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Kyle Guin

In 1975 Roger Guin started an Oldsmobile dealership in Winfield, Alabama. Around 1985 he switched to selling Chevrolets. In 1989 he switched to barbecue. Roger always made barbecue for his family at home. As a businessman, he figured some homemade ‘cue would bring more customers through his door. He was right. The people came, but more came for barbecue than Chevrolets. In 1998 barbecue became his number-one business. In 2004, his youngest son, Kyle Guin, bought the restaurant. Today, Kyle carries on the business that his father started but with some flair of his own. He has added items like “The Smothered Pig,” which is a plate of fries with cheese, barbecue, and sauce. And then there’s the drive-thru. Customers pass through the garage doors that are part of the old car lot repair shop to get to a pick-up window for to-go orders.

Date of interview:
2006-09-28 00:00

Amy Evans


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