The Pit. Searcy AR. Known for good eating in 1967.

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The old Pit Drive In

This advertisement for The Pit in Searcy AR is in a 1967 yearbook.  1967 is the year that I made Searcy my home so I'm trying to remember as much as I can about The Pit.

Sleuths will set me straight if I mess up.

Seems that I remember it being on East Race Street quite a ways out from downtown Searcy. I'm thinking it was the place known for its fried chicken that you could pick up and carry home instead of frying the bird yourself.

Remembering "frying the bird myself" as I used to do reminds me of the day that I decided never to do that again.  The stove in my house had no ventahood so the smell stayed and stayed in the kitchen and in the house.  I tried oven frying for awhile and that worked a bit better but eventually I decided to buy it precooked.  Kentucky Fried may have been coming into Searcy about that time but I seem to remember picking up chicken at this Pit.

So, Sleuths, if you read this, tell us more about this popular place in Searcy AR.

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Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, you were such a friendly soul way back then!  And you still are and that is why you have so many friends, including myself now and I didn't even grow up here!  You reach out.....you are a gem.  I may nominate you for some award.........

Callie, that is a good description.  This picture makes the building look symetrical so were there two drive-throughs?  It was nice for this restaurant to cater to the young people.

Apr 12, 2014 10:25 PM #5
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Tom Gather

I remember my mother worked there when I was a child. The chicken breasts they cooked looked as big as a basketball to me and the five for a dollar burgers were so good. My mother was Mary Gather incase someone remembers her.

Dec 14, 2014 12:17 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Tom, thanks for commenting.  I'll bet some folks will remember your mother.

Dec 14, 2014 08:37 PM #7
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Callie (Feagin) Dunavin

Following up on my post from 4/12/14 and Barbara's question. I remember there being only one drive-through window but off to the right there was a horizontal extension (parallel to Race Street) with places where cars could pull in so people could eat in their cars. I don't remember there being individual car service, like Sonic. Seems like my dad would go to the window to pick up our food and bring it to the car. Maybe. I don't remember any other menu items except hamburgers and fries. That was probably because with the low prices, that's all my parents ordered for us. This is the only place I remember that we ate out when I was little and I'm sure it's because my parents could feed the family for very little. And I do remember exactly where it was. Whenever I drive down Race Street now, I "feel" the places that used to be there.

Aug 09, 2015 09:59 AM #8
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Jeff Dutton

I remember 4 for a $1 in the early 70's. Drive up to the window and pull back to the overhang and eat. It was across the street and a little east of White co. Hospital

Aug 09, 2015 10:57 AM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Callie, I loved your description of the restaurant and especially loved your description of driving down Race St and "feeling" those old places.

Jeff, I wish we could still buy at those 70's prices.

Aug 10, 2015 09:54 PM #10
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Marvin

I remember going in the early seventies and when the burgers went from 5 for a dollar to 4 for a dollar. I think they started at 6 for a dollar before that. There were pits like at today's sonic except they were just a shade made from green fiberglass in the shape of tin that we could park under while we ate in the vehicle. It was always where I wanted to go when mom and dad went to town. It was right beside Uncle Dudley's(if anyone remembers it) and across Race Street from the hospital entrance and before Colson's oil going traveling from west to east.

Jan 17, 2016 07:42 AM #11
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Dale S

The pit was awesome! Didn't know they did chicken. We always got the 6 hamburgers for a dollar. We would get $10.00 worth and pig out. My older siblings use to talk about the slab of concrete behind the covered parking area. They said in the 50s and early 60s they had a jute box out there where they would dance on the weekends.

Jan 17, 2016 11:15 AM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Marvin, those are good memories, aren't they.  I did not realize what "pits" were and that may have been the reason for the name.

Dale S, 10 x 6?  That would be 60 burgers!!  WOW!  You really could "pig out!"

Jan 17, 2016 08:46 PM #13
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Teresa Reed

I remember the pit ,we would get the 6 for 100 burgers and head to the dixie drive Inn wow that was the good old days ,I do believe the pit was across from white county hospital ! U had uncle dudles an it was back behind there

Apr 01, 2016 01:35 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Teresa, I think you were right!  I do remember Uncle Dudleys store.

 

Apr 01, 2016 09:30 PM #15
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KATRINA Horton

My step father owned the pit at one time.

Jul 02, 2016 08:22 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Katrina, thanks for the information.  Who was your stepfather?

Jul 02, 2016 10:40 PM #17
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James L Wyatt

Nick Rand and his wife owned the Pit for years, Nick was my customer for years, great people, great food. Bucket of chicken to go?In the sixties he had a very thin hamburger cooked on the grill with onion, pickle, and mustard, 5 for a dollar sometime in the 60 ties. True.

May 11, 2017 06:15 PM #18
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Jane Lee

I remember the pit my husband & I moved to Judsonia in June of 1970. We could take our kids on friday night & eat 5/$1 burgers. Also it was next door to Uncle Dudleys. Does anyone remember that I remember mrs Lola Glover worked there her sister was the owner.

May 12, 2017 04:15 PM #19
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James, my favorite hamburger is still a very thin one with mustard, ketchup, pickle and onion.  Bet those were delicious!

May 12, 2017 05:34 PM #20
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Jane, I remember Uncle Dudley's.  It must have been one of the original discount stores.  I don't remember buying anything there but I do remember the store.  

May 12, 2017 05:35 PM #21
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Debbie

What year did the Pit close? Anyone remember?

Aug 16, 2017 04:32 PM #22
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Vern

The Pit was probably best known for the 6 hamburgers for $1.00. It also had a concrete pad out back with a jute box where the teens would hang out and dance.

May 09, 2018 01:56 PM #23
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Vern, can you imagine 6 burgers for a dollar now?  Bring back the old times!  LOL

May 09, 2018 02:02 PM #24
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