The original part of Hunts Restaurant was a gas station!
The original part of Hunts Restaurant was a Walk O Pep gas station in the 1920’s, owned by
WF Covington, owner of Walk O Pep gas distributorship. W.E. Boyd ran the business from
1936 until 1941 when C.N. Hunt bought it and operated it as a service station. He sold alcoholic
beverages and introduced dominoes and checkers as entertainment for his customers.
In 1956, Bill Joe Reeves purchased the building and operated a full service gas station. In the
early 1960’s, he saw the need for an eating establishment on this side of town and turned the
profitable gas station into a three-stool oyster bar serving fresh-shucked oysters in the half shell.
Business was good, so around 1970 they enlarged the building to serve six at a time.
In 1981, it was enlarged again to double its size. In 1989, he renovated the building and built a
fresh seafood and steak restaurant, which is attached to the original building, connecting the
oyster bar and lounge. In 30 years, Hunts place has grown to a full size restaurant and lounge
seating over 200 people. Hunts Place, a popular eating and gathering place for Auburn and
Alabama coaches, players and fans, as well as some well-known politicians.
Thank you for joining us today – we hope you enjoy your meal. All of our food is
hand prepared and cooked to order, so be patient if it takes a little while.
It is well worth the wait. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
A Dothan Tradition since 1956.