Barnyard BBQ in Teays Valley had some unexpected customers when several members of the Harlem Globetrotters stopped by for lunch.
"It was pretty exciting," said Crystal Tincher, restaurant owner. "There were six or seven of them. They just showed up. They gave autographs and had their pictures taken."
The Globetrotters played in Charleston Tuesday night and were scheduled to play in Huntington on Wednesday night. While staying at a hotel in Teays Valley, they asked for suggestions of good places to eat and Barnyard BBQ was recommended, she said.
They stopped for lunch on Tuesday and ordered salmon, sides and an assortment of meats, including beef brisket, pork, chicken and hickory-smoked baby back ribs.
"They were feasting; that's for sure," she said.
They enjoyed the food so much that they hoped to return for another meal while in the area, she said.
"I'm ready for them and any other business we get," she said.
On Tuesday afternoon, they posed for pictures with other customers as well as employees.
"It was an honor for us, being a mom-and-pop restaurant," she said.
Her business started in October 2010 when she held a yard sale along with a hot dog sale to raise funds for a playground for her day care center and preschool. The event raised $500 in one weekend. She soon bought a smoker from another restaurant and began selling barbecue.
Barnyard BBQ is now housed in a 5,600-square-foot building with a seating capacity of 200. She owns the building where she already had a day care and preschool operating in the upper portion. The lower level that was previously rented out became home to the restaurant.