Wednesday update

One last reminder: Hampline beer dinner tonight at Bardog.

Pours are 8 oz. each and these are the pairings:

Starter�Tuna Carpaccio w/ Handlebar Haze New England IPA
First Course�Asparagus Bisque w/ Natch Lager
Second Course�Beet Salad w/ Cherry Bomb Cherry Amaretto Gose
Third Course�Beef Wellington w/ Hoot & Haller Pilsner
Dessert �Pumpkin Cheesecake w/ Dunk Tank Oktoberfest

Commercial Appeal foodie Jennifer Chandler is reporting that Edge Alley will close after 7 years. December 10 will be the last day for the popular restaurant in The Edge District. Chef/owner Tim Barker has decided not to renew the restaurant’s lease and he’s ready to move on to other ventures.

Chandler has a look back at Edge Alley in photos.

Did you know you can get a whole brisket or whole turkey breast smoked at Loflin Yard, ready to serve your family for Christmas dinner? Send inquiries to and they’ll get back to you about pricing and packages.

The Des Moines Register reports that some Iowa State fans are “meh” about playing Memphis in the Liberty Bowl. The Register, however, defended the Tigers and the stadium.

I-State fans do have one sorta-valid objection, though: Many other bowl destinations offer better weather than Memphis. Which makes me wonder… of the 41 bowl games, how many have WORSE weather?

  • New Mexico Bowl – Albuquerque, NM
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Boise, ID
  • Quick Lane Bowl – Detroit
  • Military Bowl – Annapolis, MD
  • Fenway Bowl – Boston
  • Pinstripe Bowl – The Bronx
  • Music City Bowl – Nashville

So, yeah – Memphis has the 8th worst weather of any bowl game. Although, Boston and New York City have so much to offer that I doubt anyone minds the weather. Can you imagine busting your ass on the field all season and your reward is a trip to BOISE??? At least Memphis has great BBQ. They have potatoes.

I don’t normally post job listings in Germantown but this one is kinda cool: Apple is hiring for their Genius Bar.

The Apple Store in G’town has Instructor/Creative positions open too. Someone who’d lead scheduled training sessions and interact with customers one-on-one. If I still had a car I would apply for this role myself.

Discounts on Apple products and the chance to purchase stock are among the benefits of the two jobs I just mentioned.

Riverside Drive will open back up on weekends. The closure was part of MPD’s weekend safety plan, but that plan has been suspended.

The University of Tennessee Alumni Association is holding a winter mingle event tonight at Blind Bear from 5 to 7. So if you are not a fan of that institution, you might want to make plans to be elsewhere during that time. I plan on being at Bardog getting ice, coasters, and napkins thrown at me, then I’ll walk over to the Bear about 8 to get a good seat before karaoke begins.

Oh God… what if some of the Vols alumni stick around and sing “Rocky Top”? There will not be enough Rumple, Fireball, Jager, and Ole Smoky Blue Flame in the house to dull my pain.

Here’s a pic of that Cajun chicken Alfredo special Blind Bear has this week:

They’ll likely have it through Saturday, so you won’t miss out if you choose to avoid the UT clown show tonight. And yes, Tony did it again – the chicken Alfredo was as yummy as it looks.

And, one more piece of Blind Bear news. They’re having an ugly sweater party this Saturday night. You don’t have to wear a sweater, but if you do and it’s selected as the ugliest, you’ll walk out with a Blind Bear gift card. Drink specials. DJ Mylon on the 1s and 2s.

Seen on Facebook yesterday:

No dude has ever said

Man she’d be really hot if her eyelashes were longer

Max’s Sports Bar news:

Remember the ’80s when KFC used to sell Lil’ Bucket parfaits? Max’s cheesecakes kinda look like those.

There will be a Carnegie Writer’s Group workshop tonight from 6:30 to 8:00 presented by the Cossitt Library and held virtually on Microsoft Teams. The workshop is free and all writers are welcome.

Another Sip Cafe, a new coffee shop, has opened in the Canopy by Hilton at 164 Union across from the Peabody. Its hours are 6 AM to 4 PM.

Grizzlies at Detroit, 6:00, Bally Sports. Tigers at VCU, also 6:00, ESPNU.

The City Council grilled Memphis River Parks representatives yesterday, wanting to know why money earmarked for improvements to Mud Island has apparently not been spent.

Bardog specials today:

  • Grilled chicken pesto fettuccine with bell pepper
  • Choripan sliders – Chorizo, onion, tomato, chimichurri
  • Soup: Red beef pozole
  • Dog: CORN DOG!!!!! Sides of mustard & ketchup
  • Mussels – Garlic, tomato, white wine
  • Pecan pie
  • Tiramisu

That’ll do it for now. Possibly back with another post before the end of the day.