Tennessee and its people have left a mark in politics, in business and, especially, in the arts. While visiting Memphis and Nashville this week, I could not help but wonder what the music scene around the world would be like today had it not been for icons such as the Grand Ole Opry or Sun Studios. There's another way that Tennessee’s legacy has sp...

Judd Grisanti will open an East Memphis location of Ronnie Grisanti's Italian Restaurant within the next couple of months, taking over the spot at Regalia where Heritage Tavern and Kitchen closed Wednesday. "We're going to keep the one in Collierville too," Grisanti said. "I still have a lease there."  The spot at 6150 Poplar was for years Mikasa J...

All restaurants have a story, but the one behind Amerigo is better than average, not just the history of a place but a testament to a man, a vision, the vagaries of fate. Ben Brock was a kid when he went to work at Amerigo in Ridgeland, Mississippi. A college student who started as a dishwasher and worked his way up to wait tables and tend bar, he'...

Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar is moving. The restaurant, which opened in 2014, at 948 Cooper, will move to the site of the old Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar at Poplar and Perkins, said chef/owner Josh Steiner. Steiner is excited about the move. "We're moving to a bigger and better spot."He plans to give “a nice facelift” to the old Jim’s restaurant...

Luxottica Retail North America has advised Tennessee officials it will permanently lay off 208 employees at a Hickory Hill facility Dec. 31. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development alerted Memphis-area officials Thursday that Luxottica filed a notice that a layoff would occur at 5780 E. Shelby Drive. Luxottica designs, makes and distribut...

What a nice stretch of festivals we’ve had, from Greek Fest to Memphis in May Barbecue and now to another favorite, Memphis Italian Festival. Italian Fest, as everyone calls it, is back at Marquette Park for its 28th party Thursday through Saturday. It always strikes a good balance of family fun and grown-up good times, mixed in with good food and...

Less than two months after the end of the Rhodes College Tournées French Film Festival and some six weeks after the Memphis Jewish Community Center's Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival comes another annual movie event with an international perspective, the Italian Film Festival USA at the University of Memphis. Like its p...

Andrew Ticer met Michael Hudman on the basketball court in the sixth grade. Back then, when they played for rival Catholic schools in Memphis, no one could have predicted they would become the city’s restaurant royalty, winning national recognition for their restaurant Hog & Hominy. Mr. Hudman has always been bigger, louder and gregarious. Mr. Tice...

Three recent critically acclaimed Italian films, never before show locally, will be shown at the University of Memphis next month as a part of the Italian Film Festival USA. This is the sixth year Memphis has hosted the Italian Film Festival. It is just one of 13 cities in the United States to participate in the festival.   The cities a...

by Richard Leong   American chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman draw inspiration for their Southern cooking from their Italian heritage and their grandmothers' Sunday dinners, which they remember fondly in their first book "Collard & Carbonara." The childhood friends run two popular restaurants in Memphis, Andrew Michael Italian Kitch...