Gene's Pig & Chick, 831 Harden Street / 2330 North Main / 4510 Devine Street / 300 Blossom Street: 1980s (etc) 26 comments
This is one I've gotten several requests for, but about which I can really say very little -- hopefully some good comments will take up the slack here..
Gene's Pig & Chick was a Five Points landmark for a good part of my life. I'm not sure when the place was established, but it seemed to me that from the very earliest days that I can remember going to Sears on Harden Street, Gene's was there.
Unfortunately, from a point of view of actually having real memories of the place, I was a very picky eater when I was a kid, and I had decided very early in life that I didn't like chicken (I made a partial exception for Campbell's Chicken & Stars soup, though I still tended to pick the chicken pieces out of it) and that I didn't like barbecue. I'm not sure exactly when I made the barbecue "decision", since that wasn't something my mother (or anyone else in the family) made, but the chicken aversion survived a decade -plus campaign by my mother to force me to eat it. Ultimately, she gave up, and even when I was a kid, she knew better than to make one of our infrequent "eating out" trips into an unpleasant experience for both of us.
So the upshot of that is, that whether she would have wanted to stop at Gene's on a Five Points shopping trip or not, we never did.
Still the place was a constance presence, and while I don't remember quite when I found out that it was gone, I do remember being shocked and sad. The original building has long since been torn down, and the lot is now the site of a self-service Shell station, which I have also never been to.
UPDATE 14 March 2009: Added 1963 Yellow Pages Ad
UPDATE 17 June 1020 -- Becky Bailey sends in this photo of the old North Main location:
I'm also sending a funky shot of the former Gene's Pig and Chick on N. Main Street. Probably could have defined its orientation a little better. It's near the intersection of Confederate Avenue and N. Main Street, up the street from the former Doug Broom's, and directly across the street from the present It It's Paper. Looks kinda sad, now, but in its day, there was a rooftop studio and lots of action! Doug Broom's, of course was demolished 20 years ago, I'm guessing.
UPDATE 2 Sept 2010: Added the 1970 Yellow Pages ad.