The original restaurant was located across the street from our current location. It had 8 stools, 4 booths, and a window air conditioner in the dining room. In 1970, former employee Pratt Whitesell offered to sell the one-time Whitesell Fuel Company building at 213 West Main Street to Jack. Jack’s longtime friend, Petie Boyles, did the renovations, and it has since been a landmark in the community.
Some 50 years later, Jack’s daughter, Jackie Allison, is now in charge at the restaurant. Jackie, her sister Kathy, and their brother, Eddie, all grew up helping out at the business. Jack’s BBQ has been a meeting place for common folk and the famous. The fun family atmosphere and Jack’s home-cooked “meat plus 2 sides” meals are local folklore.
As Jack would say, “We hope you don’t go away mad, just fed up”, and remember…”all roads lead to Jack’s”…”Seven days without Jack’s barbecue makes one weak.”
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