PELL CITY -- Julie McClendon said she and her husband, Bryan, did a lot of praying before they opened B’s Grill in Eden, and now they just want to serve “some good home-cooked meals” for people in the community and maybe share a message or two.
“Every day we have a new Scripture on the board,” McClendon said, pointing to the Bible verse that was written with chalk on the board beside the front counter. “We have a lot of pastors and ministers in our family.”
The couple attends Christ Deliverance Christian Center in Talladega.
“We love our church family,” she said.
The idea of opening a restaurant in Pell City was sparked by their pastor, Timothy Embry.
“He’s raising leaders, not followers,” she said. “He wants leaders.”
After trying some of Bryan’s home-cooked ribs, Embry had his mind made up about the McClendon’s specialty.
“He said, ‘You need to sell these ribs,’” she said.
And now the McClendon’s are doing just that at B’s Grill.
“We want to make you fat and your belly full,” she said.
McClendon said they are not a barbecue restaurant.
“We’re more of a southern cooking or soul food restaurant,” she said.
B’s Grill offers not only ribs, but chicken wings, chicken tenders, catfish filets and pork chops, with a variety of homemade side dishes like macaroni and cheese, potato salad, green beans, onion rings, baked beans and more.
“We make a really good hamburger,” McClendon added.
But their specialty is ribs.
“My father-in-law (James) taught Bryan how to cook ribs and home-fried corn,” she said.
Her mother-in-law, Gloria, taught her how to cook many of the side dishes.
“I think everyone in the McClendon family can cook,” she said.
McClendon said she and her husband are originally from Indiana, but moved to Pell City 12 years ago, following Bryan’s father, who retired and moved back to his hometown, Talladega.
“It was an adjustment,” she said.
But, they have fallen in love with the community.
Their daughter, Brittney, graduated from Pell City High School in 2013, and she recently earned her degree in theater from South Dakota State University.
McClendon said her husband is at the restaurant when he is not working at his other fulltime job.
The restaurant was named “B’s” after Bryan and Brittney, she said.
“He said we should change the name to J’s Grill, because I’m here so much,” McClendon said.
They aim to please their customers, and if they have it, they’ll cook it.
“I had a girl come in yesterday,” McClendon said. “She just wanted a grill cheese sandwich. We don’t have grill cheese sandwiches on our menu, but I had what we need to make her a grill cheese sandwich and we did.”
B’s Grill also offers takeout, deliveries and catering services.
“We’re here for the customer,” said Bryan Mclendon.
The restaurant, 408 Cogswell Ave., Pell City, is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and from 11a.m., until there is no business on Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.