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.

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.


MRA-Statement and Stance on Racism

MRA-Statement and Stance on Racism

The Memphis Restaurant Association (MRA) stands against racism of any kind, especially in our restaurants. Racism has no place in our restaurants nor in our Association.

We acknowledge that this is a unique moment in history, where our country and our city are grappling not only with a pandemic but also with a painful legacy of institutional racism against Black Americans and Black Memphians specifically.

The MRA expects our member restaurants to treat their employees and guests with dignity, equality, and respect, and to build a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Memphians.

The MRA also proudly stands behind and supports all of our amazing Black-owned and Minority-owned restaurants. We acknowledge that our city’s culinary success is due in large part to the Black culinary heritage and talent of Memphis. From soul food to barbeque, we recognize this legacy of great food and great tastes has benefited us all, restaurateurs and our guests alike. We encourage Memphians to join us in supporting minority-owned restaurants.

During tough times, it’s often food that brings us together. Memphis has an incredible, diverse community of restaurants that open their doors every day to bring Memphians together around the shared table. We encourage you to broaden your minds, your hearts, and your palettes and help us build a brighter future for the city of Memphis.

Please consider supporting these
Black-Owned Businesses
(thanks to Downtown Memphis Commission.)