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Family atmosphere makes JB’s great place to eat—and work

By Dianna Hargis, 20-year employee Many people refer to me as the “drink cart lady” and I like that. I’ve bussed tables and worked the cafeteria line. Both of those jobs were fine. But with this carting position, I have the opportunity to interact with customers and get to know them. I love being with [...]

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Our secret ingredient: Giving God the credit

By Jenni Wayman, 24-year employee I joined Jonathan Byrd’s two weeks before it opened. I’ve never wanted to work anywhere else since then. Right from the start, I knew if I worked hard, I’d be appreciated and given opportunities for growth. I started as a cashier. From there, I worked the cafeteria line and the [...]

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25 years and counting!

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of our groundbreaking. It’s a day I still remember vividly. It was a windy, but sunny and beautiful day. (Remember, this is Indiana, so you never know what you’ll get in March. We were thrilled there was no snow!) The Mayor of Greenwood, our pastor, the architect, the builder and [...]

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Thanking those who sacrfice for our country

Today is Veteran’s Day and I hope every person who reads this takes the time to really reflect on the importance of this day. As I like to say, “Freedom isn’t free.” For ages, soldiers have fought and died so you and I can do what we do. The freedom we have on a daily [...]

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24 things I’ve learned over the years

Today marks 24 years since we opened our doors at Jonathan Byrd’s. To be honest, it’s a bittersweet day. I’m so proud of what we’ve done the last (almost) quarter of a century (WOW!), but it also makes me miss my Jonathan all the more. I wish he was here to share in the day. [...]

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Join me in helping Nourish our community

I want to personally invite everyone to Nourish, a benefit dinner and concert we’re hosting on November 24 at Jonathan Byrd’s. (Click here for event details and ticket prices.) The idea for this event has been on my heart for some time. We feed hundreds of customers each day at Jonathan Byrd’s, but we know [...]

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Nearly 4 decades in the food business—and still learning!

Guest Blog by Holly Weber After 24 years at Jonathan Byrd’s plus another 13 years at the Byrd-owned H. Salt Fish and Chips and KFCs, you’d think I’d know all there is to know about the restaurant business. But that’s not the case. Here at Jonathan Byrd’s, we have several businesses wrapped into one: dining, [...]

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The fight against breast cancer: Make it personal

I have no scientific proof, but I’m pretty sure that practically everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way—whether themselves, or a family member, a friend, or even a friend of a friend. Even when it doesn’t directly impact us, we are still moved by stories of those fighting breast cancer. We’re heartened [...]

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A new beginning

Tomorrow, I turn 60. Many people my age wouldn’t share that they were entering their 60s… or they may feel discouraged that they’ve reached this milestone. Not me, though. I’m excited! I’ve had a blessed life and treasure the memories and experiences that have filled my life to date. But life is far from over. [...]

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Fried chicken etiquette breaks all etiquette rules

As I sat eating some fried chicken in the restaurant the other day, it struck me that I’d overlooked this popular dish (and one of my all-time favorites, for sure!) in my etiquette blog last week. In the blog, I shared that utensils, not our hands, were made for feeding us. And that is true [...]

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