James “Jimmy” Phillip Lauck of The Little Tea Shop died Thursday, July 26. He was 77.
Lauck purchased the restaurant at 69 Monroe Ave. on July 26, 1982, 30 years to the day of his passing, according to The Little Tea Shop’s Facebook page. The Southern-style eatery was founded in 1918.
Lauck’s wife, Suhair “Su” Lauck, originally from south Jerusalem and a Memphis resident for more than 40 years, oversees the restaurant and prepares all of the food herself.
“My wife is from the Middle East, and cooking is very dear to her,” Jimmy Lauck told The Daily News in 2004.
The Daily News extends its sympathy to Suhair and The Little Tea Shop family, who have lost someone very dear to them. As one Facebook post put it, “Jimmy Lauck made Memphis a better place.”
The Little Tea Shop, a favorite of local politicians, judges, bankers and lawyers, will be closed until further notice.