Tough as Hickory: Limestone grill grill opens after storm

November 12, 2014 - Picnic Time

Davis and Shafer

Davis and Shafer

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 4:00 am

Tough as Hickory: Limestone grill grill opens after storm

Bill Davis’ hands are roughened from tough work and stained black with a burn that comes with being a grill array master.

Davis pronounced he’s happy to once again manage operations during Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que after a six-month hiatus. The restaurant, west of Athens in a aged Catfish Inn plcae on U.S. 72, is using full steam forward after an EF3 hurricane broken Hickory Barn’s aged plcae in April. From a road, for now, there is no Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que sign, though this is a teenager problem, Davis said.

“For us not to have a pointer out during a highway observant what it is, we’ve stayed busy,” he said. “People have been good to us.”

It’s been a prolonged 6 months for Davis, and it began Apr 28. Tornado-velocity winds tore a roof off a tiny red dust retard building that housed his grill and catering business during 10047 U.S. 72 West. Though Davis immediately began to hunt for a approach to reopen, red fasten and finances slowed a routine down immensely.

“I’ve had some (customers) tell me, ‘man, we like to starve to genocide watchful on we to open up,’” he said. “And we did, too. Six months is a prolonged time to go but a job.”

The Catfish Inn skill came accessible by an offer to Davis from a Evans family, who owned a building and also possess Old Greenbrier Restaurant. They’d listened what happened to Hickory Barn and wanted to help.

“We went from 6 cruise tables to 6,000 block feet, so that’s a flattering good jump,” Davis said.

At a aged restaurant, it was usually Davis and his partner Mary Shafer handling a kitchen and portion customers. Now they have a full staff of waitresses and cooks to demeanour after.

“This is my initial time carrying to have employees,” Davis said. “All a employees have been great, once everybody fell into place and found their small slit and schooled how we wanted things.”

With an stretched menu and incomparable building plan, Davis pronounced he’s scaling behind a catering aspect to concentration on removing business to horde private parties during a restaurant. The building has dual party bedrooms that chair 100 every that can be rented out even when a grill is sealed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

“We’re engagement adult Christmas parties and things left and right, 3 or 4 of them a day,” Davis said. “We can offer some-more options here, we have waitresses and it’s a lot cheaper for them to come out here.” 

As Davis settles in for a holiday rush, he’s not meditative about storms, he’s simply perplexing to get behind to normal — or a new normal of handling employees, appreciative business and gripping a fires lit.

“That’s a fun part, gripping it all relocating along.”

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