In this week’s The Rant in Memphis Flyer, Randy Haspel talks of his first memories in the original Lafayette’s in Overton Square. Here is a sneak peek:
When Lafayette’s Music Room opened in August of 1972, I became the Square’s unofficial go-to guy for a warm-up act. Friday’s manager and former Box Tops drummer, Thomas Boggs, moved me across the street where, instead of playing four sets a night, I became the opening act for some of the major artists of the day. Lafayette’s wasn’t just a rock club. They booked jazz musicians like Herbie Hancock, Buddy Rich, and Chick Corea, or you could drop by the next week and catch Waylon Jennings or Earl Scruggs.
Billy Joel was touring behind his first album, Piano Man, when he played Lafayette’s. I strummed pleasantly for the packed house, but Billy Joel blew them away. Between shows, I went to the dressing room and, after introducing myself, I told Billy that I really believed he was going to make it. He smiled and told me he appreciated it. Hey, you’ve heard of the “butterfly effect.” Who’s to say my few words of encouragement didn’t make all the difference?
When I was finishing up my set before Barry Manilow made his Memphis debut, I told the audience that they would love this guy with the piano that lights up like a Christmas tree, which sent Manilow’s manager into a rage, chasing after Thomas Boggs, screaming that I had ruined Barry’s schtick.
To read the whole article, with more stories about Thomas Boggs, pick up a copy of this week’s paper or read it online here.
Memphis offers “the right live/work/play environment” for Millennials, a recent report found. Young adults are flocking to the Bluff City.
College is the best time to explore a new city. For students at the University of Memphis, there is plenty to do on and off campus. Below are just a few things every Tiger should do before graduating.
3. EAT LOCAL
The Bluff City is known for its barbecue (and for that, you should definitely eat Central BBQ. But there are many mouthwatering and diverse restaurants worthy of your patronage. Here are three that stand out:
Chings Hot Wings claims to have “the best damn wings” in town and it’s no joke. Customers get a lot for the rock-bottom prices they pay. I highly recommend the honey gold wings.
Pizza is a crowd pleaser, and it’s hard to mess up. But Aldo’s Pizza goes above and beyond. Grab a slice of the Vodka Pie.
Huey’s has been flipping burgers in Memphis since 1970. The restaurant may be more synonymous with the city’s culture than any other. Bring a Sharpie and write on the walls or put a toothpick in a straw and shoot it at the ceiling. Every burger is worth ordering at least once, but after biting into the Sunshine Burger — which features cheddar cheese, grilled mushrooms, bacon and a fried egg — there’s no going back.
Felicia Willet of Felicia Suzanne’s was recently featured in Memphis Magazine, and she gave a kind shout out to Thomas Boggs and Huey’s.
Charlie Vergos of Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous and Thomas Boggs of Huey’s Restaurant were both titans in this business, but they were humble men who were always happy to share their secret to success. The advice they gave was simple, yet invaluable to me as I began to think about how I wanted to model my business: Always count your blessings, and pay them back to the community that gives them to you.
We owe much to the community, and we’ve found our way of giving back. I think that Charlie Vergos and Thomas Boggs would be proud.
For the second year in a row, members of our Huey’s staff have come together to donate their time and money to feed the homeless Christmas lunch. This year we partnered with local nonprofit Eat Memphis to provide lunches to over 130 guests at Huey’s Downtown.
Each guest recieved turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, gravy, and cookies. Thanks to all of the volunteers, the homeless were able to sit in a warm building with hot food, drinks, and great service. The kids all helped the homeless to their tables and kept their cups filled. Cortez and Jessica with Eat Memphis welcomed people in the door. They also gave out goody bags for them as they left, filled with apples, bananas, bottled water, and other necessities.
Christmas is so full of hustle and bustle and it was nice to take the time to stop and take care of those who need a little love. We were all blessed this day, and it showed through all the smiling faces that we fed. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work and great company. A very special thanks to US Foods, Sysco Memphis, LLC., and Smith Fixture Company for all the donations that made this day possible.
Huey’s is a proud sponsor of Rock For Love and big supporter of Church Health Center. Each year, we participate in this fun event, one of the Church Health Center’s biggest fundraisers all year along.
Our participation this year was two-fold: We hosted the Kick-Off Show and joined in the fun during the Kid’s Show.
Huey’s Midtown hosted the Kick-Off Show the Sunday before the music festival began on August 31st. The Chaulkies jammed from 4pm-7pm. Church Health Center was present to pump up the show and give away swag, and we ran beer specials that day to raise an extra $268.00 donation bonus back to the organization!
We also hosted a Huey’s Kids Zone play area during the Saturday afternoon show, and we had a blast. It rained some, but that did not take our fun away! We played frill pick shooting games, colored on a “graffiti wall”, and blew bubbles, all while dancing to the music line-up on the Overton Square Courtyard stage.
We’re happy to volunteer and get involved in such a fun event, and we hope you will join in the fun with us next year!
It all started with one phone call. Huey’s Poplar decided that it was time to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and they wanted to challenge another store. Next thing you know, all 8 locations had taken the challenge, plus the home office as well. Here is a breakdown of how this week went:
1. On Tuesday, August 19th, Huey’s Poplar took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They, in turn, challenged Huey’s Collierville.
2. On Wednesday, August 20th, Huey’s Collierville accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They then challenged Huey’s Germantown.
3. On Thursday, August 21st, Huey’s Germantown accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They challenged Huey’s Downtown.
4. On Friday, August 22nd, Huey’s Downtown accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with much flair. They challenged Huey’s Southwind.
5. On Saturday, August 23rd, Huey’s Southwind accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, babies and all. They challenged Huey’s Midtown.
6. On Sunday, August 24th, Huey’s Midtown accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They challenged Huey’s Corporate Office.
7. On Monday, August 25th, the Boggs family and Huey’s Corporate Office accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Shannon accepted it twice. They challenged Huey’s Southaven.
8. On Tuesday, August 26th, Huey’s Southaven accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They challenged Huey’s Cordova.
9. On Wednesday, August 26th, Huey’s Cordova accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with mermaids and Titanic t-shirts.
As the final store, Cordova challenged STEVE VOSS, Huey’s Area Director and former General Manager of Huey’s Cordova. Steve has yet to complete his challenge, but we will not let him slip through the cracks.
The most important part of this endeavor was raising awareness and money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Because of the awesome, impromptu, enthusiastic participation from all Huey’s locations, our employees were able to raise over $1200.00 for The ALS Association!
This week of Ice Bucket Challenges started with the Huey’s staff and managers wanting to participate and give back. It was not mandatory for all stores to participate. They instead participated on their own accord and all raised a significant amount of money for the organization.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is still happening, and you can donate to at alsa.org/donate.
Along with our customer frill pick contest, we also hold a behind the scenes employee frill pick contest as well. In short, the employee that raises the most money for the Memphis Zoo during the store’s annual frill pick contest wins a prize.
Huey’s Downtown just wrapped up another successful frill pick contest, which in total raised $1354.00 for the Memphis Zoo. The employee that raised the most money during the contest was Andrew Hogan, or “Hogan” as we know him. Hogan has now held this honor for the last 5 years in a row at Huey’s Downtown, always raising the most money.
To congratulate him on his success, his co-workers baked him a cake, decorated a crown, and made a trophy for him! Thank you Hogan for your hard work in supporting the Memphis Zoo each and every year!
Huey’s Midtown is excited to welcome the outstanding and overwhelmingly talented JP Soars and the Red Hots to our stage on Sunday night, August 31st at 8:30pm.
JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences, such as T-bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer. Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues. It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style.
JP Soars and the Red Hots performed at Huey’s Cordova in May to a packed house, and we expect Huey’s Midtown to be just as jamming! Come grab a spot and jam with us all night.
Other exciting shows coming up at Huey’s:
- The Johnny Azari Duo, 8/17, Huey’s Midtown (4pm)
- The Vine Brothers, 8/17, Huey’s Midtown (8:30)
- Roxy Roca, 8/17, Huey’s Poplar (8:30)
- The Beat Daddys, 8/24, Huey’s Cordova (8:30)
For a full music line-up every month, make sure to check out the Live Music page on our website.
Interested in winning a $100 Huey’s gift card and giving back to The Memphis Zoo at the same time?
Our Huey’s Downtown Frill Pick Contest starts today and runs through the whole month of July! You spent all year shooting those frill picks up into the ceiling, and now it’s time to knock em down!
Want some tips on how to stick your frill picks in the ceiling? Check out our video.
We are excited to be featured in “Memphis on a Budget“, an article that came out today from USA Today focused on visiting Memphis on a budget. USA Today listed us as one of the top places to dine in Memphis for under $10 each, alongside Memphis greats such as Gus’ Fried Chicken, Jerry’s Sno Cones, Mosa Asian Bistro, and Bryant’s Breakfast.
Even as Memphians, sometimes we forget about some of the fun times we can have in our city for cheap, or we are constantly discovering new places. Read the article, and discover a few new ideas on how to spend your summer!