Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, one of many oldest Black-owned companies within the nation, held a grand “Hearth Up That Grill” reopening occasion Wednesday after a hearth in February practically destroyed the restaurant, which has been in enterprise for over a century. Attendees got barbecue sandwiches and a tour of the newly repaired services. Proprietor James Harold Jones spoke, in addition to household good friend Steve Higginbotham, The Enterprise Heart’s Wayne Miller, Marianna Mayor Jimmy Williams and creator Rex Nelson.

A GoFundMe to assist save the long-lasting restaurant was began shortly after the hearth in February elevating greater than $20,000. Jones advised KATV in a Could interview {that a} woman named Mimi wrote him a test for $65,000. In a narrative for The New York Instances in March, Jones mentioned that his two grills weren’t badly broken and {that a} new construction could be made from fire-resistant materials as a substitute of wooden.

In 2012 Jones Bar-B-Q Diner gained nationwide acclaim when it grew to become the primary restaurant in Arkansas to obtain a James Beard “American Basic” Award.

The hours at Jones: 7 a.m. till the meals runs out.