NC has lost one of its historic barbecue joints, which just quietly closed

BBQ at Allen & Son.File photo

Allen & Son Barbeque, one of North Carolina’s most revered barbecue destinations, has closed.

Keith Allen started the restaurant 48 years ago at the age of 19, cooking pork shoulders over wooden coals from logs he split himself. Its reputation grew over the years from a Chapel Hill favorite to one of the state’s historic restaurants, included on the North Carolina Barbecue Society’s trail of distinguished pits and and recently named by Southern Living as the fifth best barbecue restaurant in the south.

Allen & Son’s last day was Wednesday, Allen said. He closed it quietly to avoid a long, tearful farewell.

“It would have been very emotional, too much to endure,” Allen said. “You can’t hug and kiss and cry and all that stuff and still work an 8-hour day. I just want to thank my customers, without them we couldn’t have done anything.”

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