Memphis Black Restaurant Week kicks off

Good morning from Memphis, where spring-like temperatures are coming today, and the much-anticipated Black Restaurant Week has started. We’re still smarting from the last-second, miraculous shot from Houston on Sunday that torpedoed the Tigers’ chances for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Memphis Black Restaurant Week, which started Sunday, showcases a diverse list of restaurants that offer a variety of cuisine in neighborhoods throughout the city. It’s a great way to connect with a new restaurant and area of the city, our food-and-dining reporter Jennifer Chandler reports.

Cynthia Daniels, a Memphis event planner, founded Memphis Black Restaurant Week six years ago to “bring awareness around the hidden treasures in the Memphis community.” Her mission has evolved into a dining week that Memphians (and participating restaurants) look forward to each year.

The focus will be on takeout this year. Because many dining rooms are still closed due to the pandemic, Daniels is encouraging Memphians to place orders for pickup or use delivery services if dine-in is not an option, Chandler reported.

In this subscribers-only story, Chandler introduces you to nine of the entrepreneurs and chefs behind Memphis’ new Black-owned restaurants and food businesses. 

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Tigers fall in Houston on last-second shot

Memphis forward DeAndre Williams (12) reacts after drawing a foul during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Houston, Sunday, March 7, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

It was the shot heard around Memphis around 1 p.m. Sunday.

With 1.7 seconds left in a tied game, Houston inbounded the ball and Cougars player hit a miraculous shot with time expiring to torpedo the Tigers’ chances for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, also known as the Big Dance. But the Tigers can still punch their ticket by winning the AAC tournament, as our Jason Munz reports in this subscribers-only story.

In this subscribers-only column, our Mark Giannotto says that despite the soul-crushing loss the Tigers still have a shot to return to the glory of March Madness.

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Why is ServiceMaster Brands leaving?

April 18, 2018 - Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell speaks on stage during an event marking the opening of the new ServiceMaster headquarters in downtown Memphis. (Brandon Dill/Special to The Commercial Appeal)

The news that ServiceMaster Brands is leaving Memphis for Atlanta broke late last week was a shock to many in the Bluff City.

But what does the departure really mean? Our Max Garland offers five things you should know about the company and the move to Georgia.

Meanwhile, Ted Evanoff offers one possible explanation for why the company made the decision to move in this piece for subscribers.