Thomas Boggs

Thomas Boggs
Thomas Boggs
Thomas Boggs

Thomas Boggs: A Tribute

Read more about Thomas Boggs here (Memphis Flyer article) and here (Wiki) and here (obit) and here (Memphis Daily News tribute).

Thomas Boggs, CEO of Huey’s, a partner in the Half Shell, Tsunami, and Folk’s Folly and tireless community activist, died in May 2008. He was 63.

He was a past president of the Memphis Restaurant Association and was awarded the association’s highest honor, the Newt Hardin Award for outstanding service.

Boggs was known for his civic contributions: board member and former president of the Memphis Zoological Society; advisory board member of the Memphis Food Bank; Chairman and board member of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau; and chairman and board member of Memphis In May.

We honor him annually by remembering his legacy at our golf tournament. You can sign up for the 2020 golf tournament here.

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Monday, May 11 at 4pm
Learn all about contactless menus (menus that diners can view on their phone).
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All of USF’s previously recorded webinars are here! Watch on-demand!

View upcoming webinars here.

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All of SYSCO’s previously recorded webinars are here! Watch on-demand!

View upcoming webinars here.

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Straight Talk: A series on how businesses are navigating the unknown and adjusting operations to survive
Chuck Pinkowski, owner, Pinkowski & Company
Wayne Tabor, president & CEO, Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association
McLean Wilson, principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies

US Foods
Recording from May 3 here

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2021-22 Board Nominations Are Now Open

MRA Nominations Image

Nominations are open until September 30, 2020.

The ballot is live for two weeks at the beginning of October.

The by-laws read:

The Nominating Committee shall consist of four members. The past President as chair and the three appointed regular members of the Executive Board. Associate members may not serve on the Nominating Committee. The nominating committee will convene each year on or before September 1st in order to submit nominations to the Executive Board by October 1st to be placed in ballot form along with any other nominations by the general membership.

The Nominating Committee consists of:

  • Anthony House, Chick-Fil-A
  • Terry Trim, Tops BBQ
  • Michelle Tavares, Peabody
  • Schuyler O’Brian, Hog Wild
  • Eric Vernon, The Bar-B-Q Shop

All nominees must be current, paid members, as does the person who nominates them.

Health Department Environmental Health and Food Safety Program Has Moved

Health Department Environmental Health and Food Safety Program Has Moved

The Health Department’s Environmental Health and Food Safety Program has moved from 814 Jefferson Avenue to 1826 Sycamore View Road. Permits and plan reviews for restaurants, food trucks, retail food stores, hotels/motels, tattoo artists, and other service businesses that used to be available at the Health Department’s main location at 814 Jefferson will now only available at 1826 Sycamore View Road.

The new location is centrally located and features plenty of free parking and will allow the Health Department to better serve the needs of foodservice providers. The Environmental Health and Food Safety Program’s telephone numbers remain the same as before the move. The permit office may be reached at 901-222-9218.

Memphis Restaurant Association Free Printables

Contact Tracing Sign Up Form PDF (both quarter sheets and full page) – print this page to keep track of the required name and phone number of parties eating at your establishment. Shelby County Health Directive #8 dated July 8, 2020. Our understanding is that you must collect the name and number of one person per party.

Screening customers Poster PDF According to the Tennessee Pledge (posted here) restaurants are required to screen their customers for illness. We have created a free printable for you to post on all your doors which serves to question your incoming customers.

Free prescription card (print out or save to your phone.) This prescription card will save you money on your prescriptions from the pharmacy. Use it with any insurance you have to see if stacking the discount will save you even more money.

Free Office Depot discount card (print out or save to your phone.) This card can be used for so much. The greatest savings is on copies, but you can save on all sorts of other products from Office Depot like cleaning supplies, office furniture, printer ink, and more.

Please consider joining the Memphis Restaurant Association. You can sign up here.

Governor Lee Extends to Go Drinks for Restaurants Through September

Executive Order No. 59

Executive Order No. 59 extends previous provisions that:

  • Urge persons to wear a cloth face-covering in places where in close proximity to others, while facilitating local decision-making concerning face-covering requirements;
  • Urge social distancing and limit social and recreational gatherings of 50 or more persons, unless adequate social distancing can be maintained;
  • Limit nursing home and long-term-care facility visitation, while providing a framework for safe, limited visitation, and continue the closure of senior centers;
  • Provide that employers and businesses are expected to comply with the Governor’s Economic Recovery Group Guidelines (e.g., Tennessee Pledge) for operating safely (the 6 counties with locally run county health departments have authority to issue different directives on businesses/venues);
  • Provide that bars may only serve customers seated at appropriately spaced tables and must follow the Economic Recovery Group Guidelines (e.g., Tennessee Pledge) for restaurants (the 6 counties with locally run county health departments have authority to issue different directives on businesses/venues);
  • Continue access take-out alcohol sales to encourage carryout and delivery orders;
  • Allow broad access to telehealth services;
  • Increase opportunities for people to easily join the healthcare workforce;
  • Facilitate increased testing and health care capacity;
  • Extend deadlines and suspend certain in-person continuing education, gathering, or inspection requirements to avoid unnecessary person-to-person contact; and
  • Increase opportunities to work remotely where appropriate.


Award Winners

Join the ServSafe Dining Commitment

As an integral part of the history and fabric of your community, it’s time to make plans to safely welcome customers back to your dining room. We invite you to prepare for your reopening with the ServSafe Dining Commitment, a multi-million-dollar program aiming to reassure customers that the restaurants they love are open, trained in new sanitation and safety procedures, and committed to the health and enjoyment of their diners.

Restaurants Who Make the Commitment:

  • Adhere to the National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance in addition to the guidance of Federal and State regulatory bodies
  • Train staff on core food safety procedures as well as supplemental COVID-19 precautions.

All Restaurants Who Join the ServSafe Dining Commitment Will Recieve:

  • A coupon code for 20% discount on select ServSafe products
  • Access to ServSafe’s library of food safety posters
  • Their location added to our searchable database for the dining public
  • A digital marketing kit to promote their safety commitment

The ServSafe Dinning Commitment also communicates to potential diners the steps they should take to protect staff, other patrons, and themselves while dining via our diner information site,

Ready to commit? Take the next step in welcoming diners back and make the commitment.

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