Hendersonville's barbecue options are expanding.
Jimmy's BBQ Place opened on Asheville Highway on Monday and Moe's Original Barbecue will open in the next few days on North Main Street across from the Historic Courthouse.
Jimmy Parham, who operated Tarheel Mold Specialties on Francis Road for about 15 years, opened Jimmy's Barbecue at 1201 Asheville Highway on Monday.
"Everything's wood smoked," he said.
Parham said he had smoked chicken and pork most of his life, always to high praise.
"So far I've not had anybody that didn't like it," he said. "They said, 'Why don't you do this for pay?'"
Now he is.
The menu includes a pulled pork plate ($8.59), pulled chicken ($8.99) and chicken tenders ($7.99) with two sides and hushpuppies. Sides are coleslaw, roasted apples, potato salad, collard greens, pork and beans, macaroni and cheese, French fries and redneck caviar — black-eyed peas, black beans, diced tomatoes, red and green peppers, onions and black olives. The menu also includes sandwich baskets and a kids menu.
The chief cook is Ronnie Raines, who cooked at the old Peddler, which started on King Street and moved to White Street, and the Tractor Shed, which succeeded the Peddler.
The restaurant was built as a Howard Johnson's in 1965, Parham said. It later became the home of Perkins pancake restaurant and has housed a variety of other eateries.
Moe's Original Barbecue, which is opening in the old Expressions space at 114 N. Main St., also serves pit-cooked pork and chicken barbecue and a variety of side dishes.
Dave Rice, who will co-own the restaurant with Erik Chandler, said on Monday that the downtown barbecue place may have a soft opening as soon as Friday.
"We're really excited to be opening right in the middle of peak season," he said. "We're happy to be in Hendersonville and we're looking forward to serving people good food."