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Posted on: January 14, 2020

From food cart to new restaurant: Pryor's BBQ House opens on City's south side

Larry and Stephanie Pryor cut the ribbon at a ribbon cutting ceremony in the fall

After working out of a food cart for the last 30 years, Larry Pryor says he’s excited to have more elbow room in his new restaurant.

“This feels really good to have a legitimate kitchen and to move around freely,” Pryor said.

The opening of Pryor’s BBQ House was celebrated this past fall with a ribbon cutting event.

Pryor says he’s thankful for the big response from the Jackson community since opening.

“Business has been steady and we’ve had more people experience what we have to offer now that we have a real building,” Pryor said.

Pryor’s BBQ House serves barbecue favorites like ribs and pulled pork, along with fish, seafood, Coney Islands and much more.

The restaurant owner has been a familiar face to hungry customers for the past three decades, taking his food cart to festivals in Jackson and all over the country.

Along with needing more space, Pryor says he opened the drive-through only restaurant at 221 W. Prospect St. so he could put down some roots in his hometown.

“I also want to build a business for the next generation of my family,” Pryor said.

Pryor’s family-run business is located on Jackson’s south side.

Neighbors have been sharing with Pryor what it means to them to have a locally owned restaurant in the south side community. 

“Customers that come in here talk about how they’re glad we’re doing something positive in the neighborhood. These things make you feel real good. I think it’s a positive thing in Jackson that’s being noticed,” Pryor said.

He also hopes his business will inspire further investment on Jackson’s south side.

“This is just one part of the picture. I’ve heard from other people who want to invest in this area, so that’s exciting,” Pryor said.

The BBQ house has become a popular lunchtime destination for City of Jackson workers.

So much so, Pryor’s partially catered the recent City employee holiday party.  

With the new restaurant in full swing, Pryor says they’re also considering ways to expand their offerings in the coming years.  

“I really appreciate the Jackson community for all of the support. We look forward to continuing to provide service to them in the future,” Pryor said.

This was the cover story for the Winter 2020 City of Jackson Newsletter (PDF)

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