The nicely renovated Bluetick Mercantile building has been vacant since January, but is expected to be home to a new restaurant in October. 

Forsyth should have a new restaurant by October offering BBQ, seafood and steaks in the former Bluetick Mercantile building on the square. 

Long-time Forsyth restauranteur Larry Pippin has reached an agreement to lease and reopen the Main Street facility, which has been closed since January.

“I’ve been trying to do this for years,” said Pippin. “I think Forsyth needs another steakhouse.”

Pippin will run the restaurant with his son Brandon, a professional chef who graduated from the elite cooking school Cordon Bleu. 

Pippin had a BBQ restaurant in Forsyth for 12 years in the current home of Lucky’s Cafe on Hwy. 18. Pippin said he never would’ve left the restaurant business but his sister, who managed the place, passed away at the time and he was too busy in the truck sales business.

Pippin’s family has been associated with BBQ in Forsyth for decades. It started when his father would fire up his BBQ pit in his backyard in the mill village on Friday nights. By Sunday, the neighbors would have bought everything he could cook.

“I’ve been cooking BBQ since I was nine years old,” said Pippin.

While the famous Pippin BBQ will be part of the offering, Pippin said BBQ alone isn’t enough to pay the rent, so they’ll offer seafood and steaks as well. Pippin said they plan to start off with lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday, and then expand hours as the business grows.

Pippin said they won’t have to make many changes to the impressive renovations that Bluetick did, except he’ll extend the bar to make it full length.

Watch the Reporter for more information about Pippin’s, Forsyth’s newest restaurant.