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Memphis Snags Two ‘Manliest Restaurant’ Nominations

Two of Memphis’ most celebrated eateries are among Men’s Health magazine’s “Manliest Southeast Restaurant” internet contest.

Charlie Vergos’ Rendevous – “Memphis BBQ, served with all the local color” – and Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken – “The crispiest, moistest bird the South has ever tasted” are 2/5 of the snap poll.

Click on the links for more on the Rendevous’ recent Project Green Fork certification and Gus’s newest Memphis area restaurant.

Morgan Keegan is still hiring

Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. has been put up for sale, its future is still not settled at this point, and the field of bids submitted for the Memphis-based investment banking firm is this very minute being narrowed down.

But even with that uncertainty, the subsidiary of banking giant Regions Financial Corp. is still doing something interesting: it’s hiring.

The firm, for example, is currently looking for a transportation industry analyst to work at its corporate headquarters in Memphis.

Memphis companies get some nat’l recognition

Congratulations are in order to the Memphis-area companies who made the just-announced 2011 Inc. 500|5000 list.

They include Memphis-based law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; investment firms Duncan-Williams Inc. and Wunderlich Securities Inc.; Bartlett-based 3D products maker American Paper Optics; food products maker Monogram Food Solutions; medical reimbursement and claims management service RemitDATA; and fitness equipment services company Treadmill Doctor.

Also making the list were AIL; Mone’t; StatLink Systems; Pathmark Transportation; Interactive Solutions; directFX Solutions; International Sourcing; and Unistar-Sparco Computers

The list is a nice honor recognizing the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. Well-known brands that have been honored by the list include Pandora, Toys ‘R’ Us and 7 Eleven.

R.I.P., Music Man

Jerry Leiber, one half of the the great Leiber-Stoller songwriting partnership that produced timeless gems like “Stand by me” and hits for Elvis like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock”, has died. He was 78.

Leiber’s partnership with Mike Stoller is often mentioned as on par with that of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

According to Rolling Stone, Leiber was irritated by changes Elvis made to the lyrics of “Hound Dog”:

“To this day I have no idea what that rabbit business is about,” he said in 2009. “The song is not about a dog; it’s about a man, a freeloading gigolo. Elvis’ version makes no sense to me, and, even more irritatingly, it is not the song that Mike and I wrote. Of course, the fact that it sold more than seven million copies took the sting out of what seemed to be a capricious changes of lyrics.”

Rest in peace, music man. Sing with me now, folks – “When the night has come, and the laaaaaand is dark….”

Memphis Ranked Among Top Places for Home Buying

Wall Street Journal has named Memphis one of the top places to buy a home over the next two years.

Home price gains of about 10 percent are expected in the city, along with Seattle and Tucson, Ariz. The top spot was given to Tacoma, Wash., according to a report released recently from financial-data firm Fiserv Inc. Other strong markets are forecasted to be the Palm Bay and Melbourne area on Florida’s eastern coast – both up 18 percent.

David Stiff, Fiserv’s chief economist, said cities like Tacoma and Seattle have strong, diverse economies and should fare well over the next two years. Areas like Palm Bay-Melbourne, Tucson and Memphis were hammered by price declines but now are seeing strong interest from investors, Stiff said.

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