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Owner, Patrick’s Neighborhood Bar & Patio
Owner/operator of Patrick’s for over 15 years and have worked in the industry for over 35 years.
Past MRA President and Board member 2007-2012. President 2021-2022.
2015 MRA Restaurateur of the Year.
2019 TN State Restaurateur of the Year.
Owner, Curry N Jerk
Arturo is a native of Panama Central America. He served in the Army for 9 years before before working in corporate America as a product engineer for 20 years. Arturo followed his dream to own a restaurant and opened Curry N Jerk in June of 2018. His restaurant has been his primary focus for the last four years. He is a husband and father of 3 young adults. His hobbies are traveling, playing dominoes and riding motorcycles. Arturo’s goal is to have Curry N Jerk as a household name focusing on bringing a diverse community together for delicious food and a great atmosphere.
Arturo is currently a member of MRA. He has also partnered with several organizations to feed the homeless, contribute to back to school drives, and speaking with the youth on guidance, support and direction.
The restaurant business has allowed Arturo to meet many people from around the world who he has enjoyed having great conversations with and seeing how they love the food.
Owner, The Arcade
My family owns The Arcade in Downtown Memphis. The Arcade has the honor of being Memphis’ oldest restaurant. Speros Zepatos founded the diner in 1919 after immigrating from Cephalonia, Greece.
I graduated from Ole Miss and am the Treasurer of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. I have served on the Memphis Restaurant Association Board for 2 years.
Food and Beverage Manager, Peabody Hotel
Maegan is originally from Arkansas but has had her roots in Memphis for over 10 years. She has been in the restaurant industry for 15 years. In her free time, Maegan enjoys dining at new restaurants, spending time with her friends, family and dog, and also relaxing on the beach. Her grandparents are her greatest role models.
Her favorite thing about Memphis, Tennessee is working at “The South’s Grand” Hotel. Being able to interact with numerous amounts of people from all over the world, is my favorite thing about being in the restaurant business.
TANDEM Restaurant Partners
Stephanie is from Charlotte, NC but has called Memphis home since ’93 and has been in the restaurant business for over 10 years. Stephanie loves spending time with her five children and likes to paint in her free time.
Stephanie is very involved in her community in the following areas:
Independent Restaurant Coalition, Women’s Council of Realtors- Memphis Chapter, Memphis Young Professionals Network, Youth Villages 5K Steering Committee. She also has been affiliated as an Accredited Buyer Representative, 2006 Downtown Neighborhood Association Home Tour Sponsorship Chair, 2008 Center City Commission- Main Street Task Force Committee, 2010-2011 Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) Benevolent Fund Committee, 2012 MAAR Annual Election Officer
Stephanie loves the Memphis community and the feel of knowing someone who knows someone you know. The restaurant business is even better with how much everyone cares for/about each other. We have a big family and an even bigger restaurant family!
I am a 36-year hospitality veteran, bringing industry experience and a fresh perspective to my role.
I have an extensive background in restaurant and management experience in multiple concept styles.
Most recently, I have leveraged my successful track record in building growth and expansion, employee development, and strategic planning to start my own restaurant consulting company.
I am a lifelong Memphian, an alumnus of the University of Memphis, and a longtime MRA member.
I have also been active with such organizations like Memphis Downtown Association, and local charities such as St. Jude, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Madonna Learning Center.
Alex was born and raised in Memphis and grew up in Huey’s with many memories of helping at the restaurant as a child.
Alex is very active in the Memphis community and is currently serving as:
Overton Park Shell Professionals Board
Youth Villages Board
President of the Christian Brothers High School Alumni Board
Grace St Lukes School Alumni Board
Co-Chair of the Taste of CBHS
Alex enjoys golfing and spending time with
his growing family.
Favorite part of the business is talking to peeople!
BJ Chester-Tamayo grew up in Meridian, MS. She grew up in a home filled with love and a lot of family bonding over many meals. After High School, she moved to Memphis with her military husband whom she later divorced. As a single mother, with her son, she went back to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in May 1996 from LeMoyne-Owen College.
In August 1996, her only child, Will A. Tamayo III, was killed in a motorcycle accident. BJ’s world as she once knew it, changed forever and so did she. BJ took the memories from her childhood; of happiness and families being brought together around good food and started to form a new world, Alcenia’s.
In 1997, she opened Alcenia’s Desserts & Preserves (named after her mother (now deceased) and granddaughter). She had a desire to manufacture desserts & preserves, but quickly found out that people wanted more of Alcenia’s. Thus, the reason you have soul food at Alcenia’s today.
“My food not only represents Memphis but it represents the world” is one of her many sayings.
Celtic Crossing Irish Pub & Restaurant
Jamie Naylor is a driven restaurant owner, dedicated community advocate and generous mother. She began her career at The Orpheum Theatre as special projects coordinator, leading community outreach activities, managing membership services, promoting tourism to Memphis and more. She is an active member of the Cooper-Young Community Association.
Outside of Cooper-Young and Celtic, Jamie is an advocate for those in need, particularly children. Currently, she sits on the board for 901 Girls With Goals, a nonprofit dedicated to helping middle and high school girls interested in playing soccer. In the past, she has served as a Vollintine Evergreen Neighborhood School Parent Teacher Organization adviser. She has also served on the advisory board for Literacy Mid-South and as an adviser to the Children’s Ministry Team at Church on the River.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Jamie has utilized the opportunities available to her here in Memphis. As a self-
motivated professional who combines strong planning and organization skills with the ability to provide unprecedented customer service, Jamie is definitely making her mark on the 901.
Founder & CEO, SOB Hospitality
Ed and his wife, Brittany, started SOB in 2009 in the South Main Arts District. Ed and his team have helped shepherd tremendous growth with the SOB brand. Ed currently has two SOB locations with a third one in Collierville slated for 2023.
When not working on the business, Ed enjoys spending his time on the golf course, devouring the latest business book, traveling, coaching his son’s sports teams, and hanging out with his two young boys!
Alfred’s on Beale, Dyer’s Burgers, Automatic Slim’s, Café Ole, Ubee’s, Catering for U
Kendall Robertson is dedicated to the hospitality industry in Memphis and strives to create great experiences for locals and tourists. Kendall is a lifelong Memphian who attended Christian Brothers High School, The University of Tennessee and The University of Memphis. He grew up in the restaurant business and has worked in restaurants since he was young.
Kendall came up through the ranks of restaurants starting as a sever and eventually working his way through all aspects of the restaurant business. He has been featured on numerous TV shows spotlighting Dyer’s On Beale and Memphis tourism. He loves to participate in community events. Kendall has helped young restauranteurs by frequently speaking to hospitality classes at Southwest. He is currently participating in Real Men Wear Pink to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
Kendall is very passionate about the restaurant business and thrives on making Memphis hospitality the best it can be. He is a very firm believer that there is always more to learn. His favorite thing about the restaurant business is that every day is different, and says “You never know what is going to happen and you always have to be quick on your feet.”
Owner/Executive Chef, Alchemy Restaurant & Craft Cocktail Bar and Salt|Soy
Bringing more than a decade of restaurant industry experience, Nick Scott serves as Owner/Executive Chef at both Alchemy Restaurant & Craft Cocktail Bar and Salt|Soy.
A Tennessee native, he moved to Memphis in 1997. Prior to Purchasing Alchemy in April 2016, he held the position of Executive Chef at Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar. Nick also served as chef-partner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and executive chef at Bluefin Edge Cuisine & Sushi Lounge. He also honed his international culinary skills at Memphis’ Do Sushi Lounge, Stella Restaurant, and Wally Joe Restaurant. Nick opened Salt|Soy in June 2018.