Wednesday night saw the opening of Justin Timberlake’s Southern eatery in NYC. The joint, named Southern Hospitality, will be serving up barbecue specialties in the style of Memphis cuisine. Justin, whose roots in Memphis, Tennessee inspired him to open up the restaurant with his two buddies, Trace Ayala and Eytan Sugarman, also took a few pages from his family’s recipe books, most specifically his grandmother.
“We had to negotiate on which ones she was willing to give up,” said Timberlake, whose grandmother and grandfather both visited the restaurant Wednesday.
As for his favorite meal on the menu, Timberlake said he likes “fried green tomatoes and the pulled pork.”
Also on the menu are crab and corn fritters, home-made biscuits and spare ribs, all of which sound ridiculously good to me at the moment. Justin’s famous friends showed up to celebrate the restaurant’s opening, including Lance Bass, Seth Green, Jay-Z, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. God, as I’m reading through this, I’m realizing that I’ll probably eat anything that has “fritter” tacked on to the end of it. Seriously, if someone served me a “baby fritter” I’d probably hesitate slightly before asking for some ranch dressing.
More photos of Justin Timberlake from the Grand Opening of his new restaurant and bar Southern Hospitality are after the jump.