Boston Butt Pit-Stop…
Gathright realizing family dream
COOKING IT RIGHT Rev. Lavon Gathright checks on a Boston Butt cooking on a custom-made grill built into the wall at the Boston Butt Pit-Stop. The eatery, which opens today, is at the intersection of Eighth Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Meridian. Photo by Penny Randall/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
Oct. 1, 2003
Rev. Lavon Gathright experienced a great loss this year when his mother died in March. But in the shadow of that loss, he has experienced a blessing the opening of his own restaurant.
Today, he and his sister Gloria Johnson are opening the Boston Butt Pit-Stop at the intersection of Eighth Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Meridian.
The restaurant's food is take-out only and the menu is varied. Daily menu items include rotisserie chicken, Boston Butts, hot wings and Polish sausage. Plate lunches will be served up with a choice of meat and side items of baked beans, potato salad and bread.
Wednesday is beef brisket day and the Saturday special is ribs.
Gathright said all his meats are delicious, but Boston Butts are his specialty. The meat is covered with 10 different seasonings and slow-cooked for 12 to 14 hours in a custom grill built into the side of the building.
Another speciality will be Gathright's smoked turkeys which must be ordered two days in advance.
The Boston Butt Pit-Stop will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Gathright's mother inspired his dream, but he also gives a lot of credit to his father and his wife both of whom will help with the cooking.
But in the end, Gathright thanks his heavenly father for helping him fulfill his dream.
WANT TO GO?
What: Boston Butt Pit-Stop
Where: 803 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.