Iconic puerco-cannibalistic barbecue joint sign for sale

This barbecue joint is located near my childhood home, in Richmond, Virginia.

Well, it was. It's being torn down today, according to North Richmond News.

The home where I grew up was condemned, demolished, paved over, and replaced with a mall. Perhaps this classic icon of hillbilly culture will be, too. Maybe a Starbucks will sprout in its ashes.

Bill's specialized in traditional Virginia-style pulled pork barbecue in a fermented cayenne vinegar sauce. There are many regional varieties of barbecue in America. This is the kind I was raised on, not the kind that became mainstream American BBQ, not that sweet, thick sauce.

Bill's was famous for a wide variety of carby, sugary, fake-whipped-cream-topped pies, too. And limeade drink.

I remember the food tasting good. But then, when we were children my brother and I sometimes ate cat food out of curiosity, so we were no culinary connoisseurs.

Anyway. Bye-bye, Bill's.

You can buy the signs if you want:

"The signs out front are all for sale. The entire set on the pole is $5,000. The main sign can be had for $3,000, and the pigs are $1,000. Contact Mitzi Wyatt-Jenkins at (804) 338-4258 to purchase."

All hail autophagy.

And blame Obama.

(Via Doug Dobey)


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  1. Not to be a negative Nancy, but I ate at this particular restaurant several months ago. It was some of the worst BBQ I had ever eaten.

    I hate to see a local restaurant close, but thankfully there have been several excellent BBQ joints open in central Virginia in the past few years.

  2. Always fun having local RVA news pop up on boingboing. That restaurant was a staple when I was working at the Greyhound terminal a block away, but as soon as I had ANY other option closer, I took it.

    Nostalgia gets you far, but that place was just sad.

  3. Eat of my flesh, that you might have eternal life.

  4. If it is anything like my neighborhood, it will be replaced by a bank, a pharmacy, and a bunch of empty retail space. Then the sign will be bought and put into storage by the city in hopes to one day open a museum costing millioms of dollars.

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