A Loved Restaurant Cooked in a Convenience Store

Craig Wilkins

Driving on the US127 Bypass heading south here in Lawrenceburg, there’s a BP gas station and convenience store right before reaching the Best Western Hotel.  The store, named Hill of Beans BBQ, offers a bit more than the standard gas station fare.  With a stage and rolling barbecue grills that can be towed by a truck sitting outside the store, anyone going into the store knows it isn’t an ordinary convenience store.

Inside, it looks like a normal convenience store with all the normal trimmings of snacks and drinks.  But, on one side is a small restaurant that so many in the community enjoy.  Offering a wide selection of food, including fried chicken, ribs, pork sandwiches, brisket, and a variety of tasty side dishes including beans, Craig Wilkins, owner of Hill of Beans BBQ, has created a great little restaurant right in the convenience store.

But, Craig has only been operating the Hill of Beans BBQ for just over 2.5 years in the 18 years that he has been running convenience stores.  Starting as a sales rep for a convenience store distributor back in 1997, he was approached by a store owner in Danville to buy her store before she moved to Utah.  Not having the money to buy the store, the original owner struck a deal with him to finance it.  Through the years, this happened to Craig a number of times.  Eventually, he ended up in Lawrenceburg when he approached Bobby Shryock about leasing the BP station and store.  After a short consideration, he agreed and Craig created his restaurant within the store.

Craig has made it a point to offer great quality and variety of food at Hill of Beans BBQ.  He also hosts a number of events right on the premises, including motorcycle events and barbecue pig-outs and caters events.  Although nothing is definite, Craig is looking at possibly one day opening a dedicated restaurant or maybe even a food truck.

On July 6th, National Fried Chicken Day, we asked on Facebook who made the best fried chicken in Lawrenceburg and Hill of Beans BBQ won.  Stop by today and try the food that was voted as one of the best in town.  

For more information, check out his Facebook page.

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