NC icon Wilber’s Barbecue bought to new homeowners in Goldsboro

The hearth and smoke will return to Wilber’s Barbecue.

Closed for months following chapter proceedings, the enduring complete hog restaurant seems to have been saved, as a deal to promote the restaurant to a brand new group of patrons was finalized this month in court docket.


Wilber’s is now owned by Goldpit Companions, LLC, a gaggle of buyers seeking to reopen the restaurant, retaining the title and barbecue custom intact. In a information launch despatched by Goldpit’s legal professional Jeb Jeutter, Wilber’s might reopen as early as subsequent spring. The people behind Goldpit stay nameless, however are characterised by Jeutter as having ties to Goldsboro and Jap North Carolina.

“All events concerned in Goldpit are thrilled the sale of Wilber’s has closed so it might probably proceed its North Carolina custom of serving the state’s greatest barbecue,” stated Jeutter in a launch. “Goldpit will now focus their consideration on starting restoration to the historic Wilber’s constructing within the coming weeks with plans to renew operations and reopen in Spring 2020.”

In accordance with chapter filings, Goldpit purchased Wilber’s for $350,000, a determine that largely covers the restaurant’s money owed. Wilber’s was closed in March by the North Carolina Division of Income for unpaid taxes. It quickly filed for chapter, citing money owed of $350,000 and property of lower than $100,000.


Wilber’s is called for its longtime proprietor, Wilberdean Shirley, who opened it in 1962. Till its closing this 12 months, it had survived as one among North Carolina’s prized pits, recognized for carrying on the entire hog, wood-cooked traditions of Jap North Carolina Barbecue, a method that’s seen extra closings up to now couple of a long time than succession plans.

Goldpit’s function as successor grants Wilber’s the possibility for a future in a brand new period of barbecue. North Carolina has mourned the lack of a few of its historic eating places up to now 12 months, together with Chapel Hill’s Allen & Son, all whereas barbecue itself is embraced by a brand new technology.

Within the Triangle, quite a few new barbecue eating places shall be added within the subsequent 12 months, together with Sam Jones BBQ and Longleaf Swine in Raleigh, Prime Barbecue in Knightdale, together with newer Jap North Carolina additions, akin to Southern Smoke in Garland and the Redneck BBQ Lab in Benson.


The Wilber’s sale was authorised by the chapter court docket in September, however was not finalized till Friday, Nov. eight, in accordance with court docket filings.

The brand new homeowners behind Goldpit Companions will start restoring Wilber’s, they stated in a launch, and should prepare dinner at non-public occasions within the coming months, forward of subsequent 12 months’s anticipated spring opening.


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Drew Jackson writes about eating places and eating for The Information & Observer and The Herald-Solar, protecting the meals scene within the Triangle and North Carolina.