JR’s Catering and Gifts is a new start for both its owners and the building it’s located in.
Amy George told the Ripple it all started when her sister Alissa Long saw an ad on Craigslist for cooking equipment from the former Nate’s Place/Tammy’s Hotdog/Wisp location on East Elm Street in Yadkinville.
Once they realized the building was vacant they went to work getting it ready for the August 3 grand opening.
The restaurant will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, corndogs, BLTs, different types of sandwiches, homemade chili, fried pickles, ice cream, zucchini sticks and potato fries.
A woman from the owners’ church makes their chicken salad and slaw.
JR’s will be open seven days a week. Hours run from 1:15-9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
George and Long are medical professionals looking to escape the hospital world. Family heartache spurred the move and made health care too difficult for them to continue.
“We actually started our own corporation last year,” George said. “Both me and my sister work in nursing and we’re trying to get out because our dad died from cancer, and that’s what we work in. So, we’ve have enough of it and we want to get out, and we both love to cook.”
Their father, Jerry Randall George, is the man behind the restaurant’s name. The restaurant is named in honor of him following his passing in September 2011 to esophageal cancer.
JR’s is designed to be family-oriented to honor George’s memory. George was raised in Hendersonville, N.C. and was a graduate of Western Carolina University.
He worked as a teacher in Walhalla, S.C., Lexington, N.C., and in Yadkinville. He and his wife Agnes settled in Yadkinville where their three daughters, Alissa, Kim and Amy all reside.
George was active in the community, working with Impact Yadkin, cooking meals for his church family at Union Grove Baptist Church, and participating in many community fundraisers.
There will be fundraisers held periodically to raise money for the American Cancer Society, Austin Macemore and Meme Brown, community concerts, and activities and treats for children.
“Randall and Agnes set the example and taught their children to also support their church and community,” his family said in a press release statement. “The family wants to continue the work JR did to serve the community.”
For more information contact JR’s at 336-849-4074.
Reach Taylor Pardue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-835-1513, ext. 15.