Dean’s Barbeque closing Dec. 31

Monica Spoon and Tim Mullins stop in for lunch at Dean’s Barbeque. (File Photo)

JONESBORO — After 68 years of serving the Clayton community, Dean’s Barbeque is closing its doors.

The family-owned business will serve its last helping of pulled pork Dec. 31.

“We’re all upset and I’m feeling a little lost,” said Jane Ward, Jessie Dean’s granddaughter.

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Ward grew up in the restaurant and has worked there for 32 years.

Customers, many of which have grown up eating Dean’s Barbeque, are also unhappy about the news.

“They’re coming in every day telling us we can’t close,” she said.

Ward said the restaurant’s shuttering is due to a family dispute.

“We’re meeting with our attorneys and we’re going to try and fight it, but it’s not looking good right now,” Ward said.

Jessie and Essie Dean opened the restaurant Dec. 31, 1947. Since their deaths, the business has remained in the hands of Dean’s children and grandchildren.

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