The original Lost Pizza was launched in Indianola, MS, by Brooks Roberts and Preston Lott in 2007. There are now six locations in Mississippi. Franchise rights for the Memphis store were bought by Will McPherson and Jones McPherson of JJ Brothers.
Among Lost's signature pies are the Lucille with grilled chicken, bacon, and ranch, and the Happy Hippie with spinach, artichoke hearts, black olive, and onions. Lost's menu also features chicken wings, sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes.
The Memphis restaurant takes over the old Ronnie Grisanti's space in Chickasaw Crossing. According to Jim Hunter Walsh, director of operations for JJ Brothers, extensive work has been done to the interior. The bar has been moved and the kitchen updated. The floors are new, as are the finishes.
The restaurant will seat about 140 inside. An outdoor patio, seating 25 to 35, has been created from two parking spaces and the sidewalk along the west side of the building.
Prior to the March 21st opening, Lost Memphis will be having "invite-only" seatings on March 18th, 19th, and 20th at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
Proceeds from the days' sales up to $10,000 will go to the Junior League of Memphis.
As to the "invite-only" of the March 18-20th preview, Walsh says if you show up at the seating times sans invite, you in most likelihood won't be turned away.