Hillbilly’s restaurant held its grand opening on Tuesday, Aug. 1, in LaFayette.
The restaurant is in the former location of Charlie’s Café located in the LaFayette square beside The Bank of LaFayette.
Owner Dana Burrows moved here in July 2014 from Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., where he had a previous location for a Hillbilly’s restaurant.
After being encouraged to open in the former Charlie’s Café by local attorney David Cunningham, Burrows thought about it and decided to open up the new Hillbilly’s location, Burrows said.
Burrows is leasing the building and plans to extend services to include a small salad bar for the weekends.
The cafeteria-style service does not include waiters and waitresses and tips are not allowed.
The restaurant is designed to get the customer in and out as quickly as possible as a convenience to the patrons.
Wait time — from order, through the cafeteria-style buffet, to the time the customer begins to eat — is less than five minutes, Burrows said.
Hillbilly’s is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is closed Sundays and Mondays.
Saturday mornings are called “Pajama Saturdays” when the staff and customers are asked to dress in pajamas. This is a gimmick that worked well in the previous location that allows customers to get up in the mornings and go get a good breakfast without the worry of getting “dressed up” to enjoy a meal.
Friday and Saturday nights is called “Overalls Nights,” when patrons and staff are encouraged to wear overalls.
Once customers finishes their meal, there is no need to bus the trays, as the staff will clean up after the patrons exit the establishment.
Friday and Saturday nights include a variety of dinner options such as include beer-battered fish, fried shrimp, baby back ribs, chopped steak and BBQ pork plates, just to name a few of the items available.
Tuesday through Thursday hours are for patrons who need to fit in a meal and be able not to worry about the long wait time to settle up and exit. It is geared for those on the go.
The prices are reasonable and designed for everyone to be able to afford, Burrows said.
“Come by and check us out,” Burrows said. “The reason we are set up this way is to get you in and out in a timely manor and make it affordable for everyone.”