Beale Street club owner Robert McRae dies

Local

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Robert “Lunchbox” McRae, the owner of Peoples on Beale, died Sept. 1 after what his family describes as ongoing health issues. He was 38.  

McRae worked at various businesses on Beale Street over the course of 15 years, 10 of which were spent at Peoples. In 2015, he had the opportunity to buy Peoples and brought his brother on as a co-owner. 

“It was always a dream, but he never thought it would really happen,” said Michael McRae.  

During Robert McRae’s ownership, his friends say Peoples served as a gathering place for workers at other Beale Street businesses.  

“If you were an employee on Beale, I mean, he showed you love,” said longtime friend Andrew Westmoreland.  

“He left this Earth on 901 Day and I felt like that means a lot with what the city lost,” said Michael McRae.  

He friends are planning a procession down Beale Street in honor of his brother. It will start Saturday at 2 p.m. at the corner of Second and Beale.  

McRae was the first of two recent deaths of Beale Street club owners. Tommy Peters, who founded BB King’s Blues Club, died from kidney failure at the age of 66 on Sunday.  

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

More News

Watch Latest Videos

Cooper-Young Festival gives Memphis businesses a much-needed boost

Carnivorous Worms Invading Local Lawns

STEM School shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 1282.5 years

Watch: John Castillo, prosecutors, speak after STEM shooter's sentencing

Search ongoing for woman reported missing during cross-country trip

Festivals, big games return to Memphis amid rise in COVID cases

More News