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Daniel Masters describes his childhood as “the quintessential feral childhood of the 80’s.” Growing up in the Whitehaven neighborhood followed by Horn Lake, MS, Masters recalls being a wild child, and by his teenage years, he was skipping school and having frequent run-ins with the law. Fortunately, he credits the tough love from his mother and the hard work and mentorship of his grandfather for making him the man he is today.
Daniel spent summers with his grandfather, who he referred to affectionately as Poppie. Daniel’s grandfather owned and serviced carwashes all over the Mid-South, and he would let his grandchild work alongside him, cleaning out vacuum tanks and sweeping asphalt for pocket change.
Daniel, now 35, took lessons from his grandfather’s hard work and began a career in the restaurant industry, working his way up from a waiter to a business owner. Daniel is now the owner of The Silly Goose Lounge, known for its elegant, urban decor and its tasty drink menu. Located at the prime corner of Main Street and Peabody Place, the Silly Goose Lounge is the perfect downtown hotspot. Though he is now a father of three and a “responsible adult,” Daniel hasn’t lost his sense of adventure. You may even see Daniel skateboarding through the bar or wearing a ridiculous outfit.
The secret fact about the Silly Goose is that its name is in honor of Daniel’s grandfather, who has been his hero and role model throughout his life. Poppie was known for creating bedtime stories for Daniel and his brother, and Daniel’s favorite involved a “silly goose.” His grandfather’s memory lives on at the corner bar in downtown Memphis.
We chose Daniel for his energy, spirit, and his commitment to Downtown Memphis, where the Silly Goose serves as a focal point for tourists and downtowners looking to lounge, drink, and enjoy the city.
Tell me about how Silly Goose came to be.
It came to be from a trip that I took to New York for the first time. A friend knew that I wanted to open a bar, and he told me that if I wanted to explore concepts and ideas, then New York was the place. At that point I was a broke dad/bar manager, so he bought me a ticket and showed me around. I was in instant awe of the energy and ideas that flowed through the nightlife. At least that’s where the ideas came from, the rest is boring.
Tell me three things about yourself that would be interesting for the readers.
- I am ranked 320 in the world in Call of Duty Ghost
- If you order a vodka and soda, I am secretly judging you
- I have never been to Graceland
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