New Restaurant Coming To Overton Square: BOGARD
First, it was Paulette’s (a French/Hungarian restaurant that’s now on Mud Island). Then, it was Schweinehaus, with German food and big steins. Then, it was Stanley BBQ.
Later this year, the spacious white building in Overton Square will be something entirely new: an upscale “Southern-inspired” restaurant founded by Edward Bogard and co-owned by Lionel Hollins and Preston Butts. Yes, that Lionel Hollins. (!!)
BOGARD stands for “Buying One Give Another Rare Dish”, which refers to the restaurant’s unique approach to giving back.
In the press release from Overton Square, it’s reported that BOGARD will provide a meal to a Mid-Southerner in need for every meal purchased (via a partnership with the Mid-South Food Bank).
The Memphis Business Journal’s article gets more specific – two percent of food sales will be donated to the MSFB and two percent of cocktail sales will be donated to clean water charities. Two different ways of looking at this new philanthropic restaurant’s plans for donations.
BOGARD will be the third African-American owned business in the Square. Check out the MBJ article for interviews with the founders.
You may know Mr. Bogard from his work founding the absolutely creative SoGiv non-profit. If you don’t know about SoGiv, it’s a shoe design org that donates all of its proceeds to non-profits. Check it out here.
According to Loeb’s press release this morning, Edward Bogard has hired two experienced restaurant biz whizzes Ed Cabagio (Zaka Bowl, SOB) and Ben McLean (Belly Acres) to manage BOGARD.
Construction is scheduled to begin next month.