In 1962 Wilber Shirley and Carl Lyerly purchased Hill's Barbecue from Mr. Fred Hill.

Renamed the Hwy. 70 Barbecue, it opened on July 24th. Within the year, Mr. Lyerly sold his share of the establishment to Wilber and at that time the name was changed to Wilber's Barbecue and a tradition began.

Upon opening, the restaurant employed only 11 people. Current employees number 100+.

As the business grew so did the number and notability of it's patrons. The business not only has had the opportunity to serve the community through the years, but some famous names, as well. Some celebrities that have indulged in this barbecue phenomenon are: President George W. Bush Sr., President Bill Clinton, Governor Jim Hunt, Governor Terry Sanford
and Senator Jesse Helms, to name just a few.

We invite you to join us and become part of our ever expanding family.