WEST JEFFERSON — Owning a business can have its ups and downs, but for one local restaurant, the good times far outweigh the bad.
Kristin Howell, owner of When Pigs Fly BBQ and Wings in West Jefferson, recently celebrated her second year as a business owner and employer of some of the friendliest staff members you’ll ever meet.
The opportunity to purchase the business came during the summer of 2013 when Howell was working five jobs to make ends meet for her and her daughter, Whitley.
If you ask her, Kristin will tell you herself that she’s waited tables at almost every restaurant in Ashe County. The chance to own a business was just too good of an opportunity to pass up, so she took it.
With the new restaurant in hand, Kristin decided to get things off the ground by hiring some friends to help run the place, a decision that has worked incredibly well.
“They say a restaurant doesn’t make a profit in until the first three to five years. We did it in the very first year,” said Howell.
Kristin still has plenty of hands-on work to do as she works six days a week cooking her favorite recipes and dishes. She has also filled in waiting tables when her waitresses have to take a day off.
“We offer a friendly, home-like experience to our customers and at When Pigs Fly, you are family, not just a number,” said Howell. “We remember your faces, your kids, your grandkids, what you want to drink and even what you want to eat. Something that shows we are really here to stay.”
When Pigs Fly may have just seven employees, but thanks to their hard work and dedication, the doors are open seven days a week to serve their famous wings, barbecue, burgers and the weekday $6 lunch special that includes a sandwich, fries, slaw and a drink.
When Pigs Fly is located at 247 Mt. Jefferson State Park Road in the old Lowes Shopping Center.
You can dine-in or call ahead for take-out at 336-846-4747. Hours are 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87