Hendersonville, North Carolina: Harry's Grill and Piggy's Ice

A restaurant decorated with dozens of rescued roadside advertising statues, and a full-size Hooterville Jail.
102 Duncan Hill Rd., Hendersonville, NC
At the corner of Duncan Hill and 7th Ave., where 7th and Route 64 split.
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Harry's Grill.

Harry's Grill and Piggy's Ice

At Harry's Grill, the kids loved playing I Spy as we waited for our food!

[Angela Johnson, 08/04/2014]

Harry's Grill.

Harry's Grill and Piggy's Ice

Yes. This. Is. Awesome. Didn't eat here because we went past on a Sunday, but it was worth it.

[Mysi, 03/31/2014]

Yogi and Boo Boo.

Harry's Grill and Piggy's Ice

Previous tipsters' claims that the Yogi and Boo Boo statues at Harry's were originally from a California burger chain never sounded plausible to me. I mean, there are plenty of Yogi Bear statues around, especially at Jellystone Park campgrounds, which there seem to have been a number of here in North Carolina. So the notion that a Yogi statue in the mountains of North Carolina originated in California just didn't seem quite right. And it turns out, it's not. I ran into Harry when I stopped by recently and, according to him, Yogi stood in front of a restaurant in the nearby town of Lake Lure for over 25 years, and before that he was at a neighboring campground. As for Boo Boo, he was cast locally from a mold made from one of the statues of the North Carolina-based Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken chain. So both statues are North Carolina natives and not California transplants. Harry's a great guy, by the way. He gave me a pretty lengthy tour of both the restaurant and the next door antique shop, even though it was Sunday and both businesses were closed.

[Dean Jeffrey, 07/31/2012]

Animal statues.

Harry's Grill and Piggy's Ice

Many cartoon and other figures are on the roof and in front of this restaurant. Indoors there's lots of antiques and oddities, including an A&P sign, items from many old extinct businesses, old toys and figures, and even a Col. Sanders. This place has been here since the 1950s.

[B Carter, 05/01/2012]
Harry's Grill and Piggy's Ice

I want to confirm Brian Boyle's comments about the Yogi Bear and Boo Boo Bear statues: I worked for Yogi Bear Hamburgers in the late 60s in Sacramento. We sold 5 Yogi burgers for a dollar. Our premier burger was the Ranger Burger which came on an onion roll bun with two patties, lettuce, tomato, pickle and our "secret sauce." Of course, we could add or subtract any condiment you wanted on your burgers, per your request. The company was owned by Lloyd Heap who, as legend has it, was originally in upper management of the Jack-in-the-Box chain and who was allowed to use the blueprints of their drive-through restaurants for his start-up Yogi Bear restaurant. The original unit on Arden Way was an exact copy of the early Jack in the Box stores. A second unit was built in 1968 near the corner of Madison and Manzanita in Carmichael. That building has since been torn down. We indeed had employees who wore full size Yogi and Boo Boo suits out on the property to entice passers-by to come on in. The Yogi suit was large enough to fit most males and the Boo Boo suit was smaller. Most of the new hires had to start out wearing the suits, then progressing inside to work the drinks, fryers, windows and eventually the grill. I went out in the Yogi suit a couple of times, just for fun. It was quite liberating....you could act like a complete fool and no one knew who you were.

[John, 07/09/2010]

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