QUITMAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Ideas for restaurant themes come in many shapes, sizes and colors and a new restaurant owner in Quitman has combined an unlikely pair.
Just a few weeks ago, a long-time service station and car wash was transformed into a local eatery in Clarke County.
It's now dishing out some top tier barbecue.
Susanne Ivy took a leap of faith a few months ago. The former school teacher had never been in the restaurant business, but a saw a chance and took it.
"I grew up in a family that loved barbecue," said Ivy. "My dad barbecued all the time so we always had barbecue in our blood and this opportunity opened up."
And while the food is outstanding, the building itself has quite a history. Over the better part of a century, it has served as a doctor's office, insurance office and most recently, a car garage, service station and car wash.
"We were just looking for a location that we thought would be a good spot," said Ivy. "And we love the theme of being a service station and turning it into a restaurant. That's what we wanted to do."
While Squeals & Wheels has only been open for a few weeks, it has already become a favorite spot for many locals. That includes Chris Bridges, who is currently home on leave from the Navy.
"I think it's outstanding," said Bridges. "Personally it's some of the best pulled pork that we've had around here. I've been through Kings Bay, Georgia, New York and even Norfolk, Virginia, so definitely outstanding in my opinion."
Good Morning Meridian producer Christina Randall and I were treated to lunch and found out what many in Clarke County already know. It's simply great barbecue. Well, there goes the diet.
"As we wanted to offer the community something different, something unique and we wanted to keep the service station feel, but make it into a restaurant," Ivy said.
Squeals & Wheels is open Tuesday through Saturday on South Archusa Avenue in downtown Quitman.