“A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz.”
“So much for the Ritz.; obviously Mr. Bogart never had the pleasure of dining at Memphis’ own legendary steak house. Founded by the late, great Humphrey Folk and nurtured in recent times by the late, great Thomas Boggs, Folk’s Folly has been delighting steak lovers from around the world for over thirty years now…”
—Thomas Cassidy, Jr.,
Memphis Wine and Food Society
Born in Wynne, Arkansas, Mr. Boggs moved to Memphis at the age of 7. He began working at the age of 14 for Davis Rexall, and credits Mr. Davis for teaching him the basics of service and the true start in the hospitality industry. At this time, Boggs was also a budding musician, playing with bands such as Tommy Burk and the Counts, Flash and the Board of Directors, which opened for Paul Revere and the Raiders, he also played for the Box Tops.
Later, married with children, he went back to school to finish his degree in history. He waited tables at T.G.I. Friday’s while in school and went on to work in the corporate offices of Friday’s in Dallas, traveling to open their new outlets. After leaving Friday’s, he moved back to Memphis and started working at Huey’s as a bartender, then moved into management. Two years later he became a partner. Huey’s was a bar then, but because of Boggs’ corporate experience with Friday’s, he saw the trend coming and began building the menu, transitioning Huey’s from a bar to a restaurant. Huey’s now operates seven locations.
Mr. Boggs has served as Past president Memphis Restaurant Association, Past president Memphis Zoological Society, Past president Advisory Board The Food Bank, Past chairman Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Past President Memphis In May 2002.
Mr. Boggs became managing partner in 2003, bringing his unique spirit of generosity, devotion to perfection, and shrewd business acumen until his untimely passing in 2008. Having been groomed all of her life, daughter Lauren Boggs McHugh assumed the role of daily operations as our new managing partner and CEO.