White Lightning Barbeque could close soon, may move to Riverside

Macon’s White Lightning Barbeque Co. plans to relocate from downtown to Riverside Drive in hopes of boosting lagging business, one of the restaurant’s owners said Tuesday.

Chad Evans said revenue is down 60 percent and described the restaurant’s operations as “day to day.”

“We’re going to try to sweat it out as long as we can,” Evans said. “We still believe we’ve got a really good thing here.”

The restaurant is negotiating for a lease at an undisclosed site on Riverside.

“We’re trying to relocate to a better situation,” he said. “Folks are just not spending money.”

Evans said there is no timetable for the restaurant’s move but indicated it could close suddenly, especially if a lease agreement is reached.

“We’re going to try to get the hay in the barn as fast as we can.”

The restaurant opened at 195 Spring St. in October 2007, when the stock market was at an all-time high. “At what you would think was the perfect time to open a restaurant,” said Evans.

Business was strong initially, he said, but sales took a hit with the economy’s downturn.

Evans said he would consider eventually reopening a downtown location provided he can find an investor.

To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623