You never forget your hometown. Neither do we. All month long, come celebrate 56 years of Sonny’s and the man who started this smokin’ legacy. Every Wednesday this month, join us for $6 Pork Big Deals and $10 Pork & Rib Combos.

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Share your Sonny’s story

Whether it’s every Sunday with the family or your favorite spot to hang out, everyone’s got a Sonny’s story.

A Look at a Lasting Legacy

It all started with a man, a smoker, and a dream…


Founded by Original Pitmaster Sonny Tillman

On May 16, 1968, Sonny Tillman opened the doors to the very first Sonny’s on Waldo Road in Gainesville, Florida. It was a local, friendly BBQ joint with a simple mission: spread the spirit of BBQ.


First Franchised Sonny’s

Sonny kept on cookin’ up BBQ until 1971 when the first franchised Sonny’s opened up to serve slow-smoked favorites from pit to plate. 


A Smokin’ New Look 

While the past holds a place in our hearts, in 2013, we updated our look. With smokers up-front and our signature oak wood in the lobby, we put our Pitmasters front and center. 


Still your local BBQ joint 

Today, we may be in a few more places, but our seasoned Pitmasters are locals just like Sonny, and they know that nothin’ beats delicious BBQ slathered in Southern hospitality. 

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