Sonny’s BBQ in Tifton changes to “Smokehouse Restaurant”
By: Selena McIntyre
After twenty two years, Bill Davis, the owner of Sonny’s BBQ in Tifton Georgia has decided to part ways with the Sonny’s BBQ franchise and to branch out on his own. His new restaurant is now called “Smokehouse Restaurant.” It is a family friendly atmosphere that supports America and God.
What caused this change?
On Sundays, former Sonny’s employees wore shirts with the American flag on it that said “I Pledge…I Pray” and Sonny’s considered this to be a dress code violation.
There is a trinket above the cash register that says “Jesus” which corporate did not approve of either. They require all Sonny’s restaurants to remain non-partisan about race, politics and religion.
Tifton’s Sonny’s BBQ franchise license expired in 2007. At this time, Sonny’s BBQ required all Sonny’s Restaurants to start selling beer, wine and whiskey. Mr. Davis did not want to do this so they gave him a two year extension to make this change. These major concerns could not be resolved so Sonny’s BBQ in Tifton closed its doors on November 30th, 2009.
Since then, everything has been changed to reflect the image of The Smokehouse Restaurant. We, at BPS Outdoor Media, had the pleasure of working with Mr. Davis to help him change his billboards. We support him and his decision and wish more people would be willing to stand up for what they believe in.
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