15 episodes

It’s no secret that running a restaurant is a tough gig. But the success stories seem to all have one thing in common – an owner that’s willing to pour everything they have into business.
The Restaurant Grind is a podcast that features these grit 'n grind restauranteurs. Join JD & Matt each week to be inspired by these awesome industry stories, from humble beginnings to a bustling back-of-house.

The Restaurant Grind Matt Patrick

    • Business
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It’s no secret that running a restaurant is a tough gig. But the success stories seem to all have one thing in common – an owner that’s willing to pour everything they have into business.
The Restaurant Grind is a podcast that features these grit 'n grind restauranteurs. Join JD & Matt each week to be inspired by these awesome industry stories, from humble beginnings to a bustling back-of-house.

    Tray Gamble and Jim Hicks of Mugshots Grill & Bar

    Tray Gamble and Jim Hicks of Mugshots Grill & Bar

    We’ve got double the trouble this week with Trey Gamble and Jim Hicks, the owners of six Mugshots Grill & Bar restaurants spanning the Mississippi, Arkansas, and now Tennessee markets. These guys never knew a college job would turn into a career path, but years later, they continue to thrive by building family-like culture among their staff and serving up some of the best burgers in town. Tune in to hear their story!

    • 16 min
    Max Lawhon of Max's Sport Bar in Memphis

    Max Lawhon of Max's Sport Bar in Memphis

    It's a story of good timing, hard work, and a little bit of luck! Tune in today to hear Max Lawhon share how he started the sports bar at age 23 and what sets the neighborhood bar apart today.

    • 16 min
    Happy Holidays! (plus hear JD's Restaurant Grind story!)

    Happy Holidays! (plus hear JD's Restaurant Grind story!)

    This is our last episode before a short break for the holidays and it's short & sweet! Tune in to hear JD share about his background in the restaurant industry and make sure to SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss our new season of episodes in 2024.

    • 3 min
    Mason Jambon of Railgarten, Loflin Yard, and Bounty on Broad

    Mason Jambon of Railgarten, Loflin Yard, and Bounty on Broad

    He’s a New Orlean’s native that’s had an impressive career in the music and hospitality sectors. Tune in to hear how Mason Jambon got his start at the famous Commander’s Palace and eventually made his way to Memphis on this episode of The Restaurant Grind!

    • 23 min
    Ernie Mellor of Hog Wild BBQ

    Ernie Mellor of Hog Wild BBQ

    As the longest-standing Memphis in May BBQ competitor, Ernie Mellow has nothing to prove. Owner and pitmaster of Hog Wild BBQ, Ernie has earned countless accolades for his food and stood in as an advocate for other Memphis restaurateurs through his work with the Memphis Restaurant Association. Tune in to hear all sorts of Memphis stories, especially the origin story of Memphis’ famous barbecue nachos!

    • 22 min
    Shawn Danko of Kooky Canuck

    Shawn Danko of Kooky Canuck

    A Canada-native, Shawn Danko moved to Memphis with just a suitcase and a job with Hard Rock Cafe. Over 20 years later, he owns and operates two Kooky Canuck restaurants that have become icons far beyond the Mid-South. Tune in to hear his story and what he's working on now!

    • 26 min

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