Joe Williams: Cooper’s a success story

April 1, 2014 

Regarding the March 26 news article “Clyde Cooper’s on the move”: I ate barbecue at Clyde Cooper’s recently as I have many times since 1954.

As a freshman at N.C. State I soon learned that on Thursday nights we could get a half order of Brunswick stew, a large Pepsi in a bottle and all the hush puppies you could eat for 35 cents. Many of my classmates and I returned frequently for this bargain meal.

There was still a picture in the restaurant of Cooper by the cash register showing a 35-cent charge. He frequently reminded us that in the early days those boys at State College often told him he would never make it at the restaurant. He seemed proud to remind us that he had made it.

Joe Williams


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