Speights, founder of Leon’s Pig Pen, where businessmen, judges

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canada goose outlet phone number Leon B. Speights, founder of Leon’s Pig Pen, where businessmen, judges and Canada Goose Online doctors rubbed shoulders with blue collar workers, the homeless and welfare recipients, all dining on smoked ribs, minced pork sandwiches and fried chicken, died Oct. 14 at his North Bentalou Street home of kidney failure. He was 74. canada goose outlet phone number

“A night at Leon’s is practically a social event,” observed the City Paper in a 1970s article.

After high school, Mr. Speights embarked on a career that Canada Goose online included working cheap canada goose uk as a waiter, head waiter, line cook and cook. He was later a waiter and bartender at the Pimlico Hotel, Bonnie View Country Club and Woodholme Country Club, where he also gained business acumen.

“When I started, all you had in this city were a bunch of mom canadian goose jacket and pop barbecue operations and maybe a stand or two, which provided my main competition,” he recalled in the interview.

“People would be standing canada goose coats on sale in line, getting Canada Goose sale impatient, and we’d be driving all over the city trying to find some extra ribs and chicken to throw into the back of the car and get it over to the store before everybody left. It was a pretty tough learning process,” canada goose uk black friday he said.

canada goose shop regent street Through the years, Mr. canada goose clearance sale Speights opened stores at Liberty Heights Avenue and Garrison Boulevard, Park Heights and Belvedere avenues, Pennsylvania Avenue, Hanover Street, Walbrook Junction, Lombard and Exeter streets, North and Greenmount avenues, and Edmondson and Bonaparte avenues. canada goose shop regent street

Mr. Speights was fond of saying, “We only use pork from pigs that made hogs of themselves,” and then turned it into the slogan for his carryouts, whose signage included a pig saying, “Folks, It’s Finger Licking Good.”

Committed to the city, Mr. Speights eschewed the suggestion that he expand to the suburbs.

Canada Goose Jackets “I’d be crazy to do that,” he said in the interview. “First of all, my stores are all in low rent buildings. I can’t afford the rent Gino’s and McDonald’s pay. Besides, If I relocated to the suburbs, I’d lose all my city customers.” Canada https://www.cheshuntteamministry.org.uk Goose Jackets

Mr. Speights knew the power of sensory suggestion and installed in the Canada Goose Jackets windows of his stores large metal rotisseries, where fresh slabs of white pork gently rotated. The fatty skin was gently reduced to a crispy covering that was bathed in a special hot and sweet, North Carolina style vinegar based barbecue sauce, family members said.

In addition to selling ribs, minced pork and fried chicken, sides included collard greens, french fries and sweet potato pie, which were heaped onto white trays or packaged for carryout.

canada goose outlet germany Mr. Speights decided to gamble on a high end venture that culminated in Leon’s Steaks, a white table cloth restaurant that sold steak, prime rib and lobster dinners canada goose uk outlet on Liberty Heights Avenue. It failed. canada goose outlet germany

canada goose uk outlet The busiest Leon’s Pig Pen was at North and Greenmount avenues and was pure bedlam, reported the City Paper. on a Saturday morning, the glass enclosed barbecue stand is jammed with a jostling wedge of customers, all trying to squeeze up to the counter where the canada goose black friday sale food is sold,” reported the City Paper. “There is no line, just a mass of people from all over the city watching each other and shouting out their orders like berserk speculators at a commodities exchange.” canada goose uk outlet

At its peak, the Pig Pens sold 6,000 pounds of pork per week, had combined sales of $1.4 million, and had a payroll for its 90 employees of $350,000.

But overexpansion forced the chain, which by then had fallen to six stores, into bankruptcy in 1981. They were liquidated in 1982.

canada goose black friday sales toronto Mr. Speights owned and drove a taxi for the Royal Cab Co. until he was shot during a 1993 robbery and retired two years later, family members said. canada goose black friday sales toronto

cheap canada goose jacket mens “He was still cooking ribs and cheap canada goose enjoyed cooking for family and friends,” said his son, Gregory Leon Speights of Chicago. cheap canada goose jacket mens

In addition to his son, Mr. Speights is survived by a daughter, Lisa Carmella Speights of Baltimore; two brothers, Carlton Speights of Reisterstown and Richard Speights of Kenbridge, Va.; his longtime companion, Patsy Ringgold of Baltimore; and three grandchildren. Another son, Kevin Benny Canada Goose Outlet Speights, died in 1998.

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