Thursday update

The Utah Jazz evened the series with Memphis at one game apiece last night in Salt Lake City, but there was one notable number for the Grizzlies – 47. That’s the number of points Ja Morant put up in the game, and it is both a personal record and a team record.

Got next: Utah at Memphis, Game 3, 8:30 PM Saturday at FedExForum, televised on ESPN.

The MBJ reports that the Pinch District will soon have a new fire station. The station at 225 Chelsea is expected to open next year.

The Downtown Memphis Commission conducted a survey of those who live and work in the area and found that 42% have not been given a date to return to work at the office.

WREG had a look at which restaurants benefited most from the Paycheck Protection Program loans. Not surprisingly, The Rendezvous was at the top of the list. Minority-owned businesses, in many cases, got much smaller amounts.

…. Also in that same article: The owner of Curry N Jerk at Monroe and Second, who was interviewed, had a heart attack. The family is trying to keep the restaurant open. Please go by and support the business if you can.

Tennessee state legislators are calling for a third vehicular bridge to cross the Mississippi River at Shelby County.

Fox 13 reports that police plan a heavy presence on Beale Street this holiday weekend. The normally large crowds Downtown for Memorial Day weekend will be inflated even more by Grizzlies home games Saturday and Monday nights.

Also, don’t forget that the Great American River Run is Saturday morning. If you need to get in or out of Downtown between 6 and 11 AM, allow extra time and plan on stopping for runners.

And, Huling between Front and Main will be blocked off Saturday afternoon and evening for a neighborhood block party.

And, Sunday between 2 and 3 PM there will be a Pride Parade on Wheels coming down Union (from Midtown), Danny Thomas Blvd., and Beale.

The Goonies is the featured movie in Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Spring Movie Series tonight at Greenbelt Park on Mud Island. Gandy’s Grub Hub food truck will be on site. People will begin gathering at 7:30 (allowing you time to pre-game at Mud Island restaurants if you wish) and the movie will start at 8. There is no cost to attend.

As of this morning there are still a few tickets left on sale for Robert Moody Presents the Orchestra Unplugged: Memphis, Music, and Martin Luther King. The Memphis Symphony will explore the importance of music to the work to which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life. 7:30 PM performances tonight and tomorrow.

Graber Gryass will provide the live music at Central Station Live at the Tracks tonight 6:30-9:30.

Someone asked my plans for Memorial Day… afternoon and evening TBD, but that morning will be my first Monday holiday in 16 months sitting at the bar at Bardog, not socially distanced. So excited about that! Bardog opens at 8 AM on the weekdays and I plan on getting there as close as possible to 8.

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