The city's park services division has proposed Glenview Park, south of Southern at McLean, as the site for a $440,000 skate park.
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Well I am about to begin another workout session. Agent informed me that Memphis made us an offer on yesterday. Stay tuned.
"Twenty-five years here on Poplar has been a great run for us," says Ronnie Grisanti, whose eponymous restaurant had earlier been located downtown on Beale Street, and where Sun Studio now sits on Marshall. "But I'm 70 years old now, and it's time for me to pass the baton to my son Alex." Most of the current restaurant staff -- along with Ronnie himself -- will relocate at the family's other restaurant, Elfo's, in Germantown, which will be renamed in the near future as simply "Grisanti's," continuing a family tradition that began one hundred years ago this year, when Grandfather Rinaldo opened the first Memphis Grisanti's downtown, across from Central Station on Main.
"The Grisantis have been at the heart of fine dining in this city for over a century," said Ronnie, "and I expect that my sons and grandchildren will continue that tradition for decades to come." With its colorful graffiti-covered walls, decorated with art from around the world as well as photographs of the city's most famous and notorious characters, Ronnie Grisanti and Sons has long been a Midtown institution, one that will be sorely missed by everyone who's ever feasted there upon the family's authentic Tuscan cuisine.
But Ronnie is convinced it's time to move on. "We have been blessed with some of the most loyal customers in the world, many of who are now regulars at our Germantown location. We hope others will join them." He added that all gift certificates from the Poplar location will continue to be honored at Elfo's, as will any bookings and banquets on the books at Ronnie Grisanti and Sons.
The restaurant's final evening will be this Saturday, the 29th.
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Nor, said Herenton, would be support his onetime campaign chairman, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, with whose policies the former city mayor said he disagreed. One case in point was the particular strategy Wharton is pursuing to achieve consolidation — one that excludes the two separate school systems, city and county.
Wharton will be the next mayor, however -- with as much as 65 percent of the vote, Herenton would add. "The only person" who could prevent that, the ex-mayor said, was "Willie Herenton," and he himself would be bending his energies to achieving victory in the 9th District congressional race against incumbent Steve Cohen.
"He [Wharton] ought to thank me [for not running]," Herenton said. He added later that, if he had run against Wharton in the special election, "I'd have had to beat up on him real bad."
The former mayor said also that he did not intend to endorse any of the other candidates in the large field that has now declared for city mayor. He devoted considerable time in the broadcast to pejorative statements about mayor pro tem Myron Lowery, who would not win and did not deserve to win, he said.
Herenton insisted that his declared race for the congressional seat now held by Cohen, whom he had endorsed in 2006, was a reality and that he would begin his campaign for the office in earnest in January.
Asked by Matthews whether he stood by his characterization in the Flyer's July 2 issue of Cohen as an "asshole," Herenton affirmed that he could think of "no better term" to describe the congressman, whom he also termed a "hypocrite."
Herenton said he had been told by several former Jewish supporters that they could not support him in his race against Cohen. "I respect that," said the former mayor, who went on to say that blacks were unique as an ethnic bloc in that they allowed themselves to be divided.
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City CAO Jack Sammons said the administration and facility managers project beer sales to net $200,000. To read more, visit the City Beat blog.