Thursday update

The DM reports that Emerge Memphis at the corner of Tennessee Street and G.E. Patterson will stop booking and hosting events in its event space. Residents in the area had complained of the events having a negative effect on the neighborhood, including traffic problems, litter, and noise. The venue will go ahead and host the remaining booked weddings per a deal with neighborhood associations but will adhere to a strict 10:30 PM shutdown time.

The Food Network released a guide on where to eat in Memphis. Nearly half the venues listed are either Downtown or have a location Downtown, making this the neighborhood to stay in when serious foodies visit our city. Restaurants named in the guide include Cozy Corner, Arcade, Central BBQ, Gus’s, Dyer’s, Rendezvous, Huey’s, Paulette’s, The Lookout @ The Pyramid, Kooky Canuck, Felicia Suzanne’s, and Terrace at River Inn.

If I have any readers in Texas, look for Wiseacre beer, brewed right here in Downtown Memphis, on your store shelves soon.

From ABC 24: Small business in Memphis packs popular local products in a food box. Need to find a unique gift for someone in another city? Send them a taste of Memphis.

Congrats to the Downtown Memphis Commission’s chief executive Paul Young, who was one of 30 people selected by the International Downtown Association for its Emerging Leader Fellowship program.  The fellows convened in New York City June 5-10.

There’s lots to celebrate today. First of all, it’s National Chili Dog Day. Dyer’s on Beale Street and Max’s Sports Bar are a couple of places where you can observe that holiday.

It’s National Hamburger Day. My top five picks to celebrate Downtown, in no particular order, would be Huey’s, Kooky Canuck, Majestic Grille, Dyer’s, and Earnestine & Hazel’s.

It’s National Milk Chocolate Day. Dinstuhl’s shop next door to the Majestic is the place to go. Milk chocolate > dark chocolate. Fight me.

It’s also National Refreshment Day. May I recommend the PBR?

A suspect in an April 28 murder on Beale Street has been arrested in Miami.

Action News 5 reports that construction on Tom Lee Park has reached the halfway point.

Metal is Magic returns for Whet Thursday: After-Hours at the Metal Museum tonight from 6 to 8. There will be metalsmithing demonstrations and the museum and gift shop will be open.

Worth a field trip outside Downtown: Facing Down Storms: Memphis and the Making of Ida B. Wells will be on the big screen tonight at Studio on the Square at 7 PM.

DJ EPIC headlines tonight’s Peabody rooftop party from 6 to 10 PM.

Get a sneak peek at the Lucky Cowboy speakeasy in the basement of 409 S. Main tomorrow for Trolley Night. Check their Instagram account before you go for the password.

That’s it for now. It looks like some most welcome rain is about to move through Shelby County this morning. If my legs feel up to it, I will attempt to return to my usual happy hour spots this afternoon. Back tomorrow with more news.