At last the clouds are lifting. One of the great Eastern North Carolina barbecue places is well on the way to re-opening. Here’s the latest, which I learned, naturally, via the excellent Barbecue Bros blog, which all y’all should follow.
If you’ve never eaten there, or even it you have, read this. Despite it’s greatness, Wilber’s was struck down by the malignity the North Carolina Department of Transportation (see here) and a little matter of unpaid taxes. The news rocked the barbecue world.
“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.“
Now, after slogging its way through the laws delay and the insolence of office, Wilber’s is projected to reopen as early as May, God willin’ and the creek don’t rise. See here, and listen to the report. And follow Wilber’s Twitter feed.
They’re getting the old team back together, and they’ve added Mr. Dennis Monk, Wilber Shirley’s son-in-law. They hope to get back to cooking 30 whole hogs every day over oak coals. Just think.
Everyone, please practice social distancing. Apparently, the threat to human life hasn’t been enough for a lot of people. Maybe the quality of life will help. “If you want to have a football season this year, stay home.” That was Gov. Kay Ivey of (of course) Alabama. Add Wilber’s in May to the incentives.
Once the lockdown ends, head to Wilber’s.
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