It’s still Roy’s Records: Retired record shop owner reflects on new Barley’s restaurant
By Lesli Bales-Sherrod | (email@example.com)
They greet each other like old friends — with a pat on the back, a squeeze on the shoulder — and immediately launch into conversation that doesn’t wait to be seated.
“Everybody still calls it Roy’s Records,” Randy Burleson, founder of Aubrey’s Restaurant Group, tells Roy Garrett, owner of the record shop that existed for 40 years in the 100-block of Broadway Avenue, most recently in the building where Burleson opened his Maryville location of Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria on July 15. “Even our liquor license! All our furniture is being delivered to Roy’s Records.”
This isn’t news to Garrett, who stopped by “pretty regularly” while the building was being renovated into the restaurant, he said.
“About two weeks ago, they walked me through the building, and the first thing I noticed was your permit for seating capacity,” Garrett told Burleson. “My name’s on it!”
This doesn’t bother either businessman.
“As long as we have Roy’s permission, we are going to pay homage to Roy’s Records,” Burleson said. “Roy has some memorabilia hopefully coming up this way, and we would like to make an informational panel for outside. We want to keep the Roy’s Records presence alive.”
Burleson first started looking at buying the building, located at 128 W. Broadway Ave, after Garrett closed his store in 2005, but the building needed some work, including a $200,000 roof repair.
The building is in “perfect condition now,” Burleson said, with new restrooms and an elevator. But there are touches that harken to the old days: plaster has been removed to expose the original brick and upstairs you can see where the movie theater sign was, he noted.
“This is the prettiest building in downtown Maryville, but it still feels like a Barley’s,” Burleson said.
Almost not Barley’s
It almost wasn’t a Barley’s, though.
“The original idea was Roy’s Real BBQ, but I’m not a good pitmaster,” Burleson laughed.
Even without Garrett’s name on the sign, the restaurant retains a little of the Roy’s Record Shop flavor by hosting live music on the second floor. The first act, anticipated for August, will be local artist Robinella, who was one of the last people to work for Garrett in his record shop.
“She is an exceptional lady,” Garrett said. “When I walked through here a couple of weeks ago, I had a girl take my picture on the stage, and I said, ‘I’m going to rub it in to Robinella that I’m the first person to perform on this stage!’”
Garrett is spending his time these days playing music himself — usually four days a week, mostly jam sessions. He sang some before he started his business, he said, but he had two boys to raise. Now that Garrett is retired, he’s singing again, and he’s looking forward to Barley’s having live music upstairs.
“That’s what I’m excited about,” he said.
Garrett added he plans to be there the first night Robinella takes the stage. And even though he won’t mean to steal the show, it might be hard when everybody who sees Garrett in Barley’s stops to ask him what he thinks of the record shop’s reincarnation as a restaurant.
“I just love it.”