Goodtimes Bar-b-cue held a four-year anniversary celebration recently, featuring live music and a buffet.
Jason Duggins and Kenneth Eaton are co-owners and operators of the restaurant, having opened Goodtimes without either one of them possessing food industry experience.
Duggins said that the idea to open a restaurant presented itself as he and Eaton were nearing the age of 40 and decided that they wanted to do something meaningful.
“It was a passion of ours, we both love cooking,” Duggins said.
Duggins explained that the two friends originally started brewing beer together, adding that they would invite a group of friends to come over to their houses to eat, drink and play music.
“Barbecue is a lot more fun, slow cooking meat, spending all day and all night doing it,” Duggins said, adding that once they started brewing beer together, they quickly transitioned to cooking barbecue.
Before opening Goodtimes, Duggins worked at Champion Industries and Eaton installed gas stations.
After starting their foray into barbecue cooking, Duggins said that they started catering events and a demand for their product quickly developed.
As for their approach to cooking barbecue, Duggins said that Goodtimes is unique in the fact that it uses cherry wood to add extra flavor to the meat.
“We didn’t want to stick to the traditions of barbecue,” Duggins said.
“It’s pretty self-explanatory,” Duggins said of the name of the restaurant, citing the brewing and cooking parties that started it all.
“It was always a good time, so it seemed suitable to call it Goodtimes,” Duggins said.
Another passion that Duggins and Eaton have in common is their mutual love of music, which they have incorporated into Goodtimes with a stage and live performances throughout the summer.
The beers that Goodtimes offers are primarily North Carolina craft beers.
“There’s too many good beers in the state to out source,” Eaton said. “We’ve really tried to push local.”
Duggins and Eaton said that their hopes for the restaurant are humble, explaining that they just want to be able to make a living and be successful.
“We want to sell food that we’d want to eat, not sell,” Duggins said.
As for the future of Goodtimes, Eaton said that they will be adding a food truck to their offerings in the next few months.
“It’s been a crazy ride, the craziest thing I’ve ever done before,” Duggins said of the first four years that Goodtimes has been in business.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.