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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.

ORAL HISTORY

Jane Ann Jarvis


Jane Ann Jarvis hasn’t been in the barbecue business long, but she fell in love with it right away. She has operated Old Brick Pit Barbecue, located in Chamblee, Georgia, barely outside the northern city limits of Atlanta, only since 2006. Jane Ann may be relatively new to the barbecue scene, but Old Brick Pit is not. It was founded in 1976 by Bob Newton, a Georgia Tech graduate who put a lot of thought and care into the design of his L-shaped brick barbecue pit. Jane Ann’s brother, Steve Garner, who also happened to have some experience in the restaurant game, took over the business more than a decade ago when Bob died of cancer. Jane Ann began running the business a few years later. In those days, Jane Ann was ready to change careers, and she became drawn to what she calls “the beauty of the business”: This restaurant is a small, streamlined and relatively waste-free business that brings a lot of joy some loyal diners. On most days, you’ll find Jane Ann and her team of petite female employees manning the pit and the kitchen implements in the back. These women have remained true to the simple, focused menu of chopped pork, smoked chicken and a precious few sides that have been available since the very beginning.

Date of interview:
2010-11-29 00:00

Interviewer:
Ashley Hall

Photographer:
Ashley Hall

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