J. B. Mance, customer | Southern Foodways Alliance arrow left envelope headphones search facebook instagram twitter flickr menu rss play circle itunes calendar

Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region. If you would like to contribute to SFA’s oral history collections, please send your ideas for oral history along with your CV or Resume and a portfolio of prior oral history work to annemarie@southernfoodways.org.

< Back to Oral History project: Bully’s Restaurant


J. B. Mance, customer

Bully's Restaurant

J. B. Mance has known Tyrone Bully since he was a small boy. He was friends with Tyrone’s parents, and when he wasn’t out on the road singing with his gospel quartet or playing on the blues circuit, he’d stop by the neighborhood restaurant for a quick meal. He’s performed in Illinois, Wisconsin, and California, but none of the road food compares to the offerings at Bully’s. At 87 years old and retired, J. B. drives to Bully’s Restaurant twice each day—once for lunch, and once for supper. In exchange for all the good meals, he promotes the restaurant on the J. B. Mance Radio Program, broadcast each Monday night on WMPR at 8:30 p.m. As he tells his audience, “Just when you get hungry, come here. They open at 11:00 a.m. and close about 6:30, and somebody is going to meet you at the door and make you welcome, and they’re going to take care of you.”

Date of interview:

Mary Beth Lasseter

Mary Beth Lasseter

Download Transcript



The Southern Foodways Alliance drives a more progressive future by leading conversations that challenge existing constructs, shape perspectives, and foster meaningful discussions. We reconsider the past with research, scrutiny, and documentation.


Alex Raij Txikito

Let’s Stay in Touch

Sign up for the SFA newsletter to have the latest content
delivered directly to your inbox.