I’m not sure how many times I’ve written these words, but work is moving forward on a new restaurant Taylor Berger is helping launch.
A $456,000 building permit was filed in recent days for renovation work at 2579 Broad Ave. That’s where Berger is developing the restaurant, market and butcher concept called Bounty on Broad with interim restaurant’s chef Jackson Kramer.
It will feature a farm to table menu and pasture raised butcher shop.
Berger tells me the recent permit is for demolition work.
Congratulations to Gibson’s Donuts for landing on a list of the top donut shops in the country.
Grub Street, the food and restaurant blog of New York Magazine, put Gibson’s on its list of “101 Amazing American Doughnut Shops with Serious Street Cred.”
From an article about the list:
“When Grub Street set out to survey the current doughnut situation in America, we didn’t favor new over old. Instead, we looked for shops of all ages with street cred, spots that feel as immune to trends as doughnuts themselves.”
The list is here.
Barring a delayed announcement, the NBA trade deadline (2 p.m. Central Time) has passed without the Grizzlies making a move.
Not a real surprise and, for the record, just fine with point guard Mike Conley.
“It’s on everybody’s mind,” he said before Thursday’s practice and about two hours ahead of the deadline. “It’s a tough time of year. Some guys are really worried and some guys are not. When it’s over, it’s over. We feel like we’ve got everything we need here.”
Conley recalled the time, several years ago, he was told he probably would be traded and didn’t play in that night’s game.
“That one worked out for us,” he said of one of the best trades the team never made.
Huey’s has teamed up with local nonprofit GAIA to turn the grassy property at 1895 Madison Ave. next to Huey’s home office into a garden.
GAIA’s mission is to create awareness about environmental issues, and it will use the property to grow a vegetable, herb and flower garden. The garden will showcase greens, tomatoes, carrots, beans, broccoli, beets, squash, herbs and wildflowers in raised beds, and all products will be donated to local food banks and shelters.
This month, GAIA is planting seedlings into pots and between March and May will transfer plants into the raised beds. Products will be harvested throughout the year to donate.
GAIA also intends to use the space as a water collection site and to host field trips for local schools.
Trade rumors are just that — rumors. One well-circulated rumor has guard Tony Allen and small forward Tayshaun Prince going to Minnesota for forward Chase Budinger and guard J.J. Barea.
Is the rumor true? Will anything happen before the NBA trade deadline of 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20?
Odds are against any rumored trade coming true, but you never say never. Allen hopes to play Friday night here vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been out more than a month with a sprained wrist.
But he made clear before practice Wednesday, a little more than 24 hours before the trade deadline, he hopes to remain in Memphis.
“I’ve got three years left on my deal,” Allen said. “It ain’t a bad thing to be wanted, you know? If anything changed, I understand it. It’s a business. There’s nothing special about me.
“I love being here,” Allen said. “It’s where my heart is at, it’s where I made a name for myself. I wouldn’t imagine being at no other arena getting ready for a game.”
Allen said no one in the organization has said anything to him about a possible trade.
“I just look at it as rumors,” said Allen, alias The Grindfather. “But if that is the case, I wish I was told. I’m 10 years in. Hopefully, I get that much respect. But like I said, they all rumors.”