Melissa Cookston to Open Memphis BBQ Co. at The Lake District Summer 2020

March 14, 2019

MEMPHIS, TENN., March 14, 2019 –Melissa Cookston announced today the expansion of her popular restaurant Memphis BBQ Co. with the opening of Memphis BBQ Co. at The Lake District in Lakeland Tennessee. The 5,500 square foot restaurant is slated to open in the summer of 2020. Memphis BBQ Co. has two other locations, one in Dunwoody Georgia and the flagship property in Horn Lake, Mississippi, just south of Memphis. More information about Memphis BBQ Co. can be found on the website

“We are excited to have the opportunity to open a new location at The Lake District in Lakeland, TN and are looking forward to bringing our world championship BBQ and more to the greater Memphis area which will be our first expansion into Tennessee” said Melissa Cookston, owner and operator of Memphis BBQ Co., BBQ Hall of Fame inductee, seven-time world BBQ champion, and the winningest woman in BBQ.

Memphis BBQ Co. features World Championship Baby Back Ribs, spare ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked chicken, burgers and sandwiches including the famous Donut Bacon Burger. Other entrees include Orange-Chipotle Glazed Salmon, BBQ spaghetti, Voodoo Pasta, and BBQ Meatloaf. A favorite Memphis BBQ Co. appetizer is the famous as seen on “Diner’s Drive-ins, and Dives,” Cheese Fritters. Other starters and sides include fried green tomatoes, rib basket, BBQ shrimp, Smokin’ Wings, BBQ nachos, Smokehouse Salad, BBQ Baker baked potato.

Cookston continued, “Expanding into Tennessee has been a goal of ours for some time, but we wanted to make sure our first impression was big, bold, and memorable. When we learned about The Lake District, we knew this was it, the vision aligns with our commitment to serving the best BBQ you’ve ever had.”

The Lake District, set for phase one to open in 2020, is a 160-acre mixed-use development including retail, restaurants, and two hotels. The district will offer curated retail stores, coffee shops, community events, and dining all overlooking a beautiful 10-acre lake. Luxury living with a walkable community of upscale apartments and a single-home neighborhood will also be available.

“We’re very pleased that Memphis BBQ Co. has chosen The Lake District for their next location. I believe the restaurant will be a great addition to the district,” said Yehuda Netanel, President of Gilad Development and developer of The Lake District.



Memphis BBQ Co. Rib plate


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About Melissa Cookston:

Melissa Cookston was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta and is a trailblazing female food entrepreneur smoking the competition.

Cookston is a seven-time world barbecue champion; owner of restaurants Steak by Melissa, a successful steak house in Southaven, Mississippi and Memphis BBQ Company, a successful barbecue restaurant with locations in Horn Lake, Mississippi and Dunwoody, Georgia; an author of two cookbooks, “Smokin in the Boy’s Room” and “Smokin’ Hot in the South;” and a celebrated southern Delta chef. Recognized nationally from many appearances on national news and talks shows as well as cooking shows and the Food Network, Cookston served as a judge on season four of Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters,” and was named one of America’s most influential BBQ Pitmasters and personalities by Fox News in 2015. For more info

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