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Skoby’s World

This is a matchbook from Skoby’s World in Kingsport TN:


Skoby’s, on Konnarock Road in Kingsport TN, was a treasure.  Started in 1946 as a barbecue joint, the restaurant became the place to take an out-of-town guest or to just enjoy a civilized dinner.  Skoby’s World came about when Pal Barger donated Skoby’s to Virginia Intermont College in 2005.  The place was demolished in 2010.
Back in the 70s, one time when I had gotten a raise at work, I took mom out for dinner at Skoby’s.  Reserved a room and everything.  Now, mom was a small little critter (wore a 4B shoe) and I was not a heavy eater.  When the waiter brought out the salad and the warm yeast rolls, mom and I tucked in.  And when the waiter brought the steaks and baked potatoes, we realized that we didn’t have much appetite left.  In true foodie fashion, we offhandedly mentioned to the waiter that we would like a takeaway tray.  Instantly provided.

And their crème brûlée was, honestly, just drag in the casket and die for it…




I picked this card up at a flea market recently for 25 cents.  it was published by Creed Studios in Bristol and measures 8-3/4″ by 3-1/2″.  This had to have been published before 2005, when Skoby’s left the Barger hands.  The card was printed by Dexter Press in West Nyack NY.  ID number is 78651-D

I miss Skoby’s.  I didn’t eat there often, but I always enjoyed it when I did.  The Back Room was rather a middle-class dive, but the restaurant’s food was excellent.

I miss the old Peerless, too.  At one time, it was in the same class as Skoby’s.