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Our Story

Our Story

In 1948, Charlie Vergos cleaned out a basement below his diner, discovered a coal chute, and started a legend.

The coal chute gave him a vent for his considerable talent over a grill, and allowed him to expand from ham-and-cheese sandwiches to ribs.Today, several thousand people on an average Saturday night pour into our basement and sink their teeth into a slab of what makes Memphis, well, Memphis. 

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Our People

Today Mr. Charlie’s kids – John, Nick and Tina – and a robust staff of managers, cooks and waiters, run the Rendezvous. We don’t have a lot of turnover here. In fact, most of our waiters and cooks stick around not for months or years, but for decades.  Get to know some of the Rendezvous folks so you can introduce them to your great grandkids.

Robert Junior

Not to be confused with his dad Robert, Sr. Justin Timberlake's main man. Even though he's young, he's still been here 35 years.


The “man” – been here since 1970. He’s the guy that runs the kitchen (so please contact him if you have any complaints) – actually, he really runs everything.

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The Rendezvous welcomes parties from 8 to 250 people. The Rendezvous can offer its one-of-a-kind menu, charm and ambience to fulfill your special-event needs. Our museum-like collection of antiques and memorabilia set the perfect stage for your luncheon, party, banquet, or rehearsal dinner.