About the Chef
It’s a familiar story around these parts: a love affair with food, born in Grandma’s kitchen. But Felicia Suzanne Willett knew early on that her Sunday afternoons spent frying chicken, baking pies, and learning her way around her grandmother’s kitchen would lead to something more. Felicia made her first foray into culinary enterprise at age 12, when her homemade cheesecakes became famous in her hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas. After a few years spent experimenting with flavors and creating recipes, Felicia’s curiosity took her to Charleston, South Carolina for formal training at Johnson and Wales University. Her next stop was New Orleans, where she spent eight years as renowned celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s assistant. After co-authoring cookbooks, producing Good Morning America segments, and gaining invaluable experience for eight years, she was ready to complete the journey she began as a little girl in Arkansas.
Nearly 15 years since her namesake restaurant opened its doors, Felicia is still finding new ways to branch out. Her line of pickles and preserves, Flo’s Homemade Goodness, is available online and in retail stores across the Mid-South. In 2015, the Memphis Business Journal named her “Executive of the Year.” She hosts a cooking series on The Southern Weekend. And she’s not done yet.
About the Restaurant
Standing at the corner of Main and Monroe in Downtown Memphis, Brinkley Plaza is filled with Memphis history. Built in 1924, this historic site has been home to iconic Memphis institutions, the Peabody Hotel and Lowenstein’s department store. Since 2002, it’s been home to Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant and her distinctlySouthern mélange of class and sass. Inspirations from all over the South pepper the menu. You’ll find down-home staples inspired by Felicia’s childhood, fresh Gulf Coast seafood, creole favorites and Charleston low-country traditions. Felicia believes strongly in the farm to fork concept thus fresh, seasonal ingredients from regional farmers are showcased in every dish. That is why most Saturdays you’ll find Felicia shopping at the Memphis Farmer’s Market. If you see her, say hello and ask her for a sample of her famous pepper jelly.
Giving back is important to Felicia, and she is especially passionate about advocating for children in need. Since 2004, she has worked with Make-a-Wish to help fulfill its mission of granting wishes to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Not only has Felicia personally sponsored wish children, she hosts an annual benefit, Dishes for Wishes, at the restaurant. Dishes for Wishes showcases and celebrates Downtown Memphis’ finest chefs, featuring a one-of-a-kind live auction and a special cupcake factory run by wish kids. 100% of proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South.
80 Monroe Ave L1, Memphis TN 38103
Our Mailing address is 80 Monroe because we are located in Brinkley Plaza & share space with various offices. However, our front door is located on Main Street between Monroe & Madison Avenue. Keep a lookout for the red door overlooking the iconic trolley line & next to our courtyard.
Parking is available in the Brinkley Parking Garage on Front St, between Madison & Monroe Avenue. The rate is $6 after 4 p.m. Please do not park in reserved parking.
80 Monroe Avenue, Suite L-1
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 523-0877
Fax: (901) 523-0874