Goal Post kicker going home with family
by Daniel Gaddy
dgaddy@annistonstar.com
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Workers tear down the old Goal Post Bar-B-Q on Quintard Avenuw in Anniston Tuesday. The famous sign has been purchased by the family that originally established the restaurant. Photo by Stephen Gross.
Workers tear down the old Goal Post Bar-B-Q on Quintard Avenuw in Anniston Tuesday. The famous sign has been purchased by the family that originally established the restaurant. Photo by Stephen Gross.
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The fate of the animated, neon placekicker who welcomed generations of Anniston residents to Goal Post Bar-B-Q had been uncertain since the place closed in September. But this week the Calhoun County icon found a new home — just 2 miles down Quintard Avenue — with the family that established the famed restaurant in the 1960s.

Cathy Pruett Cofield, the owner of Betty’s Bar-B-Q in Anniston and the daughter of the local businessman who opened Goal Post, purchased the sign Tuesday.

“We're going to try our best to restore it; I'm thinking it can be done,” she said.

Cofield said she will likely replace the current sign of Betty’s Bar-B-Q with the placekicker, but she doesn’t plan to rename the establishment, opened by her mother, Betty Walker, in the late 1970s.

Cofield said she’s working with a local sign maker to see if restoration is feasible, but she has not yet received an estimate on the project.

She said she’s been overwhelmed by the interest from the community in refurbishing the sign.

Her father, S.A. Pruett, opened the Goal Post on Quintard in the early 1960s. The restaurant changed hands several times throughout its life, but Roy Young and his family ran it for the longest period, from 1973 to 1998.

Cofield said her father paid $1,500 in the early 1960s to have the fixture custom-made at Noble Sign Company in Anniston.

Cofield said she and her siblings share a love for the sign.

“It’s like a family member,” she said.

This week, construction workers began demolishing the half-century-old brick building that housed the Goal Post.

Cofield said she had approached the previous owner about buying the sign but didn’t have much luck. On Tuesday, she happened to drive by the demolition site and recognized the owner of the company tearing down the building, Clyde Huckabee. She said she told him about her family’s connection to the sign, and he agreed to sell it to her on the spot.

Later that night, she saw Anniston Mayor Vaughn Stewart at Betty’s Bar-B-Q, and he agreed to have a city crew pick the sign up and store it at a Street Department facility until Cofield could make arrangements to start the restoration process.

Stewart said that if the sign is refurbished, the city will work with Cofield concerning zoning ordinances with the sign.

“The intent, to begin with, was to keep it local, and to be able to get it back to the family that gave birth to the sign is even better,” he said.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.



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