Memphis barbecue company Phil’s BBQ is to be revived as a business.
The iconic company has been in the news in recent months due to a series of high-profile police shootings, including one in which Phil was shot dead in 2016.
The company has faced criticism for not being more transparent about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Phil and two other officers in recent years.
“Phil’s Barbeque is a family business that prides itself in offering exceptional barbecue in a professional, professional environment,” said Brian Mottola, president and CEO of Phil’s.
“The team at Phil’s has been a force to be reckoned with in Memphis for over 50 years.
We’re proud to be a part of that legacy.”
Memphis Barbecue is expected to reopen in 2018.
It is the third barbecue restaurant in the US to close, following the closure of Barbecue Nation in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Smokehouse BBQ in Nashville.
Smokehouse has been forced to shut down after police fatally shot an employee in 2017.
Phil’s BBQ’s website currently does not have any information about its closure, and the company did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Memphis Barbecue was founded in 1950 by Phil and his brother James.
The business grew rapidly and was acquired by the Mottolas in 2003.
It was also purchased by Phil’s brother, Tony, in 2018, and then by Phil in 2020.
Since Phil’s death, other Memphis barbecue restaurants have closed in Memphis, Tennessee.
In January 2017, Smokehouse was purchased by American BBQ, a chain that has also shuttered.
In July 2017, Phil and other members of the Phil and James Mottolias’ family purchased Memphis BBQ from Tony and his wife, Karen.
The Mottols said in a statement that they are happy to continue to operate the business as it is today.