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Little Tea Shop Owner Dies 30 Years After Restaurant Takeover

James “Jimmy” Phillip Lauck of The Little Tea Shop died Thursday, July 26. He was 77.

Lauck purchased the restaurant at 69 Monroe Ave. on July 26, 1982, 30 years to the day of his passing, according to The Little Tea Shop’s Facebook page. The Southern-style eatery was founded in 1918.

Lauck’s wife, Suhair “Su” Lauck, originally from south Jerusalem and a Memphis resident for more than 40 years, oversees the restaurant and prepares all of the food herself.

“My wife is from the Middle East, and cooking is very dear to her,” Jimmy Lauck told The Daily News in 2004.

The Daily News extends its sympathy to Suhair and The Little Tea Shop family, who have lost someone very dear to them. As one Facebook post put it, “Jimmy Lauck made Memphis a better place.”

The Little Tea Shop, a favorite of local politicians, judges, bankers and lawyers, will be closed until further notice.

A little bit more on June’s jobless numbers for Shelby County

Shelby County’s jobless rate in June was 9.7 percent, according to new figures out from the state today.

That’s a full percentage point below what the jobless rate was in June of 2011, when the rate was 10.7 percent. However, June’s 9.7 percent jobless rate is almost a full percentage point above what it was in May of this year. More on that in a second.

The way last month’s jobless rate breaks down:

Shelby County had a labor force for June totaling 447,710 people. A little more than 404,000 of those were employed, while 43,470 were recorded as unemployed.

Regarding the jump in the jobless rate from May to June: Almost 9,000 additional people show up as part of the county’s total labor force in June who weren’t part of the total in May.

4,290 of those people were recorded as employed in June, and 4,660 were recorded as jobless.

Miss Tennessee Visits Le Bonheur Pediatric Patients

Miss Tennessee 2012 Chandler Lawson visits patients this morning, July 26, at 10:15 at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Lawson, a 22-year-old native of Tullahoma, was named Miss Tennessee in late June. As part of her reign,Chandler is visiting hospitalized children.

Her year’s activities include visiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the state. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is Memphis’ Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

400 N. Front is in Good Company

In honor of 400 N. Front St.’s 100th birthday this year, as discussed in Thursday’s cover story, here are some other big things that happened in Memphis in 1912:

  • University of Memphis began its first regular term
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital opened its doors
  • Elvis’ favorite roller coaster, the Zippin Pippin, was built
  • W.C. Handy published “The Memphis Blues,” the first blues song ever recorded

Nationally, 1912 was a busy year as well:

  • Arizona became the 48th state
  • Girl Scouts held its first meeting
  • The Dixie Cup was invented
  • The RMS Titanic sunk
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote Tarzan of the Apes
  • L.L. Bean, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios were founded

Aldo’s Pizza Pies to Open Thursday

Aldo’s Pizza Pie’s, the third restaurant concept by Aldo Dean of Bardog Tavern and The Slider Inn, is slated to open to the public Thursday, July 26, at 5 p.m.

The new 3,900-square-foot eatery on the ground floor of Henry Turley Co.’s Barboro Flats at 100 S. Main St. will seat 92 inside, including a 20-seat bar area, and approximately 70 outside once both patios are finished.

The full-service restaurant will serve 12-inch and 18-inch New York-style pizza pies and slices, deli-style sandwiches, calzones, salads and homemade desserts made from family-recipes. Aldo’s will also offer 29 draft beer selections, a variety of Italian and domestic wines, Italian-fashioned cocktails and liqueurs, and a limited liquor menu. Read more here.

Aldo’s will just be open for dinner for the first two weeks in business. Once fully operational, the hours will be 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. until midnight Thursday through Saturday.

Aldo’s will also offer delivery to the greater Downtown area in the coming weeks.

Dansette

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