Don Pelts, founder of Corky's, dies in Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A relative says that Don Pelts, founder of Memphis-based barbecue restaurant Corky's Ribs and Bar-B-Q, has died.

Pelts' son, Barry Pelts, said his father died suddenly Wednesday night of a heart attack at age 72.

Pelts opened the first Corky's in Memphis in 1984, serving ribs and pulled pork cooked over hickory wood and charcoal. According to the company's website, Corky's catering business started within a year of the first restaurant's opening.

The company later expanded, with restaurants opening in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and other cities in Tennessee. It also began to ship food to individual customers around the country, and to supermarket chains.

Corky's food and service has received acclaim in several national publications. National Geographic named Corky's as the best barbecue restaurant in the country earlier this year.


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