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Pig & Chick offers best in Southern hospitality

May 21st, 2012 1:16 pm by Susan Kendrick Lauhoff

Pig & Chick offers best in Southern hospitality

Twenty-five years of marriage and "tons of stories" later, Marty and Richard Beets are still in-love best friends who work hard together and share their restaurant as if all who visit are guests in their home.

The Pig & Chick began as a love story, when two people who did not know of each other started praying for their future spouses.


When the two had their first date, Marty and Richard Beets talked for six hours and learned that, over the years, they had frequently been in the same place at the same time - each unaware of the other. Marty is from Johnson City and Richard from Rogersville. Twenty-five years of marriage and "tons of stories" later, they are still in-love best friends who work hard together and share their restaurant as if all who visit are guests in their home.


It was while living in Savannah, Ga., that Marty and Richard started cooking for friends while fairly homebound as they cared for their son, Alex, who suffered through a disease that eventually took his life at age 13. Many of the yummy dishes The Pig & Chick serves today are results of the couple’s expertise and experiments in the kitchen when sharing with those friends.


After returning to Northeast Tennessee, the Beets were encouraged to open a restaurant by many who had enjoyed feasts they had created. With the help of daughter, Ellen, and Marty’s mother, Cleo, The Pig & Chick was opened in 2004 in the same place that once housed a "gentleman’s club" owned by a part-time Santa for Macy’s in New York City.


Southern hospitality is felt immediately upon entering The Pig & Chick. Marty graciously welcomes you.


"We speak to everyone who comes in several times because we want our customers to know how much we appreciate them," Marty said.


But that is only a smidgen of the comfort you’ll enjoy after tasting the food. The restaurant has a beautifully designed menu featuring many delicious choices. With a twinkle in his eye, Richard offered, "We want to satisfy everyone. Good size portions, country cooking, barbecue and steaks with many sides. The white beans and ham is from our Savannah days. All the food is fresh and made in-house."


Melt-in-your-mouth potato salad and the perfect hint of twang in the cornbread salad with Richard’s meats is a taste of heaven on earth.


Famous people love good cooking too and the Wall of Celebration, a collection of faces who have enjoyed the food and charm of the Beets, reflects visits from Blake Shelton and Vince Gill. Two pallbearers in Johnny Cash’s funeral were overheard in the hearse discussing The Pig & Chick’s banana pudding and Vince Gill wouldn't do an encore for a local cheering crowd until some of Marty’s famous dessert was brought to him on stage.


Dining in The Pig & Chick is a treat for the soul. Located east of Rogersville at 5020 Highway 11W, they serve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. Call 423-272-4448 for dine-in, take-out, or Sugar Beets Catering. To learn more about the food, services or the sweet love story that inspired the Beets, visit www.pigandchick.com. Or better yet, come in yourself. Marty and Richard are happy to sit down and share their story while you eat in their "home of swine dining."

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