Old Hickory House BBQ will close its doors for good on April 4.
The well-known, family-run barbecue joint has been in business since 1957, and has operated at its current spot at 6538 N. Tryon since 1972.
Co-owner David Carter said his family has considered closing the restaurant “for the last couple of years,” but the construction from the Blue Line Extension project has slowed business down recently. Carter said he’s not sure what the family will do next, and that it’s possible they’ll reopen the restaurant in a different spot one day.
“When you’ve been in business 58 years, there will be some disappointed people. We’re disappointed. We thought we might be doing this all our lives,” Carter said. “Sometimes things change and you just have to open up another chapter in the book.”
“We have appreciated all your business and wish everyone well in their future. Please come by for a last meal!” the restaurant wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.
Unlike other barbecue spots in the area, Old Hickory’s pit is right in its dining area, which is dark and paneled, made to look like the inside of a covered wagon. A photo on the restaurant’s Facebook page shows David Carter with celebrity chef Paula Deen at Old Hickory House in 2011.