Barbecue restaurant reopens after owners were killed in crash

Franchise owners rally to help Clarksville site
Posted at 8:50 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 23:51:47-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — If you couldn't tell by the sign out front, Whitt's Barbecue in Clarksville is back! Whitt's Barbecue has the basics from smoked meats and those famous sides, and they're known for their specials like their barbecue sandwiches.

However, at one point, the craving of barbecue here at this Clarksville restaurant didn't taste the same.

For three months, the restaurant was closed. Franchise owners Chip and Mitzi Barr died in a car crash in March.

“Since then, we just have been closed, trying to deal with legalities, trying to make sure all that was taken care, making sure the family was taken care of,” said Cheyenne Plank.

Franchise owners at other Whitt's locations in Middle Tennessee banded together to keep the business open and operating, including Cheyenne Plank's father.

“Our ultimate goal was to try to keep everything open still running; we wanted to try do it as seamless as possible, but that didn't just end up happening. But now we're open and that's all that matters,” Plank said.

Plank says the welcome back couldn't have been any sweeter.

“We've had lots of positive remarks, lots of 'oh my goodness, I'm so glad to have you back,'" said Plank.

They are in need of more employees at the Clarksville location after several looked for new jobs after the business temporary closed.

Applicants can apply online at or in person at the restaurant located 2030 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., Clarksville.