Forget bland diets. Your taste buds will thank you for treating them to the succulent ribs, steaks, seafood and chicken that are the specialties of the house at Gluttons Restaurant and Bar. Laurie Ann Walsh – along with her sister, Melanie Shippee, and mother Annie Laurie Walsh – opened the restaurant on July 4, 1984.
While kicking around ideas for the new restaurant, one family member said, “I hope the food will be so good, it will make gluttons out of the customers.” This inspired comment led to the restaurant’s name and foreshadowed the popularity of the restaurant, which has kept faithful customers coming back since the very beginning. The delicious food, of course, brings them in, but Walsh believes there’s something more that keeps tables filled and customers happy. “You can get food anywhere, but it’s the service that makes the difference,” she says.
“It’s the friendly personalities here. It’s like ‘Cheers’ – everybody knows your name.” The place inspires loyalty from staff members, as well as customers. Many of Gluttons’ employees have been with the restaurant since it opened. “It’s what’s kept our quality,” she says. “They treat this place as if they own it.” The restaurant’s location near two major interstate highways ensures that new customers will continue to find their way to Gluttons. “We get lots of repeat business from out of state. I believe it’s the Southern hospitality,” Walsh says. While gluttony might get a bad rap elsewhere, diners never need to feel guilty about giving in to their temptations at Gluttons Restaurant and Bar.