Spring has officially begun and there are signs of it all over downtown. Existing restaurant patios are starting to fill up with patrons once again. Spindini on South Main is building a large deck that I am sure will be packed through the fall. The soon to open (Memphis Business Journal reported an anticipated early summer opening) Bardog Tavern on Monroe in the former Mike's space has already built a roof deck though their interior looks a long way from being finished. The Memphis Farmer's Market will be back in business starting April 19th. The Blue Monkey has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and looks poised to open soon just a step north of their former S.Front and G.E. Patterson corner spot. Delphinium, my very favorite shop, is opening a cosmetics, skin care and bath products shop just next door to their accessory shop on G.E. Patterson. Memphis in May is honoring Turkey this year and the Beale Street Music Festival posters are starting to appear in shop windows here and there.
The Madison Hotel and Peabody Hotel Thursday night rooftop parties both start up again this Thursday. I never make it to either but if I go to my rooftop I'm sandwiched in between both, get to have my own bottle of wine, have my dog with me, listen to music echoing off all the buildings and dress however I want. I win. Spring has sprung and it's looking like it will be a fun one.