This response came from Ina Rollins Sims:
“I graduated from New Hanover High School in 1944. The first Ralph Rollins who owned Rollins BBQ was my father. It was a ‘mom and pop’ thing with my mother, Mildred Rollins. When he retired, my brother, Ralph Rollins, Jr., and his wife, Macie Garmon Rollins, took over. Only my sister-in-law, Macie Rollins is still living. She recently turned 90 and lives with her daughter in Florida. She had Rollins BBQ cooked by her grandson for her birthday party.
“You’re right about the BBQ, it was wonderful. That restaurant was listed in Gourmet Magazine for places to eat BBQ. The Brunswick stew, the corn cakes, the slaw and the signature hot sauce weren’t bad either.”
“Ralph Rollins was my grandpa,” writes Diana Barefoot. “He would smoke those whole pigs in the little building out back over a hickory fire all day until the meat was falling off the bones.”
“I would ride my horse over to the barbecue place, tie her up outside and go in to get treated with a sandwich and corncakes and an Orange Crush. Everyone loved the whole cucumbers in the small-neck bottles and wondered how he got them in there.”
Mark LeGwin remembers a trip to Rollins as a big treat.
“Seems that we would eat there on special occasions, ride the ponies in Winter Park, and sometimes play Putt-Putt,” he said.
Date posted: June 7, 2010
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