Thursday, October 26, 2017

Burger Fest Founder Calls It Quits

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 3:58 PM

Seth Agranov - FRANK CHIN
  • Frank Chin
  • Seth Agranov

Seth Agranov, founder of the Best Memphis Burger Fest, announced today that he is walking away from the festival, due, in part, to declining attendance and increasing time demands. He says he hopes someone will take over the festival.

From the statement:

Over the past six years, Burger Fest has become a passion and a love affair of mine. I’ve put everything into it and in return, it’s paid me back with a renewed faith and admiration for this great city, a love for the people in it and amazement at my own abilities to make a difference, even on a small scale.  ...

I started Burger Fest with a goal in mind and a dream of what it one day could be. As a fundraiser and cooking competition, it has far surpassed all my goals. As for my dream, it remains just that for now. I am content knowing I never said, “what if I …” or “I wish I had…” ....

I will miss it like nothing else, but I feel strongly that the time to walk away is now. I have no regrets. On the contrary, I have a heart overflowing with love for the people, organizations and teams associated with Burger Fest and those that helped me reach all my festival goals. Maybe I did live my dream? Nonetheless, I am proud to step off this ride knowing that what I may have created very quickly grew into something way bigger than me. I owe everything to you all – my family, my friends, my sponsors, my teams, my Burger Squad, my Memphis. ...

The amazing thing about giving is that it becomes addictive. I can never stop giving back to the city that has given me so much. I’d like to remain involved with Memphis Paws and continue to be a part of the local food scene. I still think the best is yet to come. I’m also happy to make all my resources available to anyone interested in continuing Best Memphis Burger Fest. I really hope someone does.

Dr. Seuss said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Today, I am smiling!

To you all and for all you’ve done – I am forever grateful. The unknown is exciting. I look forward to sharing it with you.


Seth Agranov
President, Memphis Paws, Inc.
Founder & Director, Best Memphis Burger Fest

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tater Tots Now Available at All Huey's

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 3:04 PM


Breaking! Tater tots are available at all Huey's locations starting today.

Huey's began testing the dish earlier this month at the Germantown and Poplar locations. They announced earlier today, that they were introducing tots at the other seven locations.

From the release:

Starting October 18th, all nine Huey’s locations will begin offering a new menu item- Tater Tots! Earlier this month, the Germantown and Poplar locations rolled out the tater tots for testing and the feedback has been fantastic!

The tater tots were chosen by the Huey’s Menu Development Committee. "We have been thinking about tater tots for a while. It was really just a matter of time,” explains Steve Voss, Vice President of Operations. “Starting with Germantown and Poplar was a way to make sure we can execute all of our quality and service standards. The response has been a big hit so far!"

You can order a basket of tater tots to share or a side to go with a World Famous Huey Burger. The new Cheese Tots are topped with melted cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and green onions and served with homemade ranch dressing.

Basket Tater Tots: $4.25
Side Tater Tots: $2.25
Cheese Tots: $8.25

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I Love Juice to Open in TN Brewery

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 10:35 AM


The folks behind Memphis' I Love Juice Bar announced yesterday that a third location will open in the Tennessee Brewery in spring 2018.

From the release:

I Love Juice Bar will open its third, Memphis-area location in Downtown Memphis in the Tennessee Brewery’s Bottle Shop at 500 Tennessee Street, Suite 166. With a projected opening of Spring 2018, I Love Juice Bar Downtown will continue to focus on the healthy eats, juices, smoothies, coffee, and wellness shots served at its popular restaurants in Midtown and Crosstown.

“Whenever we pick a new I Love Juice Bar location, it’s really important that we feel a synergy with the neighborhood. We aren’t just opening a restaurant; we are creating a new community space for neighbors to meet, connect, and enjoy our city.” says Scott Tashie, owner of I Love Juice Bar and City Silo Table + Pantry in East Memphis.

Rebekah Tashie, owner of I Love Juice Bar and City Silo Table + Pantry, continues, “The Tennessee Brewery’s forward-thinking, community minded vision made perfect sense for our third Memphis location, and we are extremely excited to be affiliated with this venture.”

At 867 square feet, I Love Juice Bar Downtown will offer both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as convenient grab and go. Customers can expect the signature I Love Juice Bar experience – fresh juices, great music, warm environment - but tailored to fit the needs of the downtown community.

“The I Love Juice Bar concept of convenient, delicious, and healthy food is exactly what our future tenants and neighbors want,” says Benjamin Orgel of Slovis and Associates. They are looking to grab quick bites on their way out the door, returning from a workout, or during a fast lunch break – I Love Juice Bar is the ideal tenant we envisioned filling this space.”

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pontotoc opening next week on South Main

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Daniel Masters and Jeremy Thacker-Rhodes, two owners of the new Pontotoc restaurant/jazz bar. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Daniel Masters and Jeremy Thacker-Rhodes, two owners of the new Pontotoc restaurant/jazz bar.

“Pontotoc” - an upscale restaurant and jazz bar - is slated to open next week in the old “Cafe Pontotoc” location at 314 South Main, said Jeremy Thacker-Rhodes, owner with Matthew Thacker-Rhodes and Silly Goose owner Daniel Masters.

The place has “the coolest vibe - almost like a New York vibe instead of a Memphis vibe,” said Jeremy, who, along with Matthew and Dara Vongphrachanh are the owners of Baron's Man Cave in Germantown.

Pontotoc will be open for dinner, but soon will offer breakfast, lunch and brunch as well.

Chris Eure will be executive chef. “It’s going to be tapas style, but have kind of an elegant Southern twist,” Jeremy said.

As for the music, he said, “We’re going to be playing old jazz. Nothing older than 1950. On weekends, we’re looking at live musicians playing.”

Asked what he liked about the idea of opening the venue, Jeremy said, “I felt like it was a concept that was unique to Memphis and Downtown Memphis. And kind of adding a touch of variety to the Downtown vibe. And creating a different atmosphere unique to Downtown.”

He’s excited about “Pontotoc.” “It’s the coolest concept. I think it’s going to do really well Downtown.”

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

901 Tacos Expanding

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 11:51 AM


901 Tacos, the Beale Street restaurant, is expanding into Midtown. But, you won't be able to eat there.

That's because owner Jeremiah Martin is testing out a new concept called Expodine.

In operating 901 Tacos, Martin noticed how delivery services such as UberEats and Bite Squad really upped his business. So, he's opening a delivery-only restaurant. It will be four restaurants in one offering four different cuisines.

The restaurants are Bellissimo Cafe, KC BBQ, Touch of the South Cafe, and 901 Tacos.

"We try to make everything from scratch," says Martin. Our tortillas are bought locally. We use local produce as much as possible. We 100 percent support local businesses. We are local."

Customers will be able to order whatever they want from any of the restaurants, so if the kids want tacos and you want Southern comfort food, all appetites will be taken care of.

Martin says he will still use UberEats and Bite Squad, but will employ his own drivers. The delivery is until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. on weekends.

He hopes to be open in a few weeks.

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