Tuesday update

Downtowners: We have a chance this week to help a local make it big. Shannon Bailey started working at Rizzo’s a couple of months ago and quickly impressed Chef Michael Patrick with her passion for food.

Recently, one of Shannon’s Instagram posts was liked by Jill’s Inspiration Kitchen (website) (Instagram) based in Billings, Montana. Jill invited Shannon to come out to Montana and share her culinary point-of-view on Jill’s show.

Of course, travel costs money, so Thursday, June 17 Rizzo’s is going to do a fundraiser for Shannon’s expenses. For $25 (cash preferred) you’ll get to try what Shannon will cook on the show:

  • Bayou Bourbon shrimp and grits
  • Banana bread Foster’s bread pudding

For $7 more you can add a specialty smoky cocktail. Come out and help support a Memphian making a name for herself in the world of food.

If you enjoy a good shitshow and you haven’t looked at the Rec Room’s Facebook page in the past 36 hours, do it now. Wait, read the rest of this post then go take a look, because once you do you’ll be down the rabbit hole for a good while. I’ve said it before on this blog, and I’ll say it again: You are who you associate with.

The New Wing Order food truck makes a rare appearance Downtown today. They’ll do dinner service at the High Cotton taproom from 4 to 7 PM. Their special this month is Memphis Mumbo wings. Mumbo sauce is sweet and sour. It originated in Chicago and is a staple in Washington. D.C. I wonder if the Trumpster ever ordered 32 mumbo wings to eat in the Oval Office during his time as president?

Hearing that some Downtown restaurants are not taking same-day reservations anymore. Big groups of 6 to 10 have been calling places asking “can we come right now, can you hold a table for us” and then either showing up 2 hours later, or not showing up at all (because they called 2 other restaurants and made the same request). You know how bartenders and servers have to get licensed by the ABC? Sometimes I think restaurant patrons should be required to get a license too, certifying that they know how to act when they go out in public.

The 3rd Annual River City Jazz and Music Fest has been announced for the Cannon Center, Sunday, September 5. Featured artists will be

  • Damen Escobar
  • Kenny Latimore
  • Karyn White
  • Con Funk Shun
  • Julian Vaughn

From the Daily Memphian: Will we see any Grizzlies in the Olympics™? Ja didn’t make the final cut for the United States team due to a deep point-guard field. Then again, that may be a good thing – with a shorter-than-usual offseason, it will give Morant needed time to rest.

As for other countries’ Olympic™ teams, Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke have been invited to Team Canada’s training camp. If Lithuania can make the Olympic™ field, Jonas Valanciunas has a spot locked in at center.

In A Century of Good Eats, the CA’s Jennifer Chandler looks at Memphis’ five oldest restaurants. Two of them, the Arcade and The Little Tea Shop, are Downtown.

There’s relief for southbound I-55 traffic as it enters Memphis. TDOT added a second lane at the interchange at Crump over the weekend. Yep, I’m looking out my window watching 8 AM rush hour on the bridge and traffic is moving much faster than it did last week. Late July or August is the time frame for the reopening of the I-40 bridge.

Sign of the times: The owners of Oak Court Mall have filed for bankruptcy.

Teach901 hosts a job fair via Zoom tonight.

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