FedExForum and Grizzlies announce new restaurant and lounge
Award-winning Executive Chef Kelly English to partner with veteran nightclub entrepreneur on Unique Concept
MEMPHIS, November 11, 2013– Visitors to events at FedExForum will have a new restaurant and lounge to enjoy on Wednesday, Nov. 13 when FLY LOUNGE opens in conjunction with the Grizzlies matchup vs. the Toronto Raptors. FLY LOUNGE, located in the Grand Lobby on the Plaza Level of FedExForum, brings together the talents of award-winning chef Kelly English and the expertise of veteran club entrepreneur Steve Adelman in a unique concept that combines the best in nightlife and dining.
The sophisticated and contemporary lounge will offer a fresh, health-inspired menu by English, as well as signature cocktails by Memphis’ master “natural mixologist” Michael Hughes. Designed by New Orleans architect Jonathan Tate, the 1500-square-foot lounge will accommodate 150 guests and offer sleek banquet seating, a freestanding center bar area, VIP accommodations, top-of-the-line service and live music from nightly guest DJs. Unique to the concept is that it will remain open after select events have ended.
Opening night will feature pre-game dining for invited guests from 5-7 p.m., followed by a post-game party from 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. hosted by Grizzlies players Mike Miller, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
Designed to maximize both the dining and social experience, FLY LOUNGE will offer a “sit back, relax and enjoy” atmosphere for fans attending Grizzlies and University of Memphis basketball games, as well as other FedExForum concerts and events. A ticket for the evening’s event is required for entry.
“We want guests at FedExForum to begin and end their nights with a memorable experience in food, entertainment and nightlife,” said Memphis Grizzlies & FedExForum COO Jason Wexler. “FLY LOUNGE will encompass that goal with their upscale, sophisticated concept and inclusion of dynamic food and entertainment partners.”
In addition to this new venture, English will serve as the head chef of Lexus Lounge in FedExForum, while also serving his signature po’boys in the Crossroads concession stand at Section 104 on the Plaza Level and in the Bandstand concession stand at Section 209 on the Terrace Level in the arena.
English, a 2009 Food & Wine magazine “Best New Chef,” has made his mark on Memphis with his premier French-Creole restaurant, Restaurant Iris, in the historic Overton Square of midtown Memphis. Later this fall, English will open his second Memphis restaurant, The Second Line, next door to Restaurant Iris on the corner of Cooper and Monroe streets. English has been featured in the popular cooking magazines Food & Wine, Everyday with Rachel Ray and Bon Appetit, the cookbook Wild Abundance, and has cooked alongside Wolfgang Puck at the American Wine and Food Festival.
“I like to call Memphis my ‘adopted hometown,” said English. “I love this city and the passion that we have for everything we do – including our entertainment. It is an honor to partner with Steve [Adelman] and FedExForum on FLY LOUNGE, and I can’t wait to cheer on my Grizzlies from inside!”
Adelman first gained national acclaim in 1992 as “New York’s King of NIghtlife” directing the famed Palladium, Tunnel, and Roxy clubs. In 1997, he founded Avalon in Boston, which later expanded to Los Angeles. Adelman currently owns and operates numerous venues worldwide, including the $65 million Avalon at Marina Bay Sands Casino in Singapore.
“I’ve always loved the Memphis culture, having had close ties here for over 15 years,” says Adelman. “When the opportunity came to do something that involved the Grizzlies, Kelly and other great people I have met here, I couldn’t pass up the offer to bring something new and exciting to both Memphis and FedExForum.”