Mike Miller’s Let It Fly sports bar arrives at Southaven’s Silo Square


Former Memphis Grizzlies player Mike Miller brings his sports bar to DeSoto County.

Miller plans to open a third Let It Fly Sports bar and restaurant in Silo Square, Southaven’s mixed-use development. The restaurant will offer golf stimulator berries as well as food and beverages.

“We’re really excited to have Mike Miller bring his sports bar concept to Silo,” said Brian Hill, developer of Silo Square. “It’s going to be really unique, a pretty safe addition for Silo.”

miller first Let It Fly sports bar opened in 2019 at 9091 Poplar in Germantown, where customers can rent both Full Swing Golf Simulator bays by the hour. In March this year, plans were announced to open a second Let it Fly sports bar in the Lake District, a 160-acre mixed-use space being developed in Lakeland.

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“Everybody loves a sports bar,” Hill said. “But the golf part is just something we don’t have here, Southaven had hoped we would have TopGolf, but they ended up exit Germantown Road. But it’s a really cool golf-themed concept that’s a lot like TopGolf, but maybe even a little better. There are so many different golf courses to choose from that you can play on the stimulator and it is heated and cooled, and you are not playing in the rain. It’s gonna be huge. It’s a good build.”

The Silo Square location will be built in the corner lot to the right of the south entrance, directly across from the silo. This was the last batch Hill had available on Getwell. Plans are being drawn up and will be presented to the Southaven Planning Commission on August 29. Hill sees no reason why it won’t be approved.

The restaurant plans to break new ground this fall with an opening date of summer 2023.

Let It Fly, a business venture of former Memphis assistant basketball coach Mike Miller, is hosting a preview event at the Germantown site on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Let It Fly is opening a location at Silo Square at Southaven.

“When I started Silo Square, I had a vision of what I wanted it to be when it was finished, and once we started creating it and people recognized and saw that I was going to create the vision that I talked about, people started calling me,” Hill said. “So Mike Miller called me, I didn’t call him. And he wanted to be part of Silo Square, and we’ve been talking about it now for probably five to six months. Once we started talking about it, we quickly got him under contract.”

Silo Square currently has a variety of businesses, such as Vampire Penguin, City Hall Cheesecake, a women’s shop called Dappled, and Staks Pancake Kitchen.

Miller was a popular shooter for nearly seven seasons with the Grizzlies, from midway through the 2002-03 season through 2008 and again in 2013-14.

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After ending his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 2017, Miller spent two seasons as an assistant coach and scout with the University of Memphis Tigers. He then spent a season as the head basketball coach at Houston High School in Germantown and in 2021, coached the team to its very first national basketball championship.

Houston head coach Mike Miller talks to his team during a timeout during their home game against Arlington on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Hill hopes this name recognition can help Silo Square with regards to the development’s charity events. Several events are held at Silo Square throughout the year to raise funds for local and national charities. A car show will be held in October to benefit St. Jude and every year they hold a Christmas tree sale. Last year, Silo Square donated a quarter of a million dollars, Hill said. Much of the money has gone to Ukraine this year, Hill said, while half of the money remains local.

“So to have Mike involved and the draw that Mike can bring is huge,” Hill said. “And that’s what I thought, right off the bat when I started talking to Mike. And I talked to him about it, I said, ‘Now, Mike, to be part of Silo, you must be part of all the charitable things we do. And he was all in, so that’s what excites me the most to be honest with you. The restaurant is really cool, but having Mike to help us give back to our community is huge for me.

Gina Butkovich covers DeSoto County, storytelling and general news. She can be reached at 901-232-6714 or on Twitter @gigibutko.

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