Fit To Be Fried 

Restaurant's adopt-a-fish program is an alluring offer.

Since its invention seven years ago, the Big Mouth Billy Bass has annoyed thousands. Mounted like a real fishing trophy, the animatronic fish seems innocuous enough, but walk past it and you'll wish you hadn't. That is, unless you like cheesy recordings of "Take Me to the River."

Shannon Wynne, owner of the Flying Saucer and its sister restaurant, the Flying Fish, says he was given about six of the singing fish when the product was at its peak.

"People would get them and think they were the first person who'd ever seen them," he says. "Nearly everyone that bass fishes got one. Now that the craze is over, people have got all these fish sitting up in their attics."

This is where the Flying Fish comes in. As a Billy Bass Adoption Center, the restaurant has roughly 20 singing fish hanging on the wall (don't worry; they take the batteries out first). Patrons bring their Billy Bass with them, sign adoption papers giving them to the restaurant, and in return, get a free basket of catfish.

Wynne founded the restaurant with a country fishing shack in mind. The walls are adorned with mementos from fishing trips, and there's even an entire wall dedicated to the amazing catches that customers have made over the years, aptly named "The Liars' Wall."

Memphis isn't the first location for the Flying Fish. There are three Flying Fish in Texas and one in Arkansas, smack dab in the heart of fishing country. "The one in Little Rock is just a mecca," says Wynne. "They love it, they really do."

No word on whether anyone has started adopting Kung Fu Karate Hamster or Buck the Singing Deer yet.

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

Music Blog

Jose Feliciano Plays Unannounced Memphis Gig

Hungry Memphis

Welcome back, Restaurant Iris!

Music Blog

Gillian Welch Wows GPAC

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Alpha

Intermission Impossible

In Praise of "Love and Murder" at Playhouse on the Square

News Blog

MATA Looks to Hire More Trolley Operators

Music Blog

Listen Up: Cruelty of the Heavens

News Blog

VIDEO: SUV Driver Swerves Into Cyclists

Intermission Impossible

Ostranders to Honor Memphis Performers Who Died During 2017-18 Season

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Cherie Heiberg

  • Med Alert

    The ailing Med suffers from a list of symptoms: uninsured patients, rising health costs, and aging equipment. Is there a cure?
    • Aug 16, 2007
  • Dog Day

    Animal activists chain off at motorcycle dealership.
    • Jul 5, 2007
  • Q&A: Henry Hooper II

    Green Beret, Secret Service Agent, Insurance Salesman ... City Councilman.
    • Jun 28, 2007
  • More »

Readers also liked…

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2018

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation