Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que Finds New Home at Old Catfish Inn Location

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- The rebuilding process does not always go as planned.

Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que owner Bill Davis learned this firsthand after the April 28th storms destroyed his restaurant.

"It's been a rough three months," said Davis. "We've had several different things come and go that just hadn't panned out."

But after months as a roaming roaster, Davis has a new place to park his butts.

He bought the old Catfish Inn location on Highway 72, providing Davis with the bigger space that he always wanted.

"The Evans that own Greenbriar Restaurant, own it," said Davis, "they called me and made me an offer on it, wanted to help us get back in business. And man, it just worked out, it worked out real well."

A few renters tried to open restaurants at that location, but none of them could sustain their businesses.

The last business owners to utilize the building, left two years ago.

After six years at his original location, which he plans to clear and sell, Davis will now have 4,000 more square feet and his restaurant will be two miles closer to Athens.

With a little elbow grease and smoke Hickory Barn touches, Davis will breathe new life into a once beloved venue.

"This is, I think, the best fit for us," said Davis. "We wouldn't be able to afford to build a place this size with this much equipment and everything."

Davis will add catfish and hushpuppies to his menu as a nod to his new home.

He expects the new location to be open by mid-September.

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