Monday News Update: Cortona Changes, Trader Joe’s, Recommended Reading and Tony Allen Being Tony Allen

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 13th 2013 1752 0

Rise and grind, y'all.

Today in Memphis, there are new plans for the restaurant formerly known as Cortona, Trader Joe's comes to Memphis (sort of), the Memphis Chamber makes a wager and Marc Gasol is the most interesting basketball player in the world.

All of that (and plenty more) is in today's Memphis news update:

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– Marc Gasol is obviously the most interesting man in the NBA. Grit and grind, my friends

The city is holding a public meeting to get feedback about the bike lanes on McLean (which have been in place for about a year) tomorrow night at Snowden School at 6 p.m.

– Today's recommended reading: this incredible piece of interactive narrative journalism on the last 24 hours of Dr. Martin Luther King's life by the Commercial Appeal's Marc Perrusquia. It's not behind the paywall, so you have no excuse. (But, read it on a desktop – it doesn't render correctly on mobile devices.)

– Cortona, the Italian restaurant at the corner of Cooper and Young is getting a complete overhaul. It's going to be – wait for it – a gastropub. It will re-open on June 1.

– It's not quite a Trader Joe's, but it is a Trader Joe's distribution center (and a possible sign of hope that we'll get a TJ's eventually).

The Memphis Chamber of Commerce offered a friendly, barbecue-based wager to the Oklahoma City Chamber based on Saturday's Grizz game, but alas, OKC never responded. I wonder why.

– Have you ever wondered what you can't put on a vainty license plate in Tennessee? The list is long.

– Lastly, in honor of tonight's playoff game (at 8:30 p.m. at the Forum), here's Tony Allen, delivering the most Tony Allen soundbites of all time. The Grizz office should just go ahead and print all of them on Growl Towels.

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Claude says:

    Actually the TJ's DC will be in Texas. Misleading article/headline in the MBJ. Shocking.

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