Nashville's hip-hop-inspired Slim & Husky's pizza appears headed for Memphis

By Updated: May 20, 2019 2:05 PM CT | Published: May 20, 2019 12:52 PM CT

A hip-hop-inspired, gourmet-pizza restaurant out of Nashville appears to be headed to the Edge District in Memphis.

A building permit application was filed Friday to renovate the long-vacant, 94-year-old building at 634 Union for Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria.

About $823,000 will be spent renovating the two-story building, the document shows.

Slim & Husky’s has been something of a Nashville phenomenon since three longtime friends and grads of Tennessee State opened the first restaurant on Buchanan Street in Nashville a few years ago.

Efforts to reach the company for a comment were unsuccessful Monday morning, but several news stories in recent months have reported Slim & Husky’s expansion plans included Memphis. A Slim & Husky’s opened in Atlanta this month.

The partners – Derrick Moore, Clinton Gray and Emanuel Reed – are from Nashville and described their pizza for the Tennessee Tribune as “Nashville style’’ in part because of their painstaking experiments in developing the taste in a garage four years ago.

The business embraces a social component, too, with mission to provide and build pride in under-served neighborhoods.

The ultimate mission is “revitalizing neglected communities with opportunity and good food,” states the website,

The Memphis site is one of eight new locations planned for Slim & Huskies, the Nashville Business Journal reported in March.

The menu makes whimsical references to hip-hop. For example, the five-meat pizza with cheese and red sauce is named Cee No Green, playing off the name of singer, songwriter and rap artist CeeLo Green.


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Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey covers business news for The Daily Memphian. A Tupelo, Mississippi, native, he graduated from Mississippi State University. He's worked in journalism for 40 years and has lived in Midtown for 36 years.

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