wiseacre Brewing Co.:

We’re excited to announce that the soft opening of #WISEACRE2 at 398 S. BB King Blvd will take place on Friday, June 26th starting at 1PM. To maintain a safe capacity we will be selling tickets much like on Broad Ave, and those will go on sale THIS FRIDAY at noon. There will be plenty of space to socially distance (we are still keeping parties to a maximum of 6 people), and we are continuing contactless payment through the Arryved app. Per the city ordinance, we are asking folks to bring (and wear when appropriate) a face covering. See you then!

If you’ve heard more fireworks lately, you’re not along. The CA investigates.

From River Time Market & Deli:

Our newest Salad – Philly Beef with Peppers and Onions. Also comes in a Sandwich!

Mayor Strickland wrote a COVID-19 update explaining why the city and county are remaining in Phase 2 of the Back to Business framework rather than rolling back to Phase 1 as we see increasing numbers of new cases and hospitalizations. We are much more capable of responding to spikes in cases, responding to clusters of cases, and protecting vulnerable populations than we were a few months ago. While hospitalizations are up, hospitals have procedures in place to handle surges. Strickland said he will only push to move back to Phase 1 if there is widespread random community spread that cannot be controlled. Cheers, Mr. Mayor! I know you and the task force are taking a lot of heat – there was even a trivia team last night named “Phase 2 Soon” – but I think you and the COVID-19 task force are doing a great job.

WREG interviewed business owner Chef Michael Patrick of Rizzo’s yesterday. He has mixed feelings about whether we should remain in Phase 2.

As someone who goes out frequently, I am noticing that more people at restaurants and bars are warming up to the idea of masking up anytime you leave your seat than there were a week ago. Although, I admit it is easy to forget. I forgot a couple of times during trivia last night.

Lawyers marched for unity through Downtown Memphis yesterday.

Say goodbye to the Segway. Production has officially been shut down.

Play Cerrito virtual trivia sponsored by Riverset Rye tonight at 7. Assemble your team on Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime or in person while practicing social distancing.

As your number-one source of news and information about The Edge District, it is my pleasure to inform you that the New Wing Order food truck will be at the High Cotton taproom from 4 to 7 today. You can’t go wrong with any of their flavors of wings, but if you’re undecided I’d recommend the flavor that won them two Hot Wing Fest championships. Their tacos and nachos are excellent too, and for vegetarians they have an avocado taco.

I finally reached the point yesterday where I couldn’t stand my iPhone 6s’s battery life any longer and ordered an iPhone 11. Can’t wait for it to get here.

That’s it for today. Back tomorrow with more news.