Summertime is here and HWY-70 is filled with packed family vehicles headed to the change of scenery and wide-open activities that our coast provides. Cars and Trucks have changed over the last 58 years from the neat lines of city exec sedans and leaded gasoline single cab fishing trucks to electric-powered Teslas and Suburbans hauling center console boats destined for shoals. Pit House History has stood like a rock in the current of tourists ebbing and flowing to the Atlantic through the decades. Halfway between Chapel Hill and Morehead City sits Wilbers BBQ at 4172 US HWY-70, Goldsboro, NC. The go-to beach trip intermission for so many since 1962. When you say you're from Goldsboro there are two expected replies, "We always stop at Wilber's BBQ, we love Wilber's", and "Goldsboro,..That's Seymour Johnson Air Force base, right, the kids love hearing and seeing the jets." Yes.
Wilbers BBQ has undergone a $500,000 renovation in time for the 2020 Season. Carolina Bay Construction answered the call for the contract from Wilber's new ownership group led by
Willis Underwood. Jeremy Tillman started Carolina Bay Construction and Renovation in 2012
with a core focus on commercial and residential renovations. The last eight years have honed Tillman's specialty of turning rough, rotten, and neglected buildings into modernized, solid, and
shining real estate investments. Complete Renovation is what Carolina Bay does. Tillman says that the entire Wilber's kitchen including the concrete slab floor were removed and replaced. The updated Wilbers now has all new plumbing, electrical, floors, kitchen, and the 4 small bathrooms have been converted to 2 large bathrooms. When inspecting the Pit House out back, it was clear that it was time for a new ceiling that met fire and health codes. Jeremy says that after three ceiling screws were removed the entire ceiling came crashing down. Carolina Bay brought in 24 gauge stainless sheets and a new industrial-strength lighting system to serve as the updated ceiling in the house that has cooked pigs by the thousands. Wilbers had a small glass room entrance to buffer the dining room against rain and weather. This has been replaced by a covered porch and handicap accessibility ramp which required railings. This is where Metalcrafters came in. Tillman says that he called on Metalcrafters to custom build, paint, and install the new railings because he was aware of their experienced craftsmanship, deep history in Wayne County, and he knew he could get the quality railing that was wanted fast.
Wilber's BBQ is shooting to have their soft opening the last week of June in preparation for full-throttle 4th of July Weekend. Jermey's favorite detail on the renovation project is the Walk-in Wow. Folks will be welcomed by the familiar and nostalgic pine-paneled dining room walls that they grew up with while also seeing a new bar clad in smoked tobacco leaves, new floors, lights, a to-go station, and register check-out station. The unique tobacco leaf bar counters are coated in clear acrylic and made by Artisan Leaf Designs out of Wilson. They're cool. Wilber's is working on their beer and wine license which they hope to have by football season for fans to enjoy a chilly one while watching their favorite teams pass the pigskin.
I don't know about you but I can't wait to hit the all new-old Wilber's BBQ this July 4th weekend, order a plate, large sweet tea, and listen to the F-15 Es roar across the sky.
Carolina Bay Construction and Maintenance LLC helped built a Smart Home for a great American Warrior and wonderful father USMC Retired Gunnery Sgt. Thomas McRae. This smart home was built to make households task much easier for McRae and his daughter.