12 BonesAfter several months of intense remodeling to one of Downtown Kingsport’s oldest buildings on Main Street, 12 Bones has opened their restaurant and whoa nellie is this place great! This new eatery has absolutely the best tasting ribs and country cooking you’ll find anywhere in Kingsport and has immediately become my favorite restaurant. I guess it’s both good and bad (for my diet) that it’s located only two blocks down from my office.

I met Keith Wilson and several guys working on the new press for Kingsport Times-News last Friday at 12 Bones and we all sat down to a big barbecue meal that had everyone talking and you will too too as they open up their doors for lunch and dinner this week.

Downtown developer and Twilight Alive organizer Jeff Lane has been working with Doug Beaty in Asheville for several months to bring this second restaurant to life. The first restaurant was built in Asheville and has been a tremendous success there for several years and they recently expanded their franchise to Main Street right next to Pappy’s Motorcycles. I was completely surprised to open their doors last Friday. I told my friends how unusual it was that it sounded like a busy restaurant in a busy city. That’s an unusual sensation in downtown Kingsport, but was a clamor of voices mingling with the clinking of plates and glasses and everyone seemed furious with their food as a scrumptious invisible smell of barbecue made my taste buds fall over themselves.

The daily specials and most of their menu are scribbled on blackboards behind the counter and there were plenty of people ready to help. Their first week opening the restaurant was serving just the lunch crowd as they worked out all the kinks and they seemed ready for prime time. The prices are very affordable and it was surprising to see such a variety on the menu. This place is way more than barbecue and french fries.

My choice for the day was the pulled pork barbecue sandwich. That gave me something to compare other restaurants and I ordered collard greens and jalapeño cheese grits along with a big iced tea. Total price was about $7.00 and they served my lunch on a big aluminum tray. Other folks in our party of big appetites ordered beef brisket, some order the side of ribs ($4.50) and some of the other side dishes included mashed sweet potatoes. When you order, there’s a counter with your drinks, condiments and various barbecue sauces including a sweet, a vinegar based sauce and my choice a wonderfully spicy green sauce made with jalapeños.

It didn’t take long to get our order and we all sat down to new tables and chairs in the middle of a wonderfully building whose exposed brick walls are painted with plenty of Kingsport nostalgia including a big ‘Ward’s Feed Store” painting. They have spared no expense inside and there are no shortcuts. The upstairs is still under construction and they plan on reserving that area for banquets in the future. The service was impeccable for a restaurant like this and Jeff and the staff should be very proud.

There’s no doubt in my mind 12 Bones will become a regular stop for me and my friends and this week they will open up the bar with plenty of great import beers ready to wash down some of the best vittles in our city. I’m also eager to taste their signature ribs too!

12 BonesAfter several months of intense remodeling to one of Downtown Kingsport’s oldest buildings on Main Street, 12 Bones has opened their restaurant and whoa nellie is this place great! This new eatery has absolutely the best tasting ribs and country cooking you’ll find anywhere in Kingsport and has immediately become my favorite restaurant. I guess it’s both good and bad (for my diet) that it’s located only two blocks down from my office.

I met Keith Wilson and several guys working on the new press for Kingsport Times-News last Friday at 12 Bones and we all sat down to a big barbecue meal that had everyone talking and you will too too as they open up their doors for lunch and dinner this week.

Downtown developer and Twilight Alive organizer Jeff Lane has been working with Doug Beaty in Asheville for several months to bring this second restaurant to life. The first restaurant was built in Asheville and has been a tremendous success there for several years and they recently expanded their franchise to Main Street right next to Pappy’s Motorcycles. I was completely surprised to open their doors last Friday. I told my friends how unusual it was that it sounded like a busy restaurant in a busy city. That’s an unusual sensation in downtown Kingsport, but was a clamor of voices mingling with the clinking of plates and glasses and everyone seemed furious with their food as a scrumptious invisible smell of barbecue made my taste buds fall over themselves.

The daily specials and most of their menu are scribbled on blackboards behind the counter and there were plenty of people ready to help. Their first week opening the restaurant was serving just the lunch crowd as they worked out all the kinks and they seemed ready for prime time. The prices are very affordable and it was surprising to see such a variety on the menu. This place is way more than barbecue and french fries.

My choice for the day was the pulled pork barbecue sandwich. That gave me something to compare other restaurants and I ordered collard greens and jalapeño cheese grits along with a big iced tea. Total price was about $7.00 and they served my lunch on a big aluminum tray. Other folks in our party of big appetites ordered beef brisket, some order the side of ribs ($4.50) and some of the other side dishes included mashed sweet potatoes. When you order, there’s a counter with your drinks, condiments and various barbecue sauces including a sweet, a vinegar based sauce and my choice a wonderfully spicy green sauce made with jalapeños.

It didn’t take long to get our order and we all sat down to new tables and chairs in the middle of a wonderfully building whose exposed brick walls are painted with plenty of Kingsport nostalgia including a big ‘Ward’s Feed Store” painting. They have spared no expense inside and there are no shortcuts. The upstairs is still under construction and they plan on reserving that area for banquets in the future. The service was impeccable for a restaurant like this and Jeff and the staff should be very proud.

There’s no doubt in my mind 12 Bones will become a regular stop for me and my friends and this week they will open up the bar with plenty of great import beers ready to wash down some of the best vittles in our city. I’m also eager to taste their signature ribs too!

You’ll see plenty of business people dining at 12 Bones. We saw Lucy Fleming and her posse from the chamber, Angela Vachon and her husband who are part of downtown’s recent success with Urban Synergy as well as Roger and Ann Goins. They all seemed quite satisfied with their plates. I finished out my lunch with Andy Brooks from Town and Country Realty talking about downtown revitalization and we both agreed that 12 Bones has a great future and I’ll plan to head back down the street again this week with a different set of friends as downtown Kingsport continues to serve up plenty of new surprises.

12 Bones Sign You’ll see plenty of business people dining at 12 Bones. We saw Lucy Fleming and her posse from the chamber, Angela Vachon and her husband who are part of downtown’s recent success with Urban Synergy as well as Roger and Ann Goins. They all seemed quite satisfied with their plates. I finished out my lunch with Andy Brooks from Town and Country Realty talking about downtown revitalization and we both agreed that 12 Bones has a great future and I’ll plan to head back down the street again this week with a different set of friends as downtown Kingsport continues to serve up plenty of new surprises