Frederick Plummer “Mr. P” and his family ran a small grocery store together in the late 80s and early 90s. In the back of the store, they sold hot plates ranging from chili cheese smoked sausage to barbeque shoulder.
“Mr. P” came up with a recipe for Buffalo wings. Before they knew it, the wings had become the most requested item on the menu. April Crowder, Plummer’s daughter and one owner of the family franchise, remembers their customers kept saying they should open a restaurant and sell the wings.
And that’s how Mr. P’s was born. The first Mr. P’s was located on 7267 Winchester Road near old Germantown Road.
April said that her father is still the big man in charge, but she and her husband, Alex Crowder, are blessed to own our piece of the pie.
“Now that we have opened near the University of Memphis we are excited about getting to feed the students, as well as all of our new neighbors,” April said.
“I like working here because we are like a family,” said Antonius Beard, the cook at the Highland store.
April believes that Mr. P’s atmosphere sets her business apart from their competition. For their regulars, Mr. P’s is like being at home with the added bonus of being waited on.
“They love us, and we love them right back. Plus, our wings are the best!” April said.
Mr. P’s offers a 10 percent discount to all U of M students and faculty. In a new development, U of M students will soon be able to use their dining dollars at Mr. P’s Highland location.
“They have great quality food for a great price and it’s always perfect,” said Katrina Boone, a regular customer. “Due to the prices and customer services, these people actually smile at you and tell you have a nice day and instead of just handing you your food and you just walking out the door.”
The owners are constantly trying to come up with new ways to help our customers save money and enjoy their menu at the same time. From their fish specials and 60-cent boneless wings to their highly affordable lunch menu; their goal is to offer affordable meals.
“I come for the fish; the fish is really good its seasoned well and it gives me a special feeling when I eat it,” said J C Austin, a former U of M student
The Plummer family plans to expand their business by opening at least three more locations surrounding other universities over the next five years.
Mr. P’s has been voted among the Best Wings for 2010, 2011, and 2012 in the Memphis Flyer. In 2011, they were voted best franchise by the Memphis Journal. The Southaven location has been voted Best Wings of Desoto County for the last three years.