Those That Have Gone On Before Us -
But Remain In Our Hearts
Uncle Tom, the founder Uncle Tom's BBQ and Gun Shop in 1919 on Franklin Road in Roanoke, VA.
Ippy There is so much to say about this restaurant legend that one paragraph would not do it justice. One of the first to have an ABC license in the state. One of the first to have a 400 seater. This is what all the memories of the 70's and 80's were made of. Raised in the restaurant by his parents Uncle Tom and Mamajo, Ippy knew this business inside and out. We miss him dearly and our only wish is that we have carried on the family name successfully and made him proud.
This was the sweetheart of the family. She was Uncle Tom's wife and a beloved Grandmother to Tommy and Jo Dee. This wonderful woman loved to cook and would feed the neighborhood where the kids grew up. She was the other half of the great man, Uncle Tom. She worked along side him for more than 40 years
Shelia, Ippy's wife and mother to Jo Dee and Tommy is still around causing trouble. You can usually find Ms. Shelia in the Ippy's kitchen cooking up your lunch order, Monday - Friday from 11am-2pm.
Tommy, is Shelia and Ippy's son and Jo Dee's brother. These two are thick as thieves. Tommy is the "The Grill Master" and meat cutting master. He and his wife Stacy have three children. Tommy, like his father, can sometimes be heard carrying on the restaurants tradition of yelling "HOT FOOD FIRST!" at any lagging wait staffer.
Jo Dee, is Shelia and Ippy's daughter and Tommy's sister. She is the other half of "The Grill Master" team. You can find her side by side with her brother cooking up their famous steaks and entrées. Jo Dee has one son, who can occasionally be found working at the restaurant on weekends.
Gayle Gayle has been with the Ippy's Family for over 7 years. She is both Manager and Catering Coordinator for the restaurant, and can be found there during lunch and dinner several days a week. Mother of 3 and wife to a local dairy farmer...this hard-workin' gal is also among the ranks of our most elite servers at Ippy's (that is if you're lucky enough to get her as your waitress). Ray Ray worked with Ippy and Sheila for many many years. He is so much a part of the family that his request for a huge steak on the Ippy's menu was named after him.
The Crew -
The Wait Staff
If you ask us, our highly trained wait staff are some of the best in the business. Fast and friendly is what they strive for. Working hard to serve TWO masters...you (of course) and "The Grill Masters". Ask them about our SPECIALS...if they don't know, tell them they owe you a FREE cup of coffee!
The Bar Staff
Our bar staff is the life of the party in Ippy's Lounge. Each was specifically recruited to see that you have a fantastic night in our one-of-a-kind bar! Serving beer, wine, and a full cabinet of liquors, these kids can whip up some awesome cocktails! Bartenders offer a full restaurant menu during dinner hours, and a select bar menu later in the evening. Come Eat, Drink, Dance, and Play!!
The Kitchen Guys
Don't mess with these dudes! Answering solely to "The Grill Masters", these fellas know where their loyalties lie. It's their job to ensure that every meal leaving the grill is handed over in top form! If "The Grill Masters" are the head of the kitchen, these boys are the neck and shoulders that allow them to stay firmly on their task.
1760 North Main Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151 Phone: 540.489.5600
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