When Megan Klein joined the team at My City Rides, an innovative transit company, she didn’t know what to expect. The nonprofit was in its infancy, and the concept was the first of its kind in Memphis, allowing people the opportunity to lease-to-own scooters to get to and from work. Although a new concept to Megan, she relied on her 15+ years of experience in communications to jump right in and become a major asset to the growing company.
Huey’s, the family-owned restaurant chain in Memphis, is notably a local gem. While some of its success can be attributed to the award-winning burgers and gritty charm (graffiti walls and ceilings full of frill picks), at the core of the company’s strategy is the family-style atmosphere that makes Huey’s feel like a second home. It’s an approach that isn’t happenstance. In fact, it’s intentional. Since the 1970s, the Huey’s team has been dedicated to creating a family-like culture, and if it’s up to the three sisters who now manage the local restaurant chain, that won’t be changing anytime soon.
I’ve been on the road this month for another round of restaurant tours in preparation for the 2019 edition of The South’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints. What particularly caught my eye on my recent trips were the little extras that some joints give away for free along with each meal. It’s a very hospitable and welcome practice, and here are my seven favorites.
Boise, Idaho, rockers Built to Spill released their fan-favorite album Keep It Like a Secretsome 20 years ago, in 1999, which is why Doug Martsch, the maestro behind the band, is currently touring the album in celebration of the landmark anniversary. Hey, 20 years is a long time for a rock band. Built To Spill made a stop in Memphis at Overton Square’s Lafayette’s Music Room on Tuesday, July 9th, and Martsch proved that his riffs and all-along-the-neck runs are as crisp and fresh today as they were 20 years ago. One thing, however, was notably different. Martsch was supported, not by the usual cast of bearded and Fender-wielding Idahoans, but by rock trio ORUÃ, hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who pulled double duty as both members of Built to Spill and the opening band. And, to put it simply, they brought the house down.