Thank you Shelby County…. you just shut another one down…. After 99 years in business, Leonard’s Pit Barbecue is for sale

For 99 years, Leonard’s Pit Barbecue has served Memphis slow-cooked pit barbecue. It’s one of those places that is filled with memories for lifelong Memphians.

Now, this beloved Memphis barbecue restaurant is for sale.

“It will be 100 years old next year. We hope to keep it in local hands,” said Stephen Hoffman, broker for Myers Commercial Real Estate.

Owner Dan Brown has worked at Leonard’s since he was 15. He said thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now time to retire.

“The decision was financial and my age,” said Brown, who is 74 years old.

“I am not a wealthy man. All I had was this business and now all my money is gone,” said Brown, citing that he is now doing only 31% of his pre-pandemic revenue.

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