At this time last week, it looked like Harold’s Barbecue would close its doors permanently. Since the closing was reported, Harold’s has experienced a surge in business with folks rushing to eat there one last time before it would close tomorrow on the anniversary of its 65th year in business.
This afternoon, owner Billy Banyon told me me, “We sold out today before 2 p.m., just like the old days. We have sold out every day since last Friday.” Apparently, customers are traveling as many as three hours to get a last taste of Harold’s Barbecue.
Banyon says, “people are begging us to stay open.” Customers have told him that they believed Harold’s closed a year ago. He believes the confusion began with the closing of the Jonesboro and McDonough Harold’s Barbecue locations. The remaining (original) location sits near the Jonesboro Road and McDonough Boulevard intersection, an unfortunate coincidence.
While Banyon understands that the restaurant may be unable to sustain quite the same level of business that it’s had over the past few days, he says, “We will try to go on through the rest of this year. Keep supporting us and we can stay open.”
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog