New restaurant coming to South Main

Grawemeyer’s is a full-service restaurant with bakery items and a bar that’s planned for 520 South Main.

It’s looking to open in December, and it will be owned and operated by Mark and Cynthia Grawemeyer.

In paperwork submitted to the Center City Development Corp. in applying for a grant, the restaurant owners described their vision of Grawemeyer’s as a “retreat” for Downtowners in addition to providing affordably priced food and drinks.

“The restaurant will offer foods prepared without frying,” they wrote. “The menu will consist of fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, bakery items and pizza.

“The mission of Grawemeyer’s will be to serve the community and tourist alike in the South Main area. Grawemeyer’s will be a smoke-free, family friendly environment where patrons can eat, socialize and work.”

Read more in Friday’s Daily News.

Rush Limbaugh Pounced on the Commercial Appeal Wednesday

Earlier today, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh read aloud from – and vented his criticism about – a story Jane Roberts wrote this week for the Commercial Appeal.

It was about a Memphis City Schools program to offer supper to students as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids federal legislation passed last year.

Limbaugh said he thought the move to offer kids another meal at school – for some, what amounted to a third meal – suggested that kids will eventually be living at school, with their needs taken care of there instead of at home.

At one point in his commentary, Limbaugh mentioned one of the students in the story, Will Adams, 11, by name and said with evident frustration, “whatever 11-year-old Will Adams wants, well, d–n it, Will Adams is going to get, because he’s an American kid and he can’t be expected to go home hungry!”

Wine for Wishes this Thursday

If you’ve got some time this Thursday night and are one of those people who enjoy refreshments, music and helping out a good cause, you might want to drop by the Center for Southern Folklore.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South Associate Board is presenting its second annual Wine for Wishes Event Nov. 10 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Center for Southern Folklore, 119 S. Main St. #106.

There will be an array of wines from Argentina, Italy, Spain and South Africa, as well as a menu of traditional southern dishes with a gourmet flair.

2 Mule Plow will provide live music, and there will be a silent auction with signature items like wine racks painted by local artists, jewelry, signed sports paraphernalia and more.

Proceeds from the event benefit local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

Downtown’s China Restaurant at 150 Jefferson has closed

China Restaurant at 150 Jefferson Ave. has closed its doors.

A sign posted on the front door of the restaurant – which was a frequent destination of some of the lawyers who worked in nearby court buildings and law offices – is titled “Outgoing of Business.”

“Dear customers,

We will be closed on October 31, 2011. Thank you for your patronage of 16 years with your kindly friendship.

China Restaurant.”

Actor Michael Douglas’ Memphis Connections

Academy-Award winning actor Michael Douglas was not accompanied by his wife, actress Catherine Zeta Jones, on his first-ever visit to the Bluff City Friday, when he served as speaker at the 10th Annual Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon. During the luncheon, however, it was clear that the couple has a Memphis connection in former neighbors Debbi Fields Rose and Pitt Hyde.

WMC-TV news anchor Joe Birch, who emceed the event, presented Douglas with a question from Fields Rose, the Mrs. Fields Cookies entrepreneur who’s married to Mike Rose, a Memphis native and outgoing chairman of the board for First Horizon National Corp.

Birch read the question aloud: “Knowing that time and life is so precious, what can you impart to remind us how lucky we are? With love and hugs to Catherine.”

Douglas remarked that he used to own a ranch in Aspen, Colorado, where his neighbors included not only Debbi Fields Rose, but also AutoZone CEO and Memphis native J.R. “Pitt” Hyde.

Referring to Memphis, Douglas commented on the “friendliness and the warmth that I’ve felt in the short time that I’ve been here, and I want to thank Methodist Health Care Foundation for getting me here….I’ll be definitely bringing the kids back,” he said, adding that his 11-year-old son Dylan is a huge Elvis fan.

“I don’t know how it all happens or where they see it, but Elvis Presley is his biggest idol.”

During the luncheon, Douglas was also treated to a very Memphis-flavored live performance by the Stax Music Academy Singers, who delighted the crowd with renditions of songs by Memphis-born Aretha Franklin and late Stax recording artist Otis Redding.