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WOW! Two NC Barbecue Restaurants Have Closed

Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,700
Came across two articles in the Raleigh News & Observer. It seems that, in December, Allen & Son in Chapel Hill closed. A month later, Bill Ellis Barbecue in Wilson did the same. I've never eaten at either place, but they were both on my list. They'd been there for ±50 years! Guess I'd better hit B's and the Skylight Inn before it's too late!

https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article222718535.html
https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article224674545.html

I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                            …Unknown

Michael 
Central Connecticut 

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  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,252

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  • frazzdaddyfrazzdaddy Posts: 788
    Came across two articles in the Raleigh News & Observer. It seems that, in December, Allen & Son in Chapel Hill closed. A month later, Bill Ellis Barbecue in Wilson did the same. I've never eaten at either place, but they were both on my list. They'd been there for ±50 years! Guess I'd better hit B's and the Skylight Inn before it's too late!

    https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article222718535.html
    https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article224674545.html
    Twas a sad day in the Tarheel state for sure. One of my staff is a relative of the Allen and Sons folks. She said that it was just time to slow down and retire. Pretty much the same with the Ellis folks after big Bill passed.  
    Xl bge ,LG bge, two 4' crusher cone fire pits. Weber Genisis gasser and 
    Two rusty Weber kettles. 
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  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 5,664
    I have been to Bill’s many times.  Sad to see it closed.  Was classic eastern BBQ and so good!!  
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • frazzdaddyfrazzdaddy Posts: 788
    edited March 10
    I have been to Bill’s many times.  Sad to see it closed.  Was classic eastern BBQ and so good!!  
    Me too and It was. Sounds like the remaining family members had their own business ventures and no one wanted to carry on the tradition. Sadly , over my 58 years in this amazing state I have seen too many fall by the wayside.

    Bill Murray's, on Capitol blv. in Raleigh. "Corn Sticks!"
    Murry's BBQ on Poole road in Raleigh, and amazing fried shrimp.
    Holden's in Wake Forest.  Awesome breakfast, last really good 'redeye" gravy I've had.
    to name a few.

    Xl bge ,LG bge, two 4' crusher cone fire pits. Weber Genisis gasser and 
    Two rusty Weber kettles. 
    Moncure N.C.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 13,975
    I'd been to Allen and Son many times.  Sad to see it go.  That was a cool place.  
    "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Einstein

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • Michael:   prob time for a road trip, eh?
  • frazzdaddyfrazzdaddy Posts: 788
    I'd been to Allen and Son many times.  Sad to see it go.  That was a cool place.  
    the one on 15/501 is still open
    Xl bge ,LG bge, two 4' crusher cone fire pits. Weber Genisis gasser and 
    Two rusty Weber kettles. 
    Moncure N.C.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,700
    Michael:   prob time for a road trip, eh?
    Yeah, but 1300 miles is a LONG way to go for some 'que!

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • stever1888stever1888 Posts: 8
    Check out Marty's BBQ in Wilson.  Run by the son of Bill Ellis, and is very good.  A worthy competitor to Parker's now that Bill Ellis BBQ is gone.
    http://www.martysbbq.com/
    LBGE, 36" BS griddle, and more.  Piedmont Triad, North Carolina.
  • rekameohsrekameohs Posts: 67
    Guess I'd better hit B's and the Skylight Inn before it's too late!

    When my daughter was at ECU, I would try to time the drives to Greenville to be able to stop by B's before they ran out of food.

    Sam Jones is opening a place in Raleigh.  We will have to see how it compares to the Skylight Inn.

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,700
    rekameohs said:
    Guess I'd better hit B's and the Skylight Inn before it's too late!

    When my daughter was at ECU, I would try to time the drives to Greenville to be able to stop by B's before they ran out of food.

    Sam Jones is opening a place in Raleigh.  We will have to see how it compares to the Skylight Inn.
    Sam has a place in Winterville too. Right down the road from Skylight. Much more varied menu.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,700
    Well damn!

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • DRKEggDRKEgg Posts: 37
    I ate at Allen & Sons countless times while in school at UNC.  It was outstanding, eastern NC BBQ.  We've lost a good one, to be sure
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