The restaurants of the Spell Restaurant Group are as varied and interesting as the father/daughter team who created them.
Rick Spell and Christy Spell Terry have established fun with both casual and fine dining at six locations on Highway 30A, Panama City Beach, and one in Memphis, Tennessee where it all started.
Utilizing their business backgrounds, Rick as a managing director at Raymond James and Christy as a corporate accountant with Shelby Group International, they have a unique perspective on how to successfully run some of the most popular restaurants along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Rick and Christy first partnered together in 2004, purchasing Brookhaven Pub & Grill in Memphis.
Over the past 15 years, they have turned Brookhaven into one of the premier sports bars and live music venues in Memphis, having just completed a renovation expanding and beautifying the already popular patio. The success of Brookhaven led this father/daughter team to expand Spell Restaurant Group after Christy decided to leave her "day job" in 2011 to dive full time into the restaurant business. In 2015, the pair purchased George's at Alys Beach and La Cocina in Seacrest Beach, followed by Saltwater Grill in Panama City Beach and La Crema Tapas & Chocolate in Rosemary Beach in 2016. In 2017 SRG developed its first new concept, opening local breakfast favorite Grits & Grind in Seacrest Beach. Finally (for now) in 2017, Rick and Christy purchased Edwards Fine Food & Wine in Rosemary Beach.
Both Rick and Christy received degrees in Accounting from The University of Memphis (formerly call Memphis State University when Rick graduated) and have been heavily involved in numerous Memphis activities. Rick was named Honorary City Councilman in recognition of his “Outstanding Contribution to the City of Memphis.” He is currently a member of the University of Memphis Board of Visitors, former president of the fundraising board for the University of Memphis Athletic Department, and is a lifetime Ambassador Club member representing the highest level of financial contributions to the athletic department.
Christy may now be firmly planted on the Emerald Coast with husband Drew and their four pups, but their ties to Memphis and love for the University of Memphis take them back numerous times each fall for Tiger football games. Christy is a longtime member of the Highland Hundred football booster group, as well as a Lifetime Alumni member. Both Drew and Christy are active in Memphis in May and compete annually in the World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest. Since her move to Florida in 2016, Christy has become the face of the Spell restaurants and oversees the daily administration and operations of all seven restaurants and its nearly three hundred employees.
The continued success and growth of Spell Restaurant Group wouldn’t be possible without the support of their families. Rick has been married to his wife Sandy for over 40 years, and in April 2018 Christy married Drew Terry, who actively assists with the restaurants, at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach. Rick and Sandy regularly visit the Florida restaurants having a second home in Alys Beach. When Christy and Drew find some
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