Lauren McHugh Robinson named TN Restaurateur of the Year

Blog Aug 04, 2015

Restaurateur of the Year 01Lauren McHugh Robinson, CEO and President of Huey’s Restaurants, has been named the 2015 Tennessee Restaurateur of the Year, an award presented by the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association (TnHTA). The award was presented to her at the annual awards banquet on August 4, 2015.

According to TnHTA, this award is “the pinnacle of industry achievement— there is no higher honor in the state.” The winner is chosen for his or her shining character, demonstrated work ethic, leadership ability, inspiring vision, and for contributions to the overall advancement of the hospitality and tourism industry in Tennessee. It is exclusively peer-nominated, and each year’s nominees and winners are hand-selected by the distinguished panel of previous winners.

Lauren was selected based on her industry knowledge and experience, hard-working and can-do demeanor, involvement in the Memphis community, and caring attitude toward all of her employees.

When asked about her honor, Lauren asserts, “I am very honored and humbled. This award is really due to all of our great staff. If not for them, we would not be who we are.”

Lauren began working with her father, Thomas Boggs, in the restaurant industry at a very early age at Huey’s Midtown. Over the years, she worked both in the kitchen and as a server.

Lauren graduated from Memphis State University in 1987 with a BA in Business and Marketing, cum laude. She received her MBA in Management from Memphis State University in 1993. She waited tables all through college.

In 1988, she began working for National Bank of Commerce in the Bank Card and Commercial Lending Divisions. In June of 1993, Lauren came back on board at Huey’s as the General Manager of Huey’s Cordova, which opened in 1994. After seeing the need to create tighter controls and more consistency in operations, Lauren was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 1995. In 2007 she was promoted to President of the company and then became CEO in 2008.

In addition to Huey’s, Lauren is also President and managing partner of Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House, plus partner in The Half Shell and Tsunami.

Lauren currently serves on the Board of Directors for Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Leadership Memphis. She served on the board for Paragon Bank from 2012-2014. She is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Memphis and a Graduate of Leadership Memphis Class of 2007. She served several years with the Memphis Food Bank as the Co-Chair for Feed the Need.

In addition to this award, Lauren has also been named a member of the 2003 Top 40 Under 40 class (Memphis Business Journal), 2013 Super Women in Business class (Memphis Business Journal), and 2014 CEO of the Year finalist (Memphis Business Quarterly).


  1. Huey’s CEO Tapped as Restaurateur of the Year – Memphis Daily News: August 4, 2015
  2. Lauren McHugh Robinson Named TN Restaurateur of the Year – Leadership Memphis Blog, August 4, 2015
  3. Prominent Memphian Wins Tennessee Restaurant of the Year – Memphis Business Journal, August 4, 2015
  4. CEO of Huey’s named Tennessee’s restaurateur of the year – High Ground News, August 14, 2015
Restaurateur of the Year 02 (Pictured above L to R: Katie Fisher McHugh, Lauren’s daughter; Ashley Boggs Robilio, Lauren’s sister and Vice President of Operations of Huey’s Restaurants; Lauren McHugh Robinson, President and CEO of Huey’s Restaurants; Danny Sumrall, Half Shell; Sharon Sumrall, Half Shell; Charlotte Boggs, Lauren’s mother

10 Ways To Love Memphis This August

Blog Aug 04, 2015

Welcome to August, Memphis! I’ve teamed up with Volunteer Odyssey to bring you the third edition of a monthly series about unique ways to give back and love Memphis. This month, we have everything from delivering flowers to being a high-speed auction spotter to sprucing up Overton Park.

I see it all the time on social media: y’all really do want to give back and show your love for Memphis. I hope these monthly roundups make it easier to find volunteering ideas that work for you.

If none of these strike your fancy, click here for five places that you can try out from home. Or, there are more than 80 volunteer opportunities on Volunteer Odyssey’s Calendar:

Read more at I Love Memphis >


Ed’s Appalachian Journey

Blog Aug 03, 2015

Our Huey’s Poplar Manager Ed continues his hike through the Appalachian Trail! He has now collectively hiked 2000+ miles! He’s crossed into Maine for his last state of the trek, which is the most strenuous and dangerous part of his adventure.

Follow Ed’s journey here:

Ed Mt Washington

Fun Fall Events in Memphis

Blog Jul 29, 2015

It’s going to be a super fun-filled Fall in Memphis! Our friends at Choose901 created a list of everything happening around town, which you can find here. Check out these awesome events around town, and remember why we all Choose901!


Fall in Memphis

25 Free Things To Do in Memphis

Blog Jul 20, 2015

Having fun in Memphis doesn’t have to be expensive, or cost anything at all! Thrillist just came out with a list of Top 25 Things To Do For Free in Memphis. Check it out here, then get out and enjoy our city this summer!

Memphis Zoo

Rock For Love 9

Blog Jul 17, 2015

Don’t miss Rock For Love this year, benefiting Church Health Center! We’re hosting the Kick-Off Party at Huey’s Midtown August 30th! Check out this article in The Commercial Appeal for more information on the whole party!

Rock For Love 9

Liesl Beck

Blog Jun 08, 2015

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Liesl Beck, wife of Tucker Beck. Tucker has been a bartender at Huey’s Poplar for 7 years, and his wife was considered an integral part of our Huey’s family too.

Liesl had a lively, bright spirit that livened everyone around her. She was a loving mother to Ike and wife to Tucker. She will be greatly missed by so many.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with expenses for Tucker and Ike in the next few months. You can view it here:

If you would like to help provide meals for Tucker and Ike Beck for the next couple of months, you can sign-up for a day here:

Details on Liesl’s services:

On Thursday, June 11th, services will be held at Holy Rosary Church at 4851 Park Avenue.

  • Visitation at Holy Rosary Church at 9:00 am.
  • Followed by the Rosary at 10:30 am.
  • Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am.
  • Burial will take place, right after the Mass, at Calvary Cemetery at 1663 Elvis Presley Blvd.
  • Immediately following the burial services, there will be a reception at Holy Rosary Church on Park Avenue around 1:00 pm.


National Burger Day with Ron Olson

Blog May 29, 2015

In celebration of National Burger Day, Ron Olson with FM 100 stopped by Huey’s Midtown to talk to our crew about making a perfect Huey Burger. Here’s the footage.


National Burger Day 2015: Burger Post Roundup

Blog May 28, 2015

Happy National Burger Day! I Love Memphis did a round-up of burger posts to honor the day, and she featured Huey’s as first on the list!



A Huey’s burger, continually voted best in town by various publications readers polls’.

Read the full post here.

Richard Alley: Overton Square reborn to touch yet another generation

Blog May 26, 2015

The last meal we had as nonparents was at Memphis Pizza Café — Calvin was born the next day. The first place we felt comfortable taking him out so we could eat (and have a much-needed adult beverage) was Huey’s on Madison Avenue. The white noise of conversation, kitchen sounds and music lulled him to sleep; we thought we’d never leave.

And now, in its 45th year and mine, we find ourselves returning to Overton Square with our own children. They enjoy the patio at Boscos and at YoLo yogurt just across the street. They shoot toothpicks at the ceiling in that same Huey’s, and Sweet Noshings is a sugary heaven for them. The courtyard behind it all, it turns out, is the perfect place to rock and romp.

Read the full article at The Commercial Appeal >