No specific reason was given for the shutter, according to the Facebook announcement. It just noted that “with a heavy heart[,] we have decided to close our doors.”
This J.T. Youngblood’s is a revitalization of the beloved-but-gone fried chicken chain Youngblood’s, which had locations across the state before it closed in the 1970s.
Behind the newer restaurant were Lenoir chef/owner Todd Duplechan; Jeffrey Weinberger, the original owner of fine-dining restaurant Jeffrey’s; and the former manager of Four Seasons restaurant Trio (which is no longer) Jeff Haber. The renamed restaurant came back in March 2017 with a menu of Southern-style fried chicken and chicken items, plus pie, shakes, sides, and more.
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