Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que Owner Gives Back Despite Losing Restaurant

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CLEMENTS, Ala. (WHNT) - Nearly everyone in the Clements community is helping out in any way they can. This includes one local restaurant owner, who despite nearly losing it all is giving back all that he has left.

Feeding others has always been a part of Bill Davis's job description. For six years, he's been cooking and serving food at Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que along Highway 72 in Clements.

So, when he heard this weekend that storms were coming through, he planned to feed the masses.

“I had decided Sunday that we would be going somewhere to cook. I didn't know where. I didn't know I would be cooking here,” Davis said.

Davis is now cooking at Blue Springs Elementary School for the area's emergency crews after his restaurant was hit in Monday's storms.

His pit house was destroyed and the roof was damaged, so he took his talents on the road.

“It looks like a total loss. You know it's his livelihood, it's his business and instead of being there doing what he needs to be doing, he's here cooking,” said Davis’ father.

“That's what we do. We'll have a good time doing it here, we'll enjoy it. You know, help a lot of people out and that's just what we're here for,” Davis said.

As for what comes next for Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que, Davis says he's had 18-wheelers and cars crash into his restaurant and that hasn't stopped him from rebuilding and cooking again, and a tornado isn't going to either.

For those interested in donating food for Davis to cook, check out his Facebook page, Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que.

There, he will list what food items are needed, but Davis also says he'll cook whatever you bring him.


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