NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After nearly a century in business, a local restaurant is closing its doors.
Before the last pig is barbecued, here’s a look at the story behind the White Pig Inn.
It all started in 1920.
“We like to keep things the same, have all these years and really tried to avoid change,” says Greg Seaton with White Pig BBQ. “We’ve had the pleasure of having people come from all over the country and the world here to eat.”
In 1940, Greg Seaton and his family took over the business and since then three generations have been barbecuing the same way.
“We are not big on very slow cooking, we like to cook a little higher temperature in an open fire pit, and when the meat is done we get it off,” he explains.
But a change is coming. No, not the sauce, or the heat but the last pig roast will be soon.
“I have so many great memories, I have met so many great people here,” Seaton adds. “A lot of people are asking why after 99 years are we closing. At this point we feel it’s time to close this business and location.”
Come next Friday, the final plate will be served and every pulled pork plate or sandwich will come complete with a side of nostalgia.
“I have had the pleasure of working with my father and my grandfather at the same time, and that is something I’ll never forget,” continues Seaton. “It’s really amazing the stories we’ve heard the last few days that people grew up in this place.”
For 99 years it’s been a BBQ original that you’ll find only in Arkansas, and now only for the next few days.
March 8 is the final day of business for the White Pig Inn.