Beef Barn Closed

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

It was a place known for a sizzling steak or a succulent lobster any night of the week not to mention a vineyard of wine under one roof. But, tough times have forced one local restaurant, many consider a Greenville institution to stop service.

Owner Bob Simon and his wife Donna are closing the doors on the Beef Barn in Greenville.

Simon says the poor economy and a boom in chain restaurants have forced the couple to stop service since the restaurant opened in 1967.

Simon has been with the Beef Barn since 1983 and he and the restaurant have collected several awards over the years for its food and its extensive wine selection.

But, Simon says the customers and the 42 years of stories is what he will miss most.

Simon says, he and his wife will continue to run a catering business and use the restaurants to hold private banquets


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  • by isit2012yet? on Oct 29, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    We ate there last yr. Granted the food and Frank Sinatra atmosphere was nice but the price for the meals was beyond ridiculous.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Oct 7, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    I do not want to see anyone lose their business but there needs to be some reality. People eat where the food is better and cheaper. The chains do better because people like the food better. The Beef Barn did not have the best steaks. That is why they are gone. Stores can not compete with Wal-Mart because Wal-Mart is cheaper. If you want to stay in business and you are not a chain. Offer better food/services at a competitive price. If you can not do this you will go out of business. Uncle Yammies Rib Shack is doing very well because.....THEY ARE GOOD!!!
  • by Pigging out on Jul 31, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    Going to other chains is like a feeding freenzy. If people think they are going to get more food for the money they go for it. Kinda mind me when had to feed the hogs, slop slop. I support locals before the chains.
  • by WD Location: Greenville on Jul 31, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    I wonder how many of the folks complaining about the chains (Olive Garden/Outback/Applebees) forcing the Beef Barn to close shop at Wal-Mart.
  • by waltcallie Location: obx on Jul 31, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    hope all you olive garden/outback/applebees/etc.. fans are happy. this is what you get when you support those chains. one of the last great restaurants in eastern NC gone. keep it up and maybe the angus barn in raleigh or magnolia's in durham will be next.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    Talk about kicking a man when he is down, I thought people of Greenville had more class. Good luck Bob hope to see you opened again soon.
  • by Anonymous2 Location: Greenville, NC on Jul 30, 2009 at 10:22 PM
    My husband and I used to go there every weekend, but the food quality went way downhill. There is really no decent place to get a good steak in Greenville, unless you cook it yourself, or go to Raleigh and eat at Firebirds. Awesome!
  • by Not Surprised Location: NC on Jul 30, 2009 at 09:47 PM
    I chose to go there last fall to celebrate my birthday with my family. I was so disappointed because there was NO salad bar (had been discontinued) and the french onion soup was lukewarm. The prime rib was overpriced but good. I am sorry this has happened to this establishment, but to make money, sometimes you have to lose money.
  • by Leigh Location: Martin County on Jul 30, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    Always enjoyed dining there...great atmosphere and the food was always good.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 30, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    The quality of the food has gone down hill over the last few years, so much that I do not spend my money in there! It is highly overrated and there business closing is a direct reflection of their food quality! Back in 1963 they probably were the best.. unfortunately it is 2009 now, you must keep up with progress or move out the way of it. It is sad to see it close, but blaming it on chain resturants is a bit over kill.
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