|Jack Dyson, server at the Rendezvous in Memphis, TN, for 45 years.|
Photograph by Rien Fertel
"I’m watching the children’s children come in...I’m waiting on my third generation, so I know mostly everyone, you know, that’s been coming here for years."
-Jack "Big Jack" Dyson, 2008
Cooks aren’t the only restaurant employees that can make a meal memorable. Take Jack Dyson. Big Jack, as he's known to most, has been serving families, tourists, and celebrities at Memphis’ famous Rendezvous for more than four decades. Dyson fondly remembers when Rendezvous waiters wore Nehru jackets, when founder Charlie “Big Daddy” Vergos patrolled the restaurant, and when The Rolling Stones took their first bite of Memphis ribs.
Go here to see the video of Congresman Cohen's tribute.
Go here to read our oral history with Big Jack Dyson (scroll down the Rendezvous page).