Corky’s Founder, Don Pelts, Has Died

Don pelts

(Memphis) Corky’s Founder, Don Pelts, has passed away.

News Channel 3 received news of his passing this morning.

We have few details about what happened to the popular restaurant’s founder.

From the Corky’s website:

“Beginning in the early 1970’s, Don Pelts began to visualize a Memphis-style BBQ “joint” that made great premium BBQ in a fun 50’s environment. After spending over a decade operating an existing Memphis BBQ restaurant (1970-1983 ), he finally set out to realize his dream.

In 1984 Don found the perfect location and was ready to bring Corky’s to reality. All he could think of was a small cozy place with old barn wood walls, lots of neon, polished brass, interior aged brick, ceiling fans, servers in bow ties and white shirts, and of course piping in all the great music hits of the 50’s and 60’s. The rest is Memphis history!”

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