Lost Pizza Co. is opening next week inside the former Ronnie Grisanti’s location in Chickasaw Crossing.
Along with its opening March 21, the business is donating a percentage of proceeds from its grand opening week to the Junior League of Memphis, an amount that will range between $5,000 and $10,000.
Will McPherson, president of JJ Brothers LLC, bought the franchise rights to the Memphis area for Lost Pizza, which will offer lunch, dinner, a full bar and a large outdoor patio, as well as a menu that includes pizza, salads, pasta, fresh vegetables and more. Also, the dough and sauces are made fresh daily, and the meats and cheeses are all natural with no preservatives, and the restaurant’s atmosphere will surround patrons with art and music relics from the Delta.
Frontier Airlines made its return to Memphis Friday. Check our homepage for a full rundown of the events. You also can check out some videos from the event on my Twitter page or Vine feed.
Each of Frontier’s 56 planes has one of the airline’s animal mascots painted on the tail. The flight that landed in Memphis Friday featured “Hector” the otter, whose hobby is “taking siestas. Lots of them.” You can learn more about Frontier’s animal mascots here. Make sure that you bookmark Frontier’s website and follow the airline on Twitter.
Memphis International Airport officials were giddy over Frontier’s return, and for good reason. Memphis International is in a transition period, moving away from a hub airport dominated by Delta Airlines to one focused on origin and destination traffic and increased competition. Since Delta pulled the plug on the hub the number of flights at Memphis International have dropped dramatically.
The changes at Memphis International prompted a $114 million concourse modernization plan, which was highlighted when the Frontier jet from Denver arrived here in Memphis.
The Frontier flight arrived at Gate C7, one of the roughly 20 – 25 gates slated to be razed under the plan. The Frontier flight landed a little earlier than its scheduled 1:30 p.m. arrival time but had to wait to pull up to the gate because of a Delta plane that was departing. There was only one lane for both planes, a situation Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority president and CEO Scott Brockman said would be eliminated by the modernization plan.
“When people ask why we’re pursuing this plan, you just saw why,” said Brockman.
Some folks from archer-malmo will be making a presentation next week during South by Southwest.
On March 11, archer’s director of digital development Robby Grant and digital associate creative director Gabe Martin will talk about Adobe’s Flash and about “when to animate and how to think through transitions, triggered events and state changes to ensure animations have distinctive purposes on the Web.”
Their presentation is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Four Seasons in Austin.
Start Co. has added Memphis businessman Scott Vogel to its operation as vice president of civic entrepreneurship, and the organization has promoted current mentorship leader Al Pickett to vice president of diversity.
In addition, Vogel will be responsible for managing Start Co.’s newest accelerator called SkyHigh, which will be geared around social innovation. Along with that, Vogel will help Start Co. build public-private partnerships to scale the group’s effort. He’ll also help facilitate relationships with local and national universities, social groups, and will focus on business development.
The SkyHigh accelerator program is accepting applications through April 15. Applications to the rest of Start Co.’s accelerators are open through March 15.
Meanwhile, Pickett in his new role will help grow and lead Start Co.’s minority and women inclusion efforts, conduct community outreach and operate Launch University, a weekly founder development program. He’ll also continue to lead Start Co.’s mentoring platform.
St. Jude hardly wasted any time when it learned that Samsung is donating $3 million to the two favorite charities of Ellen DeGeneres in the wake of her massively retweeted Oscars selfie.
Because of the 3 million retweets, Samsung is splitting $3 million evenly between St. Jude and the Humane Society.
St. Jude, to show its appreciation, sent a heartwarming selfie back to Ellen: