October 23, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Top Black Restaurateurs

This week’s threads focused on talented black chef’s who owned successful restaurants.


Patrick “Pat” Neely (born July 20, 1964) is a restaurateurtelevision personality, and author. He is the co-owner of Neely’s Bar-B-Que restaurant in downtown MemphisTennessee. He and wife Gina host two popular Food Network television programs named Down Home with the Neelys and Road Tasted with the Neelys. The pair also co-wrote a cook book. Down Home became the highest rated debut for a Food Network show within the “In the Kitchen” series, which appear on weekend mornings.

Neely was born in Detroit, Michigan. He, age 45, and Gina (née Ervin), age 43, dated in high school. They reportedly rekindled the romance at their 10-year high school reunion. They married in 1994 and have two daughters: Spenser (age 20), Gina’s daughter from a previous marriage (as mentioned by Pat in the book Down Home with the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook), and Shelbi (age 14). This is the second marriage each for Pat and Gina.

In 1988, Neely and three of his brothers (Gaelin, Tony, and Mark) opened a barbecue restaurant in downtown Memphis. They were aided by their uncle, Jim Neely, a legend on the Memphis barbecue scene and owner of Jim Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Que. Jim’s sister, Beverly Neely (Pat’s aunt), is owner of Jay-Bee’s Bar-B-Que in Gardena, California, and her son, Curtis Williams (Pat’s cousin), is the general manager. Jay-Bee’s was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

After a while, the restaurant emerged from behind the shadows of their uncle. Pat and his brothers began to gain their own acclaim, appearing on local TV in Memphis.

Their barbecue sauce is now being distributed nationally with Wal-Mart.

The restaurant has thrived. According to their website, there are now four Neely’s Bar-B-Que locations: two in Memphis (downtown and Mt. Moriah neighborhood), and two in Nashville (including one at Memphis International Airport). On July 9, 2008 the Mt. Moriah location caught fire.

Pat and Gina Neely brought their prize-winning, Tennessee barbecue to New York City with their fourth restaurant project called Neely’s Pig Parlor. The restaurant, with partner Abraham Merchant aboard, will occupy the current cigar bar Merchants NY on 1st and 62nd which is slated to close this August for a Fall opening. The restaurant eventually opened in 2011 as Neely’s Barbecue Parlor. Their Tennessee restaurants closed in 2013.

In August 2008 they acquired a 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) space in mid-town Memphis slated to be a corporate headquarters.

In 2008, their cousin (Jim Neely’s son) opened Ken Neely’s Hickory Bar-B-Que in Memphis.


  • AxelFoley

    Y’know, as your child gets older, you really feel your age. My baby girl is 19 today.


    I’m old, ya’ll.

    • jds09

      Good Morning Axel! It’s a trip ain’t, just looking at your grown ass kids. Happy Birthday to you sweet baby girl.

    • crazycanuck

      Morning Axel. I don’t know what it is like, but I hear ya

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good BIRTHDAY MornTin’ AxelFoley :>) ***BIG HUG*** 2 ALL♥ :>) –

      –Let’s CELEBRATE — with U♥ – —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M Woo! Hoo! :>)

      — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c

      — -☺http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ZVl3g4WfT_M/TMuo4LC7fhI/AAAAAAAAHv0/Qt8GYeys1pI/s1600/birthday+flowers.jpg


      — — -☺http://rlv.zcache.de/alter_19_auf_geburtstags_kuchen_einladungskarte-rc4b3c337300d451e918200da7f7122ef_imtzy_8byvr_324.jpg

      – –☺http://peekintomylifeasasportsmom.com/wp-content/uploads/Birthday-Presents-Picture.jpg

      – – –B BLESSED annnd ENJOY your day♥ – –:>)

      AxelFoley – —As the sayin’ goes — -U R NOT OLDER – –Just —BETTER. :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      It’s better than the alternative.

    • rikyrah

      Enjoy it…think of all the work you’ve already done with her.

      You earned that ‘ wisdom’.

    • isonprize

      Axel, you might have something in common with this guy….

    • Alma98

      Happy Birthday to your baby girl Axel!

    • Aquagranny911

      Happy Birthday to your baby Chica! But wait till she turns 36, THEN you can feel old! That’s how old my bebe will be next month.

  • crazycanuck

    Morning Folks, so here is a very important question. Shirt tucked into jeans or out? lol

    • rikyrah

      Tuck it in

      • crazycanuck

        Done, I was going to leave it out but had second thoughts.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Tuck it in.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ crazycanuck. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)–

      – – – -☺http://www.freewebs.com/year5bont/Girl%20raising%20hand.gif IMMA go with —“TUCK IN.” -:>)

      Now U have a GOOD DAY. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone

  • GreenLadyHere

    – ☺GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – – -***BIG HUG** :>) — –Lookin’ FORWARD 2 a RESTFUL DAY.

    – – – -B BLESSED♥ – — ☺http://wallpaperskd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Tea-Camomiles-Breakfast.jpg

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good MornTin’ PBOMB♥ –HONORING YOUR SERIES :>) – – -Sooo MUCH ENJOY THIS – -“DYNAMIC DUO”. :>)– – -Woo! Hoo! – –Annnd a BIG –YUMMY. :>)

    — — ☻PAT annnd GINA – –“GET DOWN. . In the Kitchen” :>)
    — – ——-☺While –“ON TOP” —Down Home became the highest rated debut for a Food Network show. . .
    — – – — ☺Luvin’ their SAUCE: :>)http://www.delish.com/cm/delish/images/TI/neelys-sauce-and-seasoning-xl-16631086.jpg
    – – – — – –☺”Movin’ On UP. .”The restaurant, with partner Abraham Merchant aboard, will occupy the
    current cigar bar Merchants NY on 1st and 62nd which is slated to close
    this August for a Fall opening.

    – —ENJOY♥ – -http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lm0fhzbrzY1qgtvlpo1_1280.jpg

    — –THANK U PBOMB♥ – — It’s BEEN DELICIOUS! :>) – -B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • rikyrah

    Coates is on MHP this morning.

  • rikyrah
    • Alma98


  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –☺http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2014/05/24/paying-tribute-our-fallen-heroes-memorial-day

    – – – – Paying Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

    – – – – — —In this week’s address, President Obama commemorates Memorial Day by honoring the brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country.

    — – -☺http://www.simsbury-ct.gov/sites/simsburyct/files/imagecache/bulletin510/slide/image/veterans.png AMEN♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -THIS: – –TWEETIN’ — -TRUTH —

    – — -☺Mr. NFTG@Kennymack1971[THANK U♥]

    By ascending to the WH, Barack and Michelle Obama have caused a whole lot of folks to reveal themselves… Whether they realize it or not..

    — -PROFOUND :>)

    • crazycanuck

      Very true

      • GreenLadyHere

        crazycanuck – – –**BIG fist bump*** :>)

    • AxelFoley

      Nothin but the truth.

      • GreenLadyHere

        AxelFoley♥ — – -***BIG fist bump*** :>)- –
        —-[Enjoy your –SPECIAL DAY. :>)]–

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –UPDATE —

    – — —Casey Kasem: Authorities Suspend Wife’s Powers to Determine DJ’s Medical Care– –

    – – – —The order also expands daughter Kerri Kasem’s authority to determine whether her father is receiving adequate care.

    – – -CONTINUIN’ –2 PRAY 4 him. AMEN♥ — –

  • jds09

    Just ran out of Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme, any suggestions on something that works as well but is cheaper? I’m thrifty y’all.

    • goldenstar

      Have you tried Oyin products? Target now carries most of their line (and several other natural care with natural ingredients). Great care taken in using natural ingredients and products work.

      • jds09

        Thanks, I’ll look for it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— TWEETIN’ – – -TRUTH – – A CALL! OUT! – –HAH!
    – – -☺ ‏@amk4obama
    An ex-republican calls out the batshit crazy party that .@gop has become.
    http://theweek.com//article/index/261426/irsquom-not-a-democrat-irsquom-an-anti-republican … pic.twitter.com/L6mUjE7jaY

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥—-ACA POSITIVITY♥ —[Found on TOD♥]

    – —21 things Obamacare does that you didn’t know about– – –

    – – – – Obamacare is the law that extends health insurance coverage to millions of Americans.
    – – —–MOST is POSITIVE. – -WHICH was the DESIGN of MR. PRESIDENT♥- – -THANK U♥ :>)


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – -SADLY – –Watchin’ — – –
    — —☺https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAyJA2lZEio

    – – – —–Raw: Shooting Rampage Near UC Santa Barbara
    —-RIHEP♥ — -CONDOLENCES♥ –2 ALL. :>)
    [Shooter is dead.]

    — —Have friends with children here. They R distraught. –PRAYING♥

    – –NRA[CISTS] – –***crickets*** geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – – -☺May 24, 1944

    Patricia Louise
    Holte is born in Philadelphia, Pa. She will be better known as Patti
    organizer and lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells in

    — – – –A SULTRY DIVA –with a VARIETY of SONGS♥
    – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4LWIP7SAjY

    — – — -☺AT the WHITE HOUSE♥–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxZS4Jz8njs

    — – — — – – ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0hYxuDav0g

    – — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— -LOL – -THIS PIC — -TWEETIN’ — -Da Mighty — -TRUTH

    – – -☺@Politics_PR
    Obama: ‘The problem in Congress is very specific’ http://ow.ly/3kOJXm #p2 #tcot pic.twitter.com/diKjgAV5cZ

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– -WHOA! – – -“Mother Nature”- – -CREATES the UNUSUAL –:>)

    – – – -☺https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/485459_569024779787429_2118135558_n.jpg
    – – — THIS PIC was captioned –“Pallas’s Cat”. — Soo I went 2 find PALLAS. – —An FOUND: —

    — — -☺http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallas%27s_cat
    – – – –Pallas’s cat (Otocolobus manul), also called the manul, is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia.
    – – —SNIP — –
    Pallas’s cat was named after the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776 under the binomial Felis manul.[3]
    – — – -ENJOY♥ — –

    • itgurl_29

      Ok, he looks cute and vicious at the same time, lol.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ itgurl_29 – –***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – -LOL -NOT 2 worry :>) —-According 2 the wiki: —Pallas’s cat is about the size of a domestic cat,. . Annnnd is solitary. :>)
        Sadly – They are also shot because they can be mistaken for marmots, which are commonly hunted, — – -It’s preyed upon and it becoming extinct.

        Good 2 C U. Itgurl29 :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • Alma98

    Morning POU!
    I just got back from the neighborhood cleanup.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – –Good MornTin’ Alma98.- – -***BIG HUG** —WHOA! — -Here He COMES – -“BIG TIME!” — -:>)– –

      – – LOL– -☺IMMA NEED THESE♥ – – -http://img.costumecraze.com/images/vendors/forum/24908-large.jpg


      – – -B BLESSED –U♥/Family♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH! I don’t know why my sun is so huge it’s not that big, I guess disqus blew it up lol.
        I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, I’m hungry after all that cleaning lol. Blessings to and the family.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – – -Alma —Luvin’ IT. :>) –IT’s HERE. :>)
          – – –☺ENJOY♥: – – -http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/breakfast-hash-browns-bacon-fried-egg-toast-orange-juice-colin-and-linda-mckie.jpg

          C YA L8R. :>)

          • Alma98

            Thanks GLH!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma – -My Pleasure. :>) [On short break :>)]

    • goldenstar

      Happy to shine on the cleaned up neighborhood.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon goldenstar! Of course their were homeowners who looked at us like we were martians. I thought to myself instead of staring how about helping lol. We had a good turnout some even brought their kids which was cool. They learned to participate in keeping your neighborhood clean. Also some cruel person set their pet guinea pigs free in the park. We caught them and one of the couples kids wanted them. They already had one so mom and dad said yes. So it was a good morning all around.

        • goldenstar

          Today is a perfect day for communal activity. Gotta light some flames under those homeowners’ behinds!

          Lord. Setting guinea pigs loose? They got some ‘splainin’ to do.

          • Alma98

            Yes we do have to get them off their buts goldenstar. They like living in a clean neighborhood but don’t want to help keep it that way. The good news is some of the foreclosed homes have been sold.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.

      Did the morning swim and ran errands. Now back home doing chores 🙁

      • Alma98

        Good afternoon rikyrah. Now that we’ve cleaned the neighborhood we have to get some yard work done. The hard winter killed 3 of our bushes, going to buy some new ones and some flowers too.

        • rikyrah

          you know, our bushes have never not looked good – 12 months out of the year.. but this winter…damn…they look rough. was out around the neighborhood and just looked at other folks bushes…paid attention to them..bushes are looking rough everywhere it seems.

          • Alma98


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— –Speakin’ of RESTAURANTS :>)- – –

    – – –☺@BestEarthPix[THANK U♥-] :>)

    Ithaa, the first undersea restaurant in the world, Maldives pic.twitter.com/TuKTBoETQd
    – – — BEYOND LOVELY —:>)

    • rikyrah

      I don’t know if I could sit down to dinner. I think I’d be freaked out. I’d go on a tour of it as long as it was fast and I could get out of there ASAP.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** —:>)
        Just visited this recently:-

        — –AQUARUIM of the PACIFIC in Long Beach- -“TUNNEL [Underwater] AQUARIUM”. — -:>)
        —Just lovely. :>)

        B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • One drop of water coming from the ceiling or anywhere else and I’m out of there.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – – –This Day in Black History: May 24, 1974 [Renowned composer and musician Duke Ellington died at age 74.]

    – – — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb2w2m1JmCY


    [Gotta “bounce” – -Our Community Group is Sponsoring a –POLITICAL FORUM”—“Meet the CANDIDATES”. :>)

    – – – -C YA as soon as. . – –B BLESSED♥ — -:>)]

  • Alma98

    A pic of the shooter in California.

  • rikyrah

    Joy Reid ✔ @JoyAnnReid

    I’m convinced that part of the relentless fury at President Obama is a desire to bring him down to parity with Bush, ITO lost esteem.
    8:57 PM – 23 May 2014

    • jds09

      Nah, it’s more visceral than that. PBO cannot be competent, messes up the white superiority thing.

  • jds09

    I’m worried about Kimaye if their wedding doesn’t trend.

  • rikyrah

    so this dude in Cali killed 6 women cause he couldn’t get laid?


    • GOVCHRIS1988

      I wonder if Affluenza will be this kids diagnosis in the autopsy.


      Did this kid not ever hear of the Bunny Ranch in Las Vegas? Pay those women enough, they will ride you like V. Stiviano.

      • jds09

        There’s going to be some wrongful death suits. His daddy is some Hollywood hot shot.

      • rikyrah

        didn’t have to go to the Bunny Ranch.

        his father works in HOLLYWOOD.

        and you’re telling me he couldn’t get the hookup?

    • 7thangel

      this is where that whole Nice Guy™ bs eventually leads to.

      this guy felt he was entitled to women’s bodies and affection because he felt he was this so called ‘nice guy’.

      • rikyrah

        there are plenty of ‘nice guys’ that get turned down.

        This is Affluenza 101.

        He drove a BMW and was under 25, for pete’s sake.

        You women should be opening your legs for him.

  • rikyrah

    Yes, opposition to Obamacare is tied up with race

    By Paul Waldman
    May 23 at 2:55 pm

    Is opposition to Obamacare really about race? That’s the highly charged question that has bubbled up in the last day or so, starting with a Senate hearing and then bursting into the news media. I won’t keep you in suspense: The answer is, “Yes, but . . . .” Not all opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and not from all people, and not at all times. But two things are clearly true. First, some conservatives with large megaphones have worked hard to use the ACA as a tool of race-baiting, encouraging their white audiences to see the law through a racial lens. And second, a growing body of evidence demonstrates that race plays a role in many people’s opposition to the law.

    Before we get into details, this is coming up now because of an exchange between senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) at a hearing. Here’s how it started:

    “It’s very important to take a long view at what’s going on here. And I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good, especially from people who have made up their mind that they don’t want it to work. Because they don’t like the president, maybe he’s of the wrong color. Something of that sort,” Rockefeller said. “I’ve seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true. It’s not something you’re meant to talk about in public, but it’s something I’m talking about in public because that is very true.”


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – – -THIS ARROGANT- — -RACIST!- – –
    – — Redskins President: Won’t Change Name But Harry Reid Should Come To A Game– –
    – —The president of the Washington Redskins simultaneously rejected calls to change the team’s name while simultaneously inviting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to a game.

    “I hope you will attend one of our home games, where you would
    witness first-hand that the Washington Redskins are a positive, unifying force for our community in a city and region that is divided on so many levels,” Redskins president Bruce Allen wrote in a letter to Reid on Friday.

    Reid and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) led about 50 senators urging the franchise to change the team’s name, citing Donald Sterling’s racist comments.

    – —-THAT NAME – –has NOTHING 2 do with UNITY.!!!

    As U can C NOW- —It’s CREATING- – -DIVISION!! —

    WATCHIN’- —It ain’t OVA!!

  • rikyrah

    I’m not a Democrat. I’m an anti-Republican.
    The return of Benghazi is the latest evidence that the GOP is putting its unhinged obsessions before the good of the country
    By Damon Linker | May 13, 2014

    Back in March 2013, I wrote a column titled, “Why I am no longer a Republican.” A more accurate (though admittedly more ponderous) title would have been, “One important reason among many that I am no longer a Republican.”

    That important reason was the Iraq War, which I never supported and which the Bush administration and its legion of defenders in Washington and around the country justified in terms that struck me at the time as highly ideological, fundamentally anti-empirical, and more than a little paranoid. Let’s just say that nothing that happened after the initial invasion persuaded me that my original instincts were wrong.

    If the Iraq War debacle had been an isolated incident — one that Republicans forthrightly acknowledged as a mistake and showed signs of learning from — it’s possible that I wouldn’t have bolted the party.

    But it wasn’t an isolated incident. It was the start of a whole new era for the GOP — an era in which the stridently ideological, anti-empirical, and paranoid tendencies that gained the upper hand in the run-up to the Iraq War (and which had always been present in certain factions of the conservative movement) infected the party from top to bottom, corrupting its thinking on foreign and domestic policy and inspiring its lockstep opposition to the Obama administration’s governing agenda from day one.

    Today, my voting record says I’m a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don’t identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition.


    • goldenstar

      Why are these people trying to split hairs? You vote “D” since 2004? You’re a D, dude. Nobody needs to identify closely with whatever except peace, justice, and fairness.

  • rikyrah

    Repealing Obamacare Is Out. “Fixing Healthcare” Is In.
    By David Weigel

    Over at the Cook Political Report, Elizabeth Wilner writes that Republican pollsters have moved on from “repeal” of Obamacare as their 2014 message.

    Pointing to Public Opinion Strategies national omnibus polling data showing equal percentages of Americans ready to support candidates who want to “keep and fix” the ACA and “repeal and replace” it, [Republican pollster Bill] McInturff suggested we will see a rhetorical shift in how Republicans advertise about the law. For example, ads might include more precise examples of what aspects of the law they would repeal, or more people providing testimonials to how they’ve been hurt by reform.

    The shift is underway already. In a new-ish ad for Massachusetts candidate Richard Tisei, the Chamber promises its endorsee will “work in a bipartisan manner to fix health the right way.’


    • goldenstar

      Isn’t it strange that both Republicans and Democrats are campaigning to fix Obamacare? Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes of KY has used the very phrase.

  • rikyrah

    Shifting Views on Gay Marriage Now Favor Democrats
    DENVER May 23, 2014 (AP)
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press

    It wasn’t all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats to wield.

    Consider Pennsylvania, where Democrats have lambasted Republican Gov. Tom Corbett for comparing gay marriage to incest. Facing a tough re-election campaign, Corbett decided this week not to appeal a federal court ruling striking down the state’s ban of gay marriage.

    Or Colorado, where Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is hitting his Republican challenger for casting votes that denied gay people protection from discrimination. In Arizona, Democrats plan to hammer Republican legislators who passed a law allowing businesses to refuse to serve gays for religious reasons.

    “We’re just beginning to see this, and we will see a lot more in the midterms,” said Richard Socarides, an activist who was President Bill Clinton’s adviser on gay rights. “It will be an incredible shift by the time we get to the (presidential) election in 2016.”

    That election will arrive 20 years after Republicans in Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Clinton signed the bill defensively, worried the GOP would use it as a campaign issue, Socarides said. Republican activists put anti-gay marriage initiatives on the ballot in 11 states in 2004, helping President George W. Bush win re-election with the support of conservative religious voters motivated to turn out to support the bans.


    • goldenstar

      Yeah, and Barack Obama created the conditions.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥—THESE — -Continuin’ PHOOLS—

    – – — ☺http://www.politicususa.com/2014/05/24/republicans-care-vets-blocked-bill-expanding-veterans-benefits.html

    – —Republicans have been crying a river of crocodile tears over how much they care about veterans, but back in February, Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have expanded veterans’ benefits because it was, “too expensive.”
    — -SNIP– –
    However, the same Senate Republicans who are now claiming to be a friend to our veterans, shamefully blocked a bill in February that would have expanded and improved care for vets. The bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders contained provisions that would have restored the
    COLA for vets, and protected them from losing their benefits in the
    event of another government shutdown. It also would have authorized the construction of 27 new clinics and medical facilities, and it would have provided tuition assistance to post-9/11 vets. The bill failed by a 56-41 vote as only two Republicans joined with Democrats in supporting it.