JEFFERSON — The spot between the towns has a familiar face in a new spot.
When Pigs Fly BBQ & Wings recently finished off their move from Mt. Jefferson Road down the hill to 658 South Main Street near Tractor Supply in the former spot of The Junction Restaurant.
Owner Kristen Howell has faced a little bit of a struggle at her former location, especially when Lowe’s Foods left. She had considered other places for a potential move, but once the current location came open, she knew right off the bat it would be a great spot.
“Out of sight, out of mind, the last location was terrible. Moving here, we have at least doubled, if not tripled, in our first week,” said Howell.
With the bigger location comes more food and more employee help, so even though more money is being brought in, Howell says she’s still breaking even and paying the bills, but for now, she has accepted that.
The move to the new building started in June with upgrades taking place at the former Junction Restaurant. When Pigs Fly stayed open at its current location until October 15. After that, Kristen and four people moved all of the equipment they had in nine days, some nights staying there and working around the clock.
Once everything was set up, the stress was nowhere near over.
“We had a four and a half hour inspection where everything had to be checked. Every trash can, every sink, just everything,” said Howell.”
A big new addition to When Pigs Fly is the breakfast menu.
“We live in the south, we should all have homemade biscuits and gravy. 90 percent of the restaurants around here have gravy from a bag and biscuits from a box. Everything we make is from scratch,” said Howell.
The grits and meal come locally from New River Mills in Creston. The country ham is coming from Daniel Boone Inn.
“Everything is fresh every day. We’ve done so much with the homemade sauces and the hand-cutting of the fries and smoking our own meats, we wanted a real Southern, country breakfast,” Howell said.
When Pigs Fly also has a new party room to rent out for free. The room can easily accommodate most any large party that wants to enjoy a great time with friends and family.
“I’m sick and tired of trying to find places where you have to pay a fortune to rent the room. Here, there is no room rental. If you eat here, the room is free,” said Howell.
She said there are already close to 20 Christmas parties that have rented the space.
Future plans include having a bar and stools outside to eat at during the spring and summer, as well as a deck on the side.
A grand opening will be coming soon once the new menus are completed and Howell receives her new beer permit. Since the business went from West Jefferson to Jefferson, even though the move was less than a mile, she has to go to Raleigh and take a test and pay a fee to receive a new beer license.
Howell has worked hard getting the word out about her new move with newspaper ads, a billboard near J&B Auto and a brand new website, http://www.whenpigsflybbqnc.com .
When Pigs Fly is open Sunday – Thursday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.