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Elvis Presley's Memphis to re-open on Beale Street

By: Elvis Australia
Source: Bill Burk / www.elvis.com.au
April 22, 2006 - 1:55:00 PM
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The restaurant once known as EP's Memphis will re- open on Beale Street late this summer, but operating under a distinctly different motif.

Jimmy Ishii has signed a 12-year lease with EPE and will open the place around late August. It is now being called by the working name of "EP - Delta Kitchen and Bar." Ishii and Tommy Boggs are the two best restaurateurs in Memphis and are partners in a couple of locations.  The musical direction of the club will switch from all-Elvis to music from several different genres, including Elvis.  Food-wise (which is where EW felt EPs-Memphis failed miserably), Ishii will go heavy on Southern cuisine, adding his own special touch. 

EP's Memphis was open in the old Lansky Bros. clothing store building from 1997 to 2003. It lost million$. It catered mostly to die-hard Elvis fans, whereas, Ishii will try to attract all types of customers and appeal to the growing downtown Memphis population  (as people retreat from the distant suburbs).

Ishii owns 9 other restaurants, including several Sekisui restaurants in Memphis.  He was named Memphis Restaurant Association's Chef of the Year in 1998 and Memphis Business Journal's 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year. Ishii was brought to Memphis in the 1970s by Rocky Aoki, owner of the Benihana chain of restaurants, and served as the Memphis Benihana's first manager.

Boggs was drummer for (cousin) Tommy Burk & The Counts and other successful Memphis bands before opening his highly successful Huey's chain of hamburger restaurants across the Mid-South. He also partners in several other successful Memphis restaurants, including Folk's Folly.

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