Food

  No mask, no service: Popular BBQ restaurant closes dine-in services

Alan Katzen,the owner of One & Only BBQ restaurant said he had to close the dining room at his location on Germantown Parkway,

SCS reopening Central Nutrition Center, partnering with YMCA for summer food distribution program

  Collierville restaurant employees suspended after writing 'black people’ on ticket

  Group pushing to make to-go alcoholic drinks a permanent service in Tennessee

  Mid-South man files lawsuit against Ruth’s Chris Steak House over alleged discrimination

  Memphis restaurant owner says Grubhub used his logo, menu without authorization to offer food delivery

  Restaurants in rural Tennessee counties anticipate reopening dining rooms at full capacity

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  Gibson’s Donuts reopens with added precautions

  More Mid-South families turning to SNAP benefits for help

  Mississippi restaurants prepare to reopen Thursday, amid grim milestone

  Memphis, Shelby County restaurants prepare to enter phase 1 of reopening

  Potential meat shortage to impact local businesses

  Local church stepping up to donate food to feed elderly while bringing business to restaurants

McDonald’s offering free ‘Thank You Meals’ to healthcare workers, first responders

The free meals will be offered between April 22 and May 5 as a token of appreciation for their service.

  ‘Mayor’s Meal Challenge’ benefits Memphis restaurants, Mid-South Food Bank

The restaurant industry in Memphis is being severely challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. But they’re getting some help with a new push from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland that also benefits the Mid-South Food Bank.

  List of resources: Everything you need to know during the COVID-19 outbreak

We’re putting everything in one place so you can find helpful resources quickly.

  Mid-South restaurants receive online certification in COVID-19 prevention

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced restaurants to turn to delivery and curbside pick-up only, industry leaders want to make sure things are being done right. Some local restaurants are now getting certified in coronavirus-related courses.

  Mid-South Food Bank distributing to those in need via ‘Mobile Food Pantries’

  Restaurant employees struggling to make ends meet amid COVID-19 pandemic

  Mid-South restaurants stepping up to feed health care workers

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ gives laid-off employees boxes of frozen food

BlueCross BlueShield donating $750K to Mid-South Food Bank

  Southaven restaurants reduced to take-out, delivery after civil emergency declared

  Memphis restaurants respond to Mayor Strickland’s order to close amid coronavirus outbreak

Mayor Jim Strickland’s announcement to close restaurant dining rooms and bars has impacted many local business owners. Some even have to lay-off workers.

  Civil emergency reduces Memphis restaurants to takeout only

Thursday afternoon, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland issued a civil state of emergency as the number of Covid-19 cases continue to grow. Among the restrictions that order creates is no more dining in at Bluff City restaurants.

  ‘Two Broke Bartenders and a Truck’ employs laid off restaurant workers amid coronavirus outbreak

Restaurants have taken a big hit because of COVID-19. One Mid-South restaurant owner, who was forced to lay off workers, has come up with a new way to help them earn income.

  Restaurant industry concerned about COVID-19 impact

More restaurants are moving to a carry-out only model, eliminating space for dine-in service. Restaurant staff members are staying busy, but worry it may not be enough to stay in business.

  Memphis bars and restaurants remain open — for now

Nashville city leaders ordered bars and restaurants to close because of COVID-19 concerns, but the City of Memphis hasn’t made any such order.

Delivery options for food, books and games increase amid social distancing restrictions

Not leaving home? No problem. Comfort food, games and books make their way to you as delivery options increase bearing in mind many social restrictions.

  Chick-Fil-A closing dining rooms amid COVID-19 concerns

Chick-Fil-A temporarily closing in-store dining to curb the spread of coronavirus.

  MIFA to deliver extra week of meals in case of service disruption

As coronavirus concerns rise, MIFA announced Thursday they are working on ways to limit exposure to those clients.

  Restaurants implementing changes in response to COVID-19 pandemic

While restaurants are staying open, many are drastically changing protocols.

  Proposed ‘food holiday’ would eliminate sales tax in June, July

An East Tennessee lawmaker is proposing a new kind of tax break that could help you this summer at the grocery store.

Local restaurants make OpenTable’s ‘100 Most Romantic Restaurants’ list

Two local eateries made OpenTable’s “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America” list this year.

  Ole Miss launches food, drink delivery bots

Robots are taking over the Ole Miss campus -- lunch, that is.

  Memphians in Dallas: WMC gets the scoop on Texas BBQ

We all know Memphis is king of pork barbecue. But when in Texas you have to try the brisket.

Mid-South 3rd grader wins competition for massive 27-lb. cabbage

A local 3rd grader grew a massive 27.5lbs cabbage.

  Work requirements cause tighter restrictions for SNAP recipients

Tighter restrictions are coming soon for hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients across the country, but much of the Mid-South could avoid that anxiety.

  Preparations underway for MEMFeast

From packing up a truck to cooking up some turkeys, volunteers are making sure the first-ever MEMFeast is done right.

  A Tale of Two Pies: Sweet Potato vs. Pumpkin

The Great Pie Debate

GAME OF CHICKEN: Popeyes’ popular sandwich coming back, report says

Hold the turkey, because the chicken is back just in time for Thanksgiving.

Makeda’s Cookies celebrates 20 years in Memphis

Makeda’s Cookies is celebrating 20 years in Memphis.

  Nick Vergos of Rendezvous remembered as ‘amazing, inspirational’ person

Nick Vergos, co-owner of Rendezvous, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5.

  Twitter joke may bring Waffle House to Oxford

What started out as a joke on Twitter could result in a new restaurant coming to Oxford, Mississippi.

  The Arcade Restaurant celebrates 100 years in Memphis

Speros Zepatos opened the diner back in 1919 after immigrating from Greece. It’s been family-run in all the years since.

Restaurant group that owns ‘Babalu’ files for bankruptcy

The company behind Babalu restaurants filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday.

  Fans enjoy Memphis BBQ at WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

The World Golf Championships FedEx St. Jude Invitational is bringing The Rendezvous, Central BBQ, Hog Wild, and the Commissary right to the tournament goers this year at TPC Southwind.

  ‘Porch and Parlor’ to open in Overton Square

A new high-end dining option is coming to Overton Square.

  Fino’s opens a day early

Chef Kelly English surprised fans of Fino's by re-opening the much-loved Midtown eatery one day earlier than scheduled.

  NBC’s ’Bluff City Law’ to impact local businesses

Craig Brewer's “Hustle and Flow” brought the owner of Fuel Cafe to Memphis. Now it might be "Bluff City Law" that will keep him and his family here.

Coca Cola offers drink mix contest worth $10,000

A new contest will let people submit their favorite Coke drink combos for a chance at $10,000

  Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital kicks off annual cereal drive

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is teaming up with the Mid-South Bank for their annual cereal drive.

Memphis in May announces winners of 2019 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

The results are in from the 2109 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

  How to get samples at World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest

One of the hardest parts of the BBQ contest for fans is not being able to eat a lot of the food that's up for judging. However, there are a few ways you can sample the ribs

  Swine and Dine takes first place in booth competition at World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

The booth displays are the real crowd pleasers at World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and this year's winners all uniquely showed off their Memphis pride.

  International competitors come to win at World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

This weekend, the world’s best barbecuers have come to the Bluff City to compete.

  Memphis team competes for 42nd year at World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest

There’s only one team that can say they remember participating in the first ever World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest.

Hershey to redesign classic chocolate bar

Chocolate bars will feature emoji's starting this summer.

  3rd annual Davos on the Delta conference highlights agriculture

Some of the world’s top investors, entrepreneurs and visionaries are in Memphis for Davos on the Delta.

  Gates open for World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is officially underway.

  Preparations underway for 42nd annual World Championship BBQ Cooking Competition

Tents are taking over Tom Lee Park for the 42nd annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition.

Phillip Ashley Chocolates reopens in new location

Phillip Ashley Chocolates reopened with a bang on Friday, at a new location on Madison Avenue in the Medical District.

17th annual Southern Hot Wing Festival kicks off at Tiger Lane

Even after being pushed back a day due to rain, wet weather still greeted people when the Southern Hot Wing Festival kicked off Sunday morning.

April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

It's national Peanut butter and jelly day.

Memphis Black Restaurant Week brings in $450K

The results are in from the fourth annual Memphis Black Restaurant Week.

Nonprofit shipping container restaurant to open in Soulsville

A new Soulsville neighborhood could soon have a nonprofit shipping container restaurant.

Central BBQ named among top southern barbeque restaurants

Southern Living names Memphis BBQ staple among best in south.

Memphis BBQ Co. to open new location at the Lake District

Melissa Cookston, restaurant owner, author and awarded chief, announced that she will be adding another location of her restaurant, Memphis BBQ Co.

New ordinance would allow shoppers to drink beer in craft beer stores

The Oxford Board of Aldermen is considering an ordinance that would allow customers to drink draft beer at craft beer store locations.

Iris Restaurant Group to purchase Fino’s

Chef Kelly English and the Iris Restaurant Group have purchased the Fino’s brand from former owners.

TGI Fridays partners with Uber Eats for free delivery during Winter Storm Ryan

TGI Friday's partners with Uber Eats for free delivery special during Winter Storm Ryan.

  4th annual Memphis Black Restaurant Week set to be biggest one yet, founder says

Memphis Black Restaurant Week will enter its fourth year March 3-9, with fresh opportunities for new eateries.

  Local restaurants prepare for Valentine’s crowd

As couples get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner, local restaurants are preparing.

Black Restaurant Week returning to Memphis

Memphis Black Restaurant Week is returning for the fourth year.

Chick-fil-A is selling heart-shaped Chick-n-Minis boxes so cancel your fancy Valentine’s Day plans

For all of your valentines out there, listen up: take your significant other a box of Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis for Valentine’s Day this year.

  Global Cafe helps immigrants and refugees

A local restaurant is gaining national attention and it’s not because of the food.

  Local restaurants brace for slow period

January is typically a slow time for most industries, and the hospitality industry is no exception.

Memphians test grilling prowess on Food Network's 'Chopped'

Four chefs with Memphis connections will represent the country's best barbecue on Food Network's "Chopped."

Parents captured on the run to be extradited to Union County

A North Mississippi couple was captured while on the run and charged with abusing their adopted kids.