RIP Charlie Vergos



Charlie Vergos, founder of the Rendezvous, passed away this morning. He was 84.

In a 2006 story about the Memphis Restaurant Association, then-MRA president and Grove Grill owner Jeff Dunham gave an example of Vergos' strong influence on the city's restaurateurs.

"Like many members, when I first joined the MRA I didn't go to the meetings and I wasn't very involved until Thomas Boggs stopped by one day and gave me the speech," Dunham recalls.

"The speech" is something that Boggs himself had to listen to, when "Big Charlie Vergos" ordered him to the Rendezvous and "wore him out."

Vergos, a firm believer in giving back to the community, had a laundry list of complaints about the "young generation of restaurateurs," which counted Boggs. He made his point with Boggs, and Boggs made the same point with Dunham. And now Dunham is making that same point with the next generation of Memphis restaurateurs.

Visitation will be held at Memorial Park Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Annunication Greek Orthodox Church Tuesday at 11 a.m.

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