Legendary Arthur’s BBQ to be auctioned off

The old Arthur’s BBQ building at 1901 W. 13th Ave. in Pine Bluff will be auctioned off at noon Feb. 13 by Webb Auction Service.

Arthur’s, which served up barbecue to generations of Pine Bluffians and included former Arkansas governor Orval Faubus among its patrons, was founded in 1935 by Johnny Arthur Browning, who ran it until his retirement in 1976. His son Johnny H. Browning then took the reins and continued the tradition until the restaurant’s closing in 2005.

“We have had a lot of interest in this auction,” auctioneer D.L. “Dink” Webb said. “It kind of surprised me how much interest there has been. The nostalgia part of it has been overwhelming. This place was around for 70 years before it closed so the place brings back fond memories for a lot of people.”

Webb said he auction, with bids starting at $1, will include the 612 square-foot building located on a corner lot, as well as an asphalt parking lot and an additional lot.

“Anybody who would like to inspect the property prior to the auction should come at 11 a.m next Wednesday,” Webb said. “I’ll be there to show people around. Just be sure to bring a flashlight with you because it’s really dark in there.”

Webb said that while minimal, any equipment in the building will be sold as part of the auction.

“What little equipment there is in there will be sold,” Webb said. “There’s a cook stove in there and that’s about it.”

Webb said that $2,000 down as earnest money will be required from the winning bidder the day of the auction and the balance due in full at closing within 30 days of the auction.