They are constantly asked, "What is a Commissary and why are you called this?" Commissary's were small country stores throughout the South. They sold everything from blue jeans to bologna.
The original Commissary, in Germantown, Tennessee was a small country store for over 90 years, until Walker Taylor bought it in 1981 and turned it into one of the best Memphis BBQ joints around.
The name worked then and still does today. The world famous Memphis style barbecue and ribs are "so good y'ull slap yo' mama."
In, 2009 Playboy Magazine named The Germantown Commissary one of the top ten barbecue restaurants in America.