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King Henry, The First

Eventually King Henry ruled a barbecue kingdom that included three restaurants, one of which was managed by Charlie Bryant, Arthur Bryant’s older brother. When Henry Perry died in 1940, he left Charlie the joint he had been managing, and when Charlie retired in 1946, Arthur Bryant took over. Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque is still going strong to this day. Thus, the barbecue business Henry Perry started at the corner of 8th and Bank Streets in 1907 has been in continuous operation, under various owners and at various locations for more than 112 years.