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Pat and Gina Neely

Food Network celebrities Patrick (Pat) and Gina Neely are successful examples of hard work, a great opportunity and strong business savvy.

As co-owners of Neely’s Bar-B-Que, Pat and Gina, along with Pat’s brother Tony Neely, have turned their family barbecue restaurants in Tennessee into some of the most successful in the South. Now, partnering with Merchants Hospitality, Inc., Pat and Gina have brought their authentic barbecue to New York City with Neely’s Barbecue Parlor.

National television stars were immediately born when the Food Network launched the Neelys’ own series Down Home with the Neelys. The show premiered as the highest-rated show in the history of Food Network’s “in the Kitchen” weekend block.  Now on seven times a week with an estimated 5 million people watching weekly, the Neelys are clearly following the path to superstardom that made Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen and Rachael Ray famous. Food Network has featured the Neelys on primetime shows, including Chefography, Road Tasted with the Neelys, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Next Food Network Star, Dear Food Network and others.

In May 2009, the Neelys released their first cookbook, Down Home with the Neelys (Knopf, 2009), which quickly earned a place on the New York Times best-seller list. Their second book, The Neelys Celebration Cookbook: Down Home Meals for Every Occasion (Knopf), is due out in November 2011.

High school sweethearts in the 80s, Pat and Gina reunited at their 10-year high school reunion and were married in 1994. For years the two have learned to balance their roles in the family as well as in business. They reside in Memphis with their two daughters, Spenser and Shelbi.

For more information on the Neelys, check out their website: http://www.ginaandpat.com/

Merchants Hospitality

Abraham Merchant, Richard Cohn and Andy Emmet, principals of Merchants Hospitality, are multi-unit and multi-concept restaurant operators.  Primarily focused in NYC, their properties include Art Bar, Cigar Bar @ Merchants NY, Merchants NY, Merchants Market, Merchants NY Café, Merchants River House, Oaxaca Mexican Grill, Pound & Pence Pub & Restaurant, Quality Burger and SouthWest NY.

In partnership with Food Network celebrities Pat and Gina Neely, Merchants Hospitality is pleased and excited to bring authentic barbecue to New York City with Neely’s Barbecue Parlor.

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor embraces the talents of the Neely’s, featuring authentic barbecue, as well as their highly regarded Southern Style comfort food.  Diners enter a restaurant drenched with ‘down home’ sensibility, as rooms flow from one to the next with hand selected vintage furniture and accessories.  Each piece tells a story.  Exuding the charm of a southern home, the individual character of each room lays the perfect backdrop for private parties of all sizes and for any occasion.  From the bright Sitting Room to the lush Living Room, diners will find the perfect spot to immerse themselves into the Neely’s experience of amazing food and fantastic service time after time.

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor seats 220 guests (including the 40 seat outdoor café). Delivery and catering are available to an extended radius. In addition to the restaurant, we offer Neely’s branded memorabilia and accessories such as T-Shirts, caps, cookbooks, and sauces.