A lot of different things happened in 1939…
- Batman, created by Bob Kane (and, unofficially, Bill Finger) makes his first appearance in a comic book.
- CBS Television begins transmission
- Marvin Gaye, American singer was born
- The Wizard of Oz was released
- The Green Beetle was open in Memphis, TN
You are probably wondering why I named all those things. So many things were happening in the country but the one thing I am going to talk about is The Green Beetle, the Oldest Tavern in Memphis.
Meet Josh Huckaby, his grandfather Frank Liberto opened the restaurant back in 1939 and ran it until the 1970’s. I got to sit with Josh and talk a little bit about the restaurants past, present and future.
Josh worked for the owner of the building years ago and one day he told him that if the spot comes available to let him know. Josh was working around West Virginia for Hollywood Casinos when he got the call about the building, he did something very bold, after coming to Memphis to talk numbers with the owner he went back quit his job and moved back home to open The Beetle. “When you know you know” Josh says
This was a once in a life time opportunity for Josh, with his mom behind him and after a year of construction the restaurant finally opened. According to Josh it has been one of the hardest things he has ever done but its very rewarding.
The recipes are from Josh’s culinary excursions, just some recipes he picked along the way. While I was there I was able to try the Philly Cheesestake, they don’t skimp on the meat. The steak was cooked just right, great flavor and a nice portion.
I had a hard question for Josh but he managed to give a great answer…what’s your favorite thing on the menu?, The lasagna, being grandmas recipe, it is Josh favorite dish on the menu but he did say that the most popular dishes are the burgers, not trying to be a burger joint but burgers are something that sells the most.
Fun Story: A 93 year old lady had her birthday party at The Green Beetle, she had 12 people in her party celebrating with her. The cool thing about that lady, she used to work the cash register back in the day.
Josh has definitely done his homework about the area and clientele he has. He even met with a historian before opening to better understand the area. The restaurant has a lot of the original stuff from when his grandfather owned the place. He does have plans to change the menu for the summer.
Well this is a place that is going to be one of my regular spots in town. Food is great, atmosphere is awesome, live music on the weekends, not a smoky bar and kid friendly…I will be hitting this up during summer time with the family and friends.
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