Whole Hog founder dies | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Whole Hog founder dies

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 11:16 AM

click to enlarge unknown.jpg

Ron Blasingame, one of the founders of Little Rock's venerable Whole Hog Cafe, has died. A spokesperson for Whole Hog said that Blasingame had been hospitalized for about a week with a liver disorder when he took a turn for the worse and passed away last night.

We interviewed him for a story a few years back, and found him to be one of the genuinely nice guys of the Little Rock restaurant world. He started out, he said, smoking meat for friends in a smoker made from a galvanized trash can. From there, Ron, his brother Mike Blasingame and their friend Mike "Sarge" Davis -- founding members of the Southern Gentlemen barbecue team -- won barbecue competitions all over the south, including the Whole Hog division of the Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship. A trailer selling barbecue sandwiches in a gas station parking lot at the bottom of Cantrell Hill spawned their flagship store in the Riverdale strip mall. From that sprung  a mini-empire, with 13 franchises in locales as far flung as Santa Fe,.

Go have some ribs at Whole Hog and raise a fork to Ron.

-- David Koon


Favorite

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Ad man Heathcott sues CJRW for damages in ouster

    Gary Heathcott the long-time ad and PR man who now lives in San Antonio has sued CJRW, the major ad and PR firm, over its severing of a consulting deal with him last year and asks $1.3 million in actual damages plus unspecified punitive damages.
    • Dec 18, 2018
  • Court dismisses ethics complaints against Kavanaugh

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed numerous judicial ethics complaints against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh because the law exempts Supreme Court members, even for acts committed as a judge covered by the law. In short: Bart O'Kavanaugh is above the law.
    • Dec 18, 2018
  • In face of blowback, state will slow down assisted living cuts

    Brett Rains of 40/29 is tweeting from the Capitol that the Department of Human Services is slowing its push for cuts in reimbursements for home health aides that critics have said could force many people into more expensive nursing home and force companies that provide the services out of business.
    • Dec 18, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation