Alabama Barbecue Robbery: Gunman Takes Down Miss Myra’s In Vestavia

Miss Myra’s Pit Barbecue was taken down Friday, May 15th 2015. This is one of the finest barbecue joints in the state of Alabama and I imagine a posse is riding hard right now to round up the brigand who invaded the restaurant.

May Heaven help the perp if old Randall Joe from Cullman gets to him. That man really loves Alabama barbecue and he rolls heavily armed every time he leaves the house.

It was around 8:30 pm Friday evening, a half hour before close, when a Black gentleman wearing all-red walked into the restaurant.

He was carrying a semi-automatic pistol.

I’ve spent many a Friday evening at Miss Myra’s, formerly Rountree’s Hickory Pit. It was one of my favorite smoked meat houses when I was in culinary school in Alabama and I regularly ran out to Cahaba Heights from Southside to eat their superb, crispy-skinned barbecue chicken with white sauce.

They also serve one of the best potato salads I’ve ever eaten in any restaurant…anywhere.

The unidentified robber relieved the gathered patrons of their belongings in addition to taking the day’s receipts from the restaurant.

This being Alabama, he’s fortunate that he didn’t find himself on an earlier-than-planned celestial departure as many Alabamans exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

Years back, a Shoney’s in Anniston was being robbed and a tough old redneck who happened to be inside told the robbers “I wouldn’t do that if I were you”

When I say tough, I mean tough as he never even showed his gun. His tone was so full of menace that the would-be robbers immediately fled.

Miss Myra’s will survive. They survived the death of founder Clark Rountree in 1996 (RIP) and they’ve weathered the economic storms that all long-running businesses suffer.

A recipe for Clark Rountree’s White Barbecue Sauce is here

3278 Cahaba Heights Rd
Vestavia, AL 35243

Mon 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun Closed

About RL Reeves Jr

I'm a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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