Downtown prepared for beautiful Memphis in May weekend

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - One year ago the banks of the Mississippi were at the mercy of an historic flood. Free from that threat, Friday night the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival kicked off with near perfect weather. That's good news for more than just concert-goers.

The rare pleasant weekend for the festival and the success of the Grizzlies are two reasons downtown Memphis is making big money.

Memphis is at its most beautiful when it's celebrating what has always made it great: music. Memphis in May puts the music in Tom Lee Park for the Beale Street Music festival.

All of this fun is spilling into the bars and restaurants.

The manager at Local Gastropub on South Main Street knows what to expect.

"Hopefully for the first time in about 8 years no rain. Lot of business, lot of business," Derk Meitzler says. "I think there is going to be a good flow all day long."

While Local is busy for Memphis in May, the management is working this weekend to keep the flow of customers moving.

There's a security guard on the property and the kitchen is serving a set menu to keep it simple and fast. All this excitement comes just a year after the Mississippi threatened to flood the festivities.  Now the weather is perfect for patio seating, and the Grizzlies are in the playoffs.

That's where new bar Blind Bear on South Main comes in this weekend.

"The downtown regulars and locals will know that we are open at 11, so they can sneak in here and we have TVs on for the game," says Blind Bear operator Colin Bergstrom.

Be it game or festival traffic, the folks are ready to spend.