Longtime Rendezvous chef dies after 52 years with the restaurant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis’ iconic barbecue restaurant Rendezvous announced the death of Big Bobby Ellis, a longtime employee of the restaurant.

Ellis was a Kitchen Manager and Rendezvous employee for 52 years, according to a release from the restaurant.

From the release:

Bobby embodied the Rendezvous spirit - loud, friendly, kind, stubborn, loyal, tenacious and larger than life. Our friend and co-worker will be terribly missed. Please keep Lois and his whole family in your thoughts. Next time you are down, give the pit and all of us a smile (would’ve said hug if it weren’t for covid). We’ll need it.