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Memphis Urban League offering $1,000 grants to hotel, restaurant workers

Relief is available to hotel and restaurant workers in Shelby County.

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria celebrates Memphis grand opening on Dec. 16

  ‘Highchair Gourmet’ is Memphis family’s quarantine creation

Phillip Ashley Chocolates on Oprah’s Favorite Things list

  Restaurant owners concerned about surviving winter months despite loosened restrictions

  Memphis chefs opening new restaurant amid the pandemic

  SCHD says limited-service restaurants, bars that don’t follow restrictions risk losing liquor licenses

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  Bars, breweries and limited-service restaurants move quickly to reopen in Shelby County

  Mid-South barbecue champion to feature on Netflix cooking competition show as judge

  Some limited service restaurants in Shelby County seeking to reopen under new full service license

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid to open first Wahlburgers Wild restaurant

  Limited service restaurants in Shelby Co. eager to reopen with decreasing COVID-19 cases

Kroger recalls cheese dips due to possible salmonella contamination

  Mid-South business headlines: Muddy’s Kat Gordon talks (bake) shop and closing Midtown spot for good

Today’s topic is bittersweet as Muddy’s Bake Shop has announced it’s closing its Midtown location.

  Independent restaurants ask Shelby County Health Department to lift bar seating restriction

Two separate judges have now sided with the Shelby County Health Department, ruling their closure of limited service restaurants in the county was legal.

  Memphis restaurants allowed to expand outdoor seating

Memphis restaurants are getting a little more room to grow.

  Shelby County Health Dept. stands behind directive to close bars

Some limited service restaurants that have remained open throughout the pandemic now have to close. In its latest health directive, the Shelby County Health Department is putting more restrictions on restaurants and making bars close.

  Bar owners react to new Shelby County health directive

  Shelby County restaurants asked to help with contact tracing

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

  Flight restaurant investigating alleged racist practices after social media group shares experiences

  Downtown Memphis Commission makes push to support black-owned businesses

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

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

Two employees of a Collierville restaurant were suspended indefinitely and the eatery's owners have apologized for the way two African American customers were treated on Thursday.

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

It’s well known that many restaurants are struggling financially, dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. One group is asking for the sale of to-go drinks to become a permanent fixture in Tennessee to help local restaurants recover.

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

A lawsuit has been filed against a major restaurant chain after a local man says he and his wife were discriminated against while enjoying a celebratory dinner.

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

Food delivery apps can get a meal to your door for just a few extra dollars. But are the popular services doing more harm than good to local restaurants?

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

Restaurant owners outside Shelby County are looking forward to May 22, when Tennessee lifts restrictions on restaurants for most rural counties in the state.

  Gibson’s Donuts reopens with added precautions

The famous Gibson's Donuts welcomed customers inside Friday, with some changes

  More Mid-South families turning to SNAP benefits for help

The coronavirus has meant a lot of people are temporarily out of work, and that means money for food can be scarce. One Mid-South safety net program is seeing a rise in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Mississippi restaurants prepare to reopen Thursday, amid grim milestone

Mississippi will take another big step forward tomorrow, allowing restaurants to reopen their dining areas. But at the same time, the state continues to see a rising number of COVID-19-related deaths.

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

Health experts and local officials say a decreasing COVID-19 infection rate, along with unused hospital beds in Shelby County, is allowing some businesses to slowly open beginning Monday. That includes restaurants, which will be allowed to have 50-percent capacity in their dining rooms.

  Potential meat shortage to impact local businesses

From grocery stores to restaurants, talk about a meat shortage is concerning.

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

A local church is doing its part to help the most vulnerable in the community during the coronavirus pandemic by feeding seniors living in senior housing facilities.

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’

The Memphis Food Bank will continue distributing to families in need this week.

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

Thousands in the restaurant and hospitality industry have lost their jobs and are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. One Memphian is asking for more to be done for hospitality employees.

  Mid-South restaurants stepping up to feed health care workers

While many restaurants have fallen on tough times due to the spread of COVID-19, some are taking it upon themselves to step up and help feed hospital workers.

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

One of the biggest names in barbeque in the Mid-South is giving back to its employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation is donating $3.25 million to multiple food banks across the state.

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

More businesses around the Mid-South are being forced to close their doors or drastically alter how they do business. Sunday, some restaurants in North Mississippi were officially told not to allow customers to dine in.

  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.