This June, Van’s Pig Stands, Oklahoma’s oldest single family-owned Bar-B-Q restaurant, is celebrating 85 years in the business.
Van’s Pig Stands has been a Vandegrift family tradition since the 1920s. Leroy Vandegrift got his start in the restaurant business while working in the oilfields in early 1900’s by selling breakfast and lunch to his coworkers in the field. In 1928, Leroy opened his first Van’s Pig Stand in Wewoka, OK. The same year that his brother Briggs opened a Van’s Pig Stand in Wichita Falls, TX. They opened another pair in 1929, in Seminole, OK and Wichita, KS. On June 5, 1930, Leroy opened his third Pig Stand location at 714 Highland in Shawnee, OK, which moved across the street to its present location five years later. Wanting to keep Van’s a family-owned and operated business, Leroy passed the restaurant onto his son, Jerry Vandegrift. The family tradition continues into 2015. Jerry oversees the business, while the day-to-day operations are managed by the third generation which includes Jerry’s son, Jev Vandegrift, and Jerry’s daughter and son-in-law, Mark and Nina Shuman. This long standing family tradition makes Van’s Pig Stands the oldest single family-owned and operated Bar-B-Q restaurant in the State of Oklahoma.
Van’s Pig Stands has been doing Bar-B-Q right since 1930, and has been an Oklahoma tradition for decades. Famous for their hickory-smoked ribs, brisket and Pig Sandwiches, customers across the state and even across the country consider Van’s among the nation’s top barbecue restaurants. There are currently 4 Van’s Pig Stands locations, two in Shawnee, OK, one in Norman, OK and one in Moore, OK.
On June 5th, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Head Hog Jerry Vandegrift will spend the afternoon at the original location at 717 E Highland St in Shawnee. “Van’s Fans are a part of our family and our history and we love to hear their stories,” said Jev Vandegrift. “Everyone is invited to stop by and visit with Jerry to share personal stories and memories.” Trifecta Communications of Moore, OK will have a film crew present to capture the shared memories and document the day.
Van’s will share in the celebration with their loyal customers by placing their famous Pig Sandwich on sale for $2.85 for the month of June.
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