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Cook Out to open in Zebulon

Posted on September 10, 2021

Updated on September 20, 2021

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Cook Out is coming to Zebulon after the closure and sale of Hillbillies at 1206 N. Arendell Ave.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

Cook Out is coming to Zebulon after the closure and sale of Hillbillies at 1206 N. Arendell Ave.

lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

ZEBULON — The pandemic closure of a popular mom-and-pop restaurant has made way for a Cook Out to open in eastern Wake County, a short drive from southern Nash County towns.

Hillbillies at 1206 N. Arendell Ave. closed over the summer, and Thomasville-based Cook Out purchased the property for $1.075 million, according to Wake County Tax Office and Register of Deeds records.

The 1,104-square-foot building next to Sonic Drive-In and a small adjacent lot had a combined assessed value of $710,972.

Bailey, Middlesex and Spring Hope are no more than about a 10-minute drive from Zebulon, placing the future Cook Out closer than Cook Out restaurants in Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Wilson with the exception that Wilson and Zebulon are roughly equidistant from Bailey.

Hillbillies, a hamburger and hot dog short-order restaurant established 11 years ago, struggled during the pandemic, closing up shop in June. 

The restaurant was owned by the McLean family, led by April McLean Hagwood. She took to social media to announce the closure.

“To our loyal customers and friends: The McLean family would like to announce that we have made the decision to permanently close Hillbillies,” Hagwood posted on Facebook. “This decision was not made lightly, but very thoroughly discussed and with a number of considerations taken into account. The land and the building have both been sold and as of June 3, 2021, will no longer be tied to the McLean Family.”

Hagwood also posted about the sale of dishes and equipment from Hillbillies in the days before the property’s sale.

The McLean family still owns and operates the Ole Time Cafe in Zebulon, which the family established in 1956. The cafe is operating under reduced hours.

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