Robert Jr.

Not to be confused with his dad Robert, Sr. Justin Timberlake’s main man. Even though he’s young he’s still been here since 1981.

Calvin

“Pooh” took over Jack’s room; also known as Shaq – notice the resemblance. Loves the Cowboys and Michael Irvin. Voted one of the best waiters in Memphis by local newspaper reader’s poll three years in a row.

Bobby

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.

Geno

Been here since 1971. Known as The Fixer – there’s no machine he can’t fix. Can also serve a mean order of ribs on occasion.

Nick

(1952 – 2019)
Loved carrying on his father’s traditions. The best cook in the family – has appeared at the James Beard House twice. We’ll all miss him.

Anthony

Head Pitmaster over at the Shipping Kitchen. Has had perfect attendance ever since he started here in 2011.

Kelly

She keeps the Shipping Kitchen in line. She knows what is coming in and out of that place down to a penny.

Robert Smith

One of three people who can multitask between restaurant and shipping.

Robert Cox

Busser, Cook, Dishwasher, Prep, Warehouse, Waiter, Manager, etc . . . you get the picture.

Henry

Henry has been cooking these ribs now since 1989. Mr. Charlie taught him how. Lives in Mississippi and fishes every day. Makes us question when he says he’s sick and can’t make it in.

Darren “Skinny”

One of the loudest, most animated servers. Always laughing.

Dan

Another University of Memphis college grad. Dan started working here in 2002 during college and stayed. He is a nice guy – especially for an Alabama fan. One of the most requested servers here.

Brian

Here since 2001. One of the hardest working people at The Rendezvous.

Big Reggie

Loudest cook in the kitchen (other than Bobby, of course). Here since 2002.

Torrian

The youngest of the head cooking four.

Luis

He cooks ribs, chicken, lamb ribs and virtually everything else.

Omar

The man behind all of your sausage and cheese plates.

David

Started in College. He and his Dad are close family friends. Just like family.

Demetrius

Started out bussing tables in 1999 – now serving in Robert, Jrs. old room. D is fast, efficient and quiet. Not sure how he does it.

Terry

Comes from a long line of Walker family employees – can bring a burnt pot back to life.

Darren H.

Mini-Me. Serves large parties and takes care of inventory.

Demego

One of the only servers who can handle a party of 50 alone.

Lenzell

Downstairs Bartender. Outranks Skinny for being the loudest server.

Chelton

The Rendezvous’ own Mr. Clean.

Dean C.

Our first cousin, the other family member. Dean can be seen on the floor most nights. He can fix anything, and has been around on and off for over 35 years.

Big Dean

Character as big as his stature. (He gave us that description.)

Pat

University of Memphis grad. Been here since 1988. Mainly at the Shipping Kitchen, but can do everything. Travels the globe “spreading Rendezvous magic.”

Joanna “Blue Eyes”

Our first female server. “Blue Eyes” is probably too nice to work here, but a real pro with plenty of experience. She is unique in that she’s never had a complaint!

Mario

The server whose military background keeps the bussers in check.

Ramon

Among other things, Ramon hand cuts the perfect sticks of cheese for each and every cheese plate the old-fashioned way – with a guitar string.

Ms. Barbara

Like the complementary red beans and rice? Greek salads? Ms. Barbara is the reason.

John

The restaurant started the year he was born. The oldest son and the politician/lawyer of the family. Reads every Yelp, Google and Trip Advisor review.

Elliot

Been here since 1989, cuts almost every order of ribs.

Darwin

Twin #1. New to the restaurant. Still can’t tell he and his brother apart.

Darrius

Twin #2. New to the restaurant. Still can’t tell he and his brother apart.

Jamie

Main reason Rendezvous receives Health Department scores of 99 or more.

Ms. Betty

She’s everywhere. Everybody in Memphis knows her.

Tony

Newest addition, needed no training with his years of experience in Memphis restaurants.

Johnny

Rides his bike 10 miles to and from work everyday.

Lee Walker

Second generation of Walkers to grace the Rendezvous – first one to cook and serve.

Lorne Greene

Not to be confused with actor Lorne Greene – been here since 2005.

Anna

Third generation. The other lawyer in the family. Resident vegetarian. Only person we catch fussin’ at John.

Katherine

Third generation. Artist. Need a size in particular t-shirt? Digital artwork? She’s your lady.

Cheron

If you need to book a party, ask for Cheron. She’s been booking all of our events since 1998.

Tina

The youngest of Mr. Charlie’s children. Keeps track of all of the books and records. She can also lay down the law with the rest of them.

Fred

Also known as “Hollyrock”, but we don’t know what that means. Been here since 1986. He can serve a party of 35-40 by himself – no problem.

The Rendezvous has become such a prominent part of Memphis that the City of Memphis aptly named the alley Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous Alley.

Restaurant Hours

Tues to Thurs: 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Fri : 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sat : 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Address

52 S. Second Street
Memphis, TN 38103