The Greenbrier Restaurant Building was originally built in 1952 by Jack Webb as a take out only, one room structure. Not only was the building hand built by Jack, but also some of the tables that you will eat on were built by him. It Has been enlarged and remodeled several times by several different owners. The last time was in 1993 by the present owners, the Evans family. Even though the kitchen was completely updated, the original rustic decor was left intact in the dining rooms. Fact is the signs you see in the picture to the left were the original signs!
The Evans Currently Have two Restaurants- Catfish Inn, 7 miles west of Athens on U.S. 72 and the Old Greenbrier Restaurant. Catfish Inn was opened by the Evans Family in 1971.
In the early years of Greenbrier, country music stars used to sit on top of the building, and sing to bring in the crowds. The narrow two-lane road in front of the building was the main highway between Decatur & Huntsville and still has the name of "Old Highway 20". It was first replaced by Highway 20 and now I-565.
Before public water lines were made available in the area, the well for the restaurant would often go dry. Water had to be hand carried from the cotton gin across the street. The catfish we now serve are pond raised, grain fed fish that are federally inspected. Back in the good 'ole days the river fish that were served were kept in a barrel out back until they were ordered by the customer. (Thank goodness some things have changed!).
The actual structure has always been owned by the Horton Family of Downtown Greenbrier. After Webb, came the Berzett family, who now own Greenbrier Bar-B-Que, 2 miles south of Greenbrier Restaurant. Our Restaurant now Specializes in catfish, seafood, and B-B-Q'ed items. We also do parties and catering for any event. If We, the Evans Family, can be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to ask.
Come and visit us soon we are open 10:00am-8:30pm 7 days a week!