Uncle C's BBQ to close doors on Friday
BY HALEY JONES
Five years after moving from West Iredell to Downtown Statesville, Uncle C’s BBQ will close on Friday, Dec. 15.
Owner Chip Johnson is selling the business to pursue a new job opportunity. The restaurant has become what Johnson refers to as Statesville’s “Best Kept Secret.”
“I still run into people who have no idea where we are,” said Johnson. “People are always discovering us.”
Uncle C’s regular customers will miss the restaurant’s friendly atmosphere and the BBQ, hash brown casserole, and the double-dip chicken.
Closing the doors, Johnson said, was not an easy decision.
“Everything is running smooth, business and morale are good. [So closing] is bittersweet.”
Owning the restaurant had its advantages. Two months after Johnson opened the restaurant, he was needed at home more as his wife was dealing with a cancer diagnosis. At the time, the couple had a 3-year-old child. His wife’s situation changed for the better and his child started to attend school, which allowed him to devote more time to the business.
Johnson’s favorite part of owning and operating Uncle C’s was watching the business evolve into a downtown meeting place.
“This is the place where people and families see each other,” said Johnson, expressing his hope that someone will purchase the restaurant and keep the business going. “I’d love for someone to continue the BBQ business but overall, I want it to keep being a meeting place, a lunch spot for downtown, and most importantly, keep the quality.”
To his loyal customers and employees, Johnson expressed his gratitude.
“Thank you to all of my staff and everybody that supported me,” said Johnson. “Thank you for the support and the loyalty.”