Bill Spoon’s BBQ Permanently Closing After 57 Years In Business
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After more than 57 years in business Bill Spoon’s BBQ will be permanently closing its Charlotte establishment this week.
The announcement was made in a long heartfelt social media post on Monday. The Facebook post stated that they will serve their last meal on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
“With a heavy heart, we must close our doors. We are so grateful for the many customers that we have served over the years,” Steve Spoon Jr. said in the post. “So many of you have become friends, and we have memories that will last a lifetime. We will miss the smiles, laughter, and conversations over a plate of BBQ and a cold glass of homemade sweet tea.”
Spoon is the grandson of the founders Bill and Marie Spoon, who opened the restaurant in 1963. The business opened on a two-lane dirt road at the time and Spoon began working there at the age of 10. He later bought the restaurant from his grandfather in 2006, which is one year before his passing.
Spoon said that this was a hard decision to make but feels this is what his grandfather would want him to do.
“I hope he’s smiling down from Heaven, knowing I served our Eastern NC BBQ with the same love and passion as he did,” Spoon said.
Spoon cited that the closure comes after seeing years of diminishing lines of customers.
Steve’s post continued by stating, “2020 has proven hard for everyone, but has truly been detrimental to small businesses like us that were already barely making ends meet. Despite every attempt to hang on as long as we could, we simply aren’t able to any longer.”
In addition to serving customers for over five decades, the business provided close to 4,000 meals to Charlotte’s homeless with their foundation called Serving Spoons.
“Spoon’s BBQ is something I’m proud of, and I feel has touched so many lives along the way,” Spoon said. “We have always strived to treat the businessmen who stopped by for lunch and left a hefty tip the same as the many regular homeless who stopped by, offering only a handshake and a ‘thank you’ to pay for their meal.”
Due to COVID-19 the restaurant’s dining room is closed but curbside service is available.