Wilson, N.C. — The land and property of Bill Ellis Barbecue, a Wilson landmark that closed more than two years ago, has been sold, an auctioneer confirmed to WRAL News on Thursday.
The large restaurant on Downing Street was open for almost 65 years and a staple in the Wilson community. Bill Ellis, the longtime owner of Bill’s, died in February 2017 after suffering complications related to a broken hip, according to family members. He was 83.
Bill's and more than 20 other properties listed in the Bill Ellis Real Estate Auction were sold by House Auction Company and Stone Auction and Realty, Walter House, owner of House Auction Co., confirmed.
“Bill Ellis made a legend out of that barbecue restaurant, and people came from a long way away to eat there,” said House. “A smart entrepreneur in the food service business could do that again.”
Bill's restaurant was bought by Cashcow Properties LLC from Oklahoma. No specific plans were announced.
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