Boozy Milk Shakes to Celebrate the End of Summer

Boozy Milk Shakes to Celebrate the End of Summer

"If you have a milkshake and I have a milkshake and my straw reaches across the room, I'll end up drinking your milkshake."

Disgraced New Mexico Senator Albert Fall uttered that line during congressional hearings about the Teapot Dome scandal in 1924 — and to be truthful, he was explaining the concept of oil field drainage. But his analogy was immortalized in Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 film, There Will Be Blood, and the lines have been seared in my brain forever since.

I love milkshakes. Especially alcoholic milkshakes, which, these days, are available in eateries and bars all around Memphis. I've gotten boozy on classic milkshakes at the Arcade Restaurant Downtown, and on 1,000-calorie S'mores- and Nutella-flavored concoctions at newer joints like Railgarten and Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Overton Square. And this Labor Day weekend, I'll be celebrating the unofficial end of summer by using my trusty Waring blender to whip up my own.

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Overton Square Hotel Slated to Open in 2020

Overton Square Hotel Slated to Open in 2020

Plans for a boutique hotel in Overton Square moved forward Monday, after developers submitted the plans to the Office of Planning and Development.

Developed by Loeb Properties in partnership with LRC2 Properties and MMI Hotel Group, the hotel is slated for what’s currently a 1.3 acre parking lot to the north of Hattiloo Theater.

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Off to Cuba!

Off to Cuba!

I've always liked the idea of a fine Cuban cigar better than actually smoking one. So, when Michelle Laverty, "Lav" to one and all, over at Babalu, slid a creation called a Cuba Cigar across the bar, I was intrigued. A single massive square of ice swimming in Bacardi Gran Reserva Rum with Havana, hyde and smoked bitters, with an orange slice. It is a solid drink, with the bitters supporting, not hiding the rum. And here it was, that smoky, leathery ideal of a cigar without the reality of it. Which is good, because in reality I'm allergic to tobacco.

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Bogard going in Stanley BBQ Space

Bogard going in Stanley BBQ Space

A cool new restaurant concept is going into the Stanley BBQ space in Overton Square. 

Bogard — Buying One Gives Another Rare Dish — and named after Edward Bogard, founder of SoGiv, will serve upscale Southern dishes. For each meal served, another meal will be provided to a person in need through the Mid-South Food Bank. 

Ed Cabagiao (Zaka Bowl, SOB) and Ben McLean (Belly Acres) will be the operating managers. The restaurant will be co-owned by former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Preston Butts Jr. 

Construction is set to being next month. 

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Porch & Parlor opening in Bar Louie Space

Porch & Parlor opening in Bar Louie Space

Loeb Properties, Inc. is pleased to announce the arrival of a new business at 2125 Madison Avenue (map) in Overton Square. Porch & Parlor restaurant will be opening in the 5,982 sf space with plans to begin construction within the next month. Loeb Properties was represented by Aaron Petree, CCIM.

Porch & Parlor is a fine-dining concept from Tom Powers and Russ Graham, the duo behind popular Memphis restaurants Flight in Downtown Memphis and Southern Social in Germantown.

The space includes a large patio space on the corner of Cooper and Madison which will act as a centerpiece for the restaurant's concept: A graceful and elegant porch that embraces the lively outdoor neighborhood balancing a parlor interior at the heart of the restaurant for quiet and intimate dining, both imbued with the restaurant's signature high-end, fine dining experience.

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Sneak Peek at Hopdoddy

Sneak Peek at Hopdoddy

Doors were open in preview of Hopdoddy's Monday (April 2) opening. 

On the menu will be two items being launched in Memphis: the Lil' Doddy and the All-Day Breakfast burger. The former is a smaller patty that comes in a single or double, served with American cheese — a classic burger, says Erin Fohn, Hopdoddy's brand manager. The latter features a patty mix of sausage, beef, and ham with a potato "hay" for crunch, topped with a scrambled egg patty. 

Another thing to note is Hopdoddy's charitable partner through its Goodnight for a Good Cause program. They have chose Stax Music Academy to be the recipient. One dollar of every Goodnight Burger goes to the foundation. 

Hopdoddy offers counter service. Order at the counter, then your meal gets delivered to you. One thing that separates Hopdoddy is that a table must be available before you can order and you get samples in line (!). 

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Explore Bike Share Announces Locations for First 60 Stations

Explore Bike Share Announces Locations for First 60 Stations

The locations of the first 60 stations for the bike-share system launching here in the spring were announced Wednesday by Explore Bike Share (EBS). 

The stations span from Uptown and Crosstown to Overton Square and Cooper-Young to Downtown and South Memphis. (See all 60 locations at the bottom of the page.)

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Hopdoddy Opening April 2nd

Hopdoddy Opening April 2nd

Hopdoddy Burger Bar, the creative, from-scratch burger and beer joint that welcomes guests with positive energy and a lively atmosphere, opens its first Memphis location on Monday, April 2 at Overton Square.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar works directly with farmers and ranchers around the country to source the best ingredients available, giving guests one satisfying bite after another. From butchering and grinding meats daily to freshly baked buns, Hopdoddy makes burgers worth standing (in line) for. In addition to burgers, Hopdoddy serves fresh salads, handspun milkshakes and has a full bar.

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