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Old South Bar-B-Q Endures Amidst Construction Woes

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Old South Bar-B-Q, Smyrna’s oldest restaurant, is facing challenging times due to ongoing road construction on Windy Hill Road. Since its establishment in 1968, the family-run eatery has been a beloved local institution. The current owner, Joy Llewallyn, who took over from her parents, has noticed a significant decline in customers as construction barriers and detours deter patrons.

In response to the drop in business, longtime customer Darrell Baxter took to social media to rally community support. The campaign quickly gained traction, and the dining room soon filled with loyal patrons eager to help. Despite the construction challenges, Joy remains hopeful, dedicated to preserving the warm, nostalgic atmosphere that has defined Old South Bar-B-Q for over 50 years.