About Thornton's Barbeque Restaurants
Thornton'BBQ is known in Columbus for its famous BBQ and is considered to be the "Bar-B-Que of the South". At Thornton's we slow cook with only the finest quality meats over hickory charcoal to provide an unmatched smoke flavor. The way that our meat is slowly cooked it produces a distinctively different-taste. The difference is apparent in surface, texture and overall taste.
Thornton's BBQ was founded in 1997 by Elbert Thornton. Mr. Thornton worked at Fort Benning Army base as a chef. Once he mastered the kitchen there he decided that he wanted to start his own restaurant. Elbert Thornton and his wife Carolyn were known for being great cooks in the neighborhood. One day they discovered the secret sauce that would mold Thornton's BBQ in to the great barbeque that it is today. In 2001 Mr. Thornton passed on his restaurants to his son Philip Thornton. With the guidance of his father Philip took on the task with great pride. Mr. Thornton and his family have continued to build upon this family owned business.