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Mike Miller’s Let It Fly Comes to Lakeland With Basketball Courts

Former Memphis Grizzly Mike Miller is aiming for another sports-themed eatery — but this time, patrons will be able to shoot hoops without sipping foam or biting burgers.

Miller, 42, plans to open a second Let It Fly Sports bar and restaurant in the Lake District, a 160-acre mixed-use space being developed in Lakeland.

“What makes the new Let It Fly location unique is the inclusion of basketball courts,” states a press release from Lake District officials. “Guests will be able to view the courts while they have lunch or dinner through glass panels that will span from the ceiling to the floor.”

Miller’s first Let It Fly sports bar opened in 2019 at 9091 Poplar in Germantown. The restaurant has two Full Swing Golf Simulator bays that can be rented by the hour.

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Germantown sports bar Let It Fly, owned by former Memphis Grizzly Mike Miller, is hosting a preview event on Friday, October 4, 2019. Miller plans to open a second Lake District location in Lakeland.

The new location will occupy 3 acres of the 160-acre Lake District property along Interstate 40 at Canada Road. The development is expected to include homes, apartments, entertainment and retail spaces, a hotel and a 10-acre lake.

District developers announced Monday that Miller has signed a “letter of intent” to oversee the creation of the new sports bar.

“This concept is very unique because it is really a sports venue that integrates a restaurant and a bar,” promoter Yehuda Netanel said in a statement announcing the project.

Netanel touted Miller’s “star power” as a bonus for the space.

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Sports bar Let It Fly, a business venture of former Memphis Grizzly Mike Miller, is hosting a preview at the Germantown location on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Miller plans to open a second Lake District location in Lakeland.

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

He was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2005-06, and the 45 points he scored against the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 21, 2007 set a record for a Grizzlies player until the emergence of Ja Morant this year.

After ending his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 2017, Miller returned to Memphis and spent two seasons as an assistant coach and scout with the University of Memphis Tigers. He spent one season as the head basketball coach at Houston High School in Germantown.

The developers have not announced a planned opening date for the new restaurant.