Family and friends have always been a key ingredient to the atmosphere at Ewald’s Bar-B-Q. Holding the title of “oldest family-owned and operated restaurant in Perry County,” they are proud to welcome you to their Ewald’s family. Since 1946, Ewald’s has always been a tradition in Perry County. Three generations strong, they hold the title of “oldest family-owned and operated restaurant in Perry County. Serving the best to the best located in the heart of Perryville!
Equally important as family and friends, the food at Ewald’s stays true to tradition with recipes created by their founder in 1946. From hickory-smoked meats to super lean burgers and chicken sandwiches, you will not find anyone more excited and honored to serve their community.
As a young man, Ewald Buchheit enlisted in the U.S. Army as a cook. Once home, he used his newfound skills with his entrepreneurial mind and started his own business. Working meticulously, he created the perfect recipes for barbecue, potato salad, slaw, tartar sauce, relish, and much more. He was able to hit the ground running, little did he know, he would soon hire his wife-to-be, Jinny (Queathem). Together, they grew the business and pursued many avenues, including a horse-drawn ice cream wagon and a donut shop!
They had four children: Bonnie, Terry, and Laurie, who were greatly included in the restaurant throughout their childhoods – Terry began working at just age twelve and after high school, the business was passed down to him. He shared in co-ownership with Jinny; later, he too would find that his mother hired his wife-to-be, Dotti.
They also had three children: Sarah, Eric, and Elizabeth. Since then, Terry and Dotti have fully taken ownership and have stayed true to the qualities which Ewald began with: great, hometown food made with true hometown love.