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Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Winston the Steakhouse Bull

A big bull has stood in this location, off and on, since 1957. For a few years it was mobile on a trailer, then it vanished in 2014. In 2020 an identical bull from a Winston-Salem meat shop was purchased and moved to Winston's old spot.

Fratellis Italian Steakhouse

2000 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC
Fratellis Italian Steakhouse. NW of Winston-Salem, north of Coliseum Drive, on west side of Reynolda Rd.
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Winston the Bull

Saw the recent post about Winston the Bull. The other bull, the one that stood in front of Staley's, is in private hands. The Winston-Salem Journal ran an article claiming that the bull in front of Fratellis was the same one that had been at Staley's. A few days later the private owner of Staley's bull -- Steve Newsom of Forsyth Rooter Service -- came forward, and they ran a piece about him.

[Strange Carolinas, 09/11/2020]

Bull statue.

Fratelli's Italian Steakhouse Bull

The bull at Fratellis Italian Steakhouse was previously perched on poles outside a local butcher shop. It's now standing in for a missing bull statue (and its successors) that once stood outside the old Staley's Charcoal Steak House for the past sixty years or so. Glad to see this one's been repurposed, but I wonder what happened to the bull that used to be here.

[Dean Jeffrey, 09/02/2020]

Bull on poles.

Big Cow at Thrif-Way Meats

There's another big cow in Winston at a butcher shop called Thrif-Way Meats. I don't know the history of this one. I don't remember seeing it when I lived in Winston in the '80s, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it wasn't there (And that's not a typo -- the business really is called Thrif-Way).

[Dean Jeffrey, 12/31/2011]

This cow was purchased and moved in 2020 to replace the other big cow.

Steakhouse Bull on a trailer.

Steakhouse Bull at Old Staley's Grill

There's a couple of those steakhouse giant cow statues in Winston-Salem. One is on a trailer next to a place that actually used to be a vintage steakhouse. Staley's Charcoal Steak House was open from 1957 to 2003, and the cow was a regular fixture during that time. Several restaurants have been there since the closing of Staley's, but the current one, known as Old Staley's Grill & Ale, has retained the big cow. Glad to see it's still around.

[Dean Jeffrey, 12/31/2011]

Built in 1957, the bull -- known locally as "Winston the Bull," or "The Staley's Bull" -- is 11 feet tall and 21 feet long. It disappeared in 1968, 1990, and 2012 when the restaurant changed owners, but it has always returned.

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