Collection: Tammy Hembrey Jones
Scanned by James Whitlow
The Jolly Pig Cafe was one of Walnut Ridge’s favorite eating and “hanging out” spots from the late 1930’s to the late 1950’s-early 1960’s.
Pictured above are Charles Hembrey, his niece and her friend.
Located on the corner of West Free and Southwest Front was a service station and next to the station was the Jolly Pig, which sat back off the highway, next to the alley. It served local clientele as well as those traveling U. S. Highway 67, a major highway that ran from the midwest to Texas.
Being open all night, I have been told that things got “rambunctious” after the clubs in Jackson County closed down for the night and the locals needed something to eat after a night of partying.
It also served as a stop for the Bus Companies that passed though Walnut Ridge. I was also told that there was a flashing neon sign of a “running pig”, but can’t detect this in the pictures. The Jolly Pig was replaced in the early 1960’s with the Big Star Grocery Store which is now the Family Dollar Store.