Pitt Stop BBQ restaurant marks 20 years of perfection

Updated: Jan. 30, 2017 at 10:25 PM CST
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Pitt Stop Bar-B-Que. (Source: KTRE)
Pitt Stop Bar-B-Que. (Source: KTRE)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For more than 20 years, Pitt Stop Bar-B-Que has made simple food and served their customers.

"I like to cook, I like to bake. I've always been shy until I came here and got to talking to people, and now my customers say all I do is talk," said Brenda Ellisor, the owner of the restaurant.

Now, the restaurant hidden in a nook of East Denman Street has earned a huge milestone: clean health inspections year after year.

"I have made hundreds for 20 years. You work hard and you take care of people," Ellisor said.

Owners Charles and Brenda Ellisor bought the place from the former owner in 1992.

"It's a family-like operation in here because every one of your customers become your family," said Jim Risinger, the former owner.

One customer can't get enough of the place and that's Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown.

"I love the chopped beef sandwich. And they will go back and get you a little green relish to go with it, and it makes it, tops it off well. It's just very special," Brown said.

One of the key practices that keeps the restaurant running is: organization and the constant cleaning.

However, as the owners celebrate their hard earned work, Brenda's husband, and co-owner is in the hospital in Houston and may have to undergo surgery.

"I really really miss him because we have never been apart in 20 years. We have worked together for 20 years. We walk home together, and we walk to work together," Ellisor said.

Despite missing her right-hand man, they continue to serve their famous barbecue to customers as they are ready to eat and keeping one motto alive.

"We all believe in cleanliness is next to godliness," Ellisor said.

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