Penguin Ed’s to celebrate 25 years in Fayetteville Dec. 8

An early iteration of Penguin Ed’s, which started in a tent and trailer on Mission Boulevard in 1993, and is celebrating 25 years in business this weekend


A Fayetteville restaurant that got its start in a tent and a trailer will celebrate 25 years in business this weekend.

Penguin Ed’s BBQ will offer their barbecue sandwiches at 1993 prices at their celebration, and will offer free cake, balloons for the kids, prizes, and more to commemorate the occasion from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at all three of their Fayetteville locations.

The sandwiches will be offered for $3 all day on Saturday, with sides for an extra $1, and drinks for 50¢.

The restaurant got its start at the corner of Mission Boulevard and Highway 45 in 1993, with founder Ed Knight chipping wood for his smoker, and selling sandwiches and plates out of a trailer next to an old military tent, before eventually moving into its original brick and mortar location on Mission Boulevard.

A few years later, the restaurant expanded by acquiring their B&B Barbecue location downtown, and they opened their third Fayetteville location on Wedington Drive in 2007.

The restaurant has become a barbecue staple in Fayetteville over the years, but is also well known for their collection of all manner of stuffed, ceramic, and paper mache penguins at their restaurants. The Knight family said they have collected somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000-4,000 penguins, many of which were gifted to them by their customers over the years.

Penguin Ed’s locations are at 2773 E. Mission Blvd., 230 S. East Avenue, and 6347 W. Wedington Dr. in Fayetteville.