Memphis Restaurant Association honors three of its biggest names


The Memphis Restaurant Association will recognize three honorees from the Memphis restaurant community at its 55th annual banquet.

This years’ nominees will be awarded for their impact on the Memphis restaurant scene under the categories: Restaurateur of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Associate Member of the Year.

Patrick Reilly, owner at The Majestic Grille, Andreas Kisler, executive chef at The Peabody Hotel, Shawn Massey, partner at The Shopping Center Group (TSCG), are 2019’s award winners, respectively.

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Reilly has spent over 30 years in the industry after training at the Dublin School of Catering and Hotel Management and an apprenticeship at the Guinness Headquarters.

Reilly has also worked at restaurants in London, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida and opened The Majestic Grille with wife, Deni, in 2006.

Reilly is the past president of The Memphis Restaurant Association and has sat on the boards of Memphis Tourism, The Blues Foundation, and TN Hospitality and Tourism Association.

Kisler’s career began his career in Vienna and then travelled to Paris, New York, California and then to Memphis in 2000.

The company said that throughout his 20 years at The Peabody Hotel, he has brought both passion and creativity to the menu.

Kisler received a five-star diamond from the Academy of Hospitality Sciences, is a member of the James Beard Foundation and the American Institute of Wine and Food.

Massey joined the Memphis Office of TSCG in 2003 and became a partner in 2008 to focus on shopping center leasing and tenant representation.

He has 33 years’ experience in the commercial real estate industry and led the leasing effort on a variety of retail projects including Crosstown Concourse, The Lake District and Binghampton Gateway.

He has served on various boards in Memphis including Habitat for Humanity, the Binghampton Development Corporation Retail Committee and Youth Visions.

Massey is co‐founder and past chairman of the bard for the Memphis Business Academy Charter Schools and is also the 2019 MAAR commercial council president.

Ernie Mellor, president at MRA, said: “Not only do we get to celebrate three exceptional individual’s dedication to and impact on the Memphis restaurant community, but we will also be honoring the historical influence that The Peabody Hotel has had on our culinary landscape over the past 150 years.”

The Memphis Restaurant Association is a support organization dedicated to the success of the regional restaurant industry and community.

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