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Video: Barbecue and bouncing back with Cozy Corner

In this installment of the "Still Serving" video series, the team at Cozy Corner Restaurant share their pandemic story.

"When you've been through as much as we've been through, you don't just give up," said owner Bobby Bradley. 

Bradley's grandfather co-founded Cozy Corner in 1977. The restaurant's dry rub seasoning was a hit in Memphis, the barbecue capitol of the world. Today, they're best known for their ribs and smoked Cornish hens.

Bradley said the restaurant has had close calls with closure over the years, but it has always bounced back. 

"I guess when the pandemic came, it was like, 'Ok, well here's the next challenge,'" he said. 

Bradley said their ability to keep serving during the pandemic is due in part to their dedicated staff and in part to their loyal customers. 

"To them, I say thank you," he said. 

The "Still Serving" video series is spotlighting the stories of locally-owned restaurants and asking how they're faring through nearly a year of heavy restrictions on area eateries.

"Still Serving" is produced by Forever Ready Productions in partnership with High Ground News with financial support from Epicenter Memphis. 

Now, more than ever, local businesses need their city's support. We hope this video makes you hungry and you head straight to Cozy Corner Restaurant.
Still got a craving you can't satisfy? Check out another installments of "Still Serving" here:

"Video: Take a pandemic-safe trip to Venezuela with Sabor Caribe"
"Video: Paletas in the pandemic with La Michoacana"
"Video: Making healthy delicious with Inspire Community Cafe"
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Cole Bradley is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis. Cole's worked locally as a researcher and community engagement strategist and began contributing to High Ground in Jan 2017.