Founder, and first generation Hudson, Buford started working in barbecue when he was in the 8th grade. At that young age, he commuted to Atlanta to work at the Old Hickory Barbecue, owned by brothers Winton and Willy Wallace, who taught him how to serve customers and cook pork shoulders. When the restaurant closed, Buford went on to find work else where. Years later, he decided to return to what he loves most and knows best – barbecue.
“They all said a barbecue place just wasn’t going to make it in Douglasville. And in 1971, we opened for business” - Founder, Buford Hudson
CEO and Second generation Hudson, Scot, was merely eleven years of age when the business opened. Along side his mother Ann and father Buford, Scot worked in the restaurant every single day after school to help keep the doors open. Responsible for creating our famous hickory fries, Scot has always had an eye for culinary deliciousnesses.
“It’s because of our amazing community and loyal customers that we’re able to do what we love to do.” - Scot Hudson
COO and Third generation Hudson, Elena, has grown up the restaurant all her life, stating she “started working in the restaurant as soon as [she] started walking”. Elena continues to help her grandfather and father run the business by aiding with marketing, creation and innovation, and managing day to day operations.
“My father and grandfather have always been my biggest heroes. Growing up in the restaurant and getting to learn from them first-hand is by far one of the greatest blessings.” - Elena Hudson
Together, these three are dedicated and passionate about making the barbecue empire what it is today. Nearly 50 years later, Hudson’s continues to be a local institution as the oldest full-service restaurant still operating in Douglas County. While many things have changed throughout the years, Hudson’s love and skillset for barbecuing never will.
Scott and Buford Hudson
Buford & Scott Hudson of Hudson's Hickory House in Douglasville, Georgia talk about the origins and family values of Hudson's Hickory House BBQ. In this 2019 interview the Buford and Scott talk about how it all got started.