July 2016 is in the books! While our minds turn to August and the start of school, July was full of change in the city. If you were on vacation or simply not tuned into the news, worry not; we’ve got your recap right here!
Black Lives Matters Protestors Shut Down I-40 Bridge
More than 1,000 protestors shut down the Interstate 40 bridge for nearly four hours on July 10 as part of a protest over the killings of black men by police officers. The peaceful march resulted in no injuries or arrests, and interim Memphis Police Department Director Mike Rallings met and locked arms with some of the protestors — earning high marks by many in the city for keeping the protest peaceful and showing that he was engaged and listening to their concerns.
Million Dollar Quartet TV Series Wraps Production
Hundreds of Memphians were part of the cast and crew of “Million Dollar Quartet” (“MDQ”), the Country Music Television (CMT) production that took over the streets and most famous locales in our fair city for a few months. Starring the dreamy Chad Michael Murray as Sam Phillips, the unknown Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley and comic Billy Gardell (of “Mike & Molly” fame) as Colonel Tom Parker, “MDQ” is based on the Broadway musical — which is based on this famous photo:
Insiders tell us there’s no word on when “MDQ” will air; the eight-episode series was bumped from the fall schedule when CMT picked up “Nashville,” so it’s likely to hit the airwaves in early- to mid-2017.
Memphis: Top 10 With Millennials!
Realtor.com recently published an article listing the top 10 cities where millennials are most likely to buy homes in 2016 and Memphis made the list. The rankings take into account various data from Realtor.com and other sources, including price and sales projections. The list predicts where millennials are changing from being renters, roommates or living with the parentals to becoming homeowners.
According to the study, Memphis has a “slightly higher percentage of 25- to 35-year-olds than the average U.S. city with the rate rising. The affordable housing market and low cost of living in Memphis have attracted many millennials who are starting the American dream. Also worth noting, the median household income in Memphis is increasing more quickly than the national average.”
Go, Bluff City!
Phillip Ashley Rix Anxiously Awaits August
Our own Willy Wonka, self-taught chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix of Phillip Ashley Chocolates, finds out August 1 whether he is the winner of $50,000 in the AT&T #AGILITYIS contest. Phillip was one of 10 finalists in the competition, which included more than 1,000 small business owners applying for the sweet grant to use as they see fit for their small business. (Sadly, voting is over, but watch our Facebook page to see if Phillip wins!)
The Memphis restaurant scene is booming, with even MORE new openings and some on the horizon!
- Mac Edwards of The Farmer fame is pulling up his roots and moving slightly west to Chickasaw Oaks Village, 3092 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38111, and taking over the two-level space that most recently housed Just for Lunch. The Farmer’s last day on Highland is July 31, and Mac will open on August 8 in the new space. We cannot wait to see it! (And his Brooks Pharm2Fork on the square in Collierville is getting ready to open, too. It’ll be a busy month for Mac!) Brooks Pharm2Fork is located at 120 Mulberry Street, Collierville, TN 38017.
- Roger Sapp and Craig Blondis, owners of Central BBQ, and Ryan Trimm, owner of Sweet Grass and Next Door, are opening two breakfast restaurants — one next door to the original Central BBQ location at 2249 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, and another downtown at 670 Jefferson, Memphis, TN 38103. Rumor has it they will be up and running this fall.
- The Pasta Maker opened in Germantown July 25. It’s open for lunch (Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and dinner (Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at 2095 Exeter Road, Suite #30, Germantown, TN, 38138. Look for pasta-making classes to be part of the fun on select Sundays.
- Tuscany Italian Eatery opened downtown at 116 S. Front St., Memphis, TN 38103, and will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- In East Memphis, the folks who brought you Elwood’s Shack soon will open Elwood’s Shells (think shellfish — steamed, fried and scrumptious). Location is still TBD.
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