1899-- Mrs. Katie Nunn runs an ad in the Charlotte Observer for what may be the first barbecue restaurant in North Carolina, advertising the opening of a barbecue stand and a grocery.
20TH CENTURY-- Tensions develop over the spelling of "barbecue."
Sometimes it's barbeque, Bar-B-Q, or BBQ, and sometimes it's simply cue or Q, likely because restaurants could save advertising money shortening an eight-letter word to three.
1916-- Lexington-style barbecue is born when Sid Weaver cooks it in a tent opposite the courthouse in Lexington.
Jesse Swicegood then sets up a competing tent. Today, the area has more than a dozen barbecue restaurants.
So Many Places, So Little Time. --RoadDog