Dothan’s Most Highly Reviewed Seafood Restaurant Shares Their History… for the First Time

The original part of Hunt’s Restaurant building was a Walk O Pep gas station in the 1920s, owned by W.F. Covington, the owner of Walk O Pep gas distributorship. W.E. Boyd ran the business from 1936 until 1941 when C.N. Hunt bought it and operated it as a service station. He sold alcoholic beverages and introduced dominoes and checkers as entertainment for his customers.

In 1956, Billy Joe Reeves purchased the building and operated a full service gas station. In the early 1960s he saw the need for an eating establishment on this side of town and turned the profitable gas station into a three stool oyster bar serving fresh shucked oysters on the half shell. Business was good, and around 1970 they enlarged the building to serve six at a time.

In 1981, it was enlarged again to double its size, in 1989; he renovated the building and built a fresh seafood and steak restaurant which is attached to the original building, connecting the oyster bar and lounge. In 30 years, Hunt’s place has grown to a full size restaurant and lounge, seating over 200 people.

Hunt’s Place – a popular eating and gathering place for Auburn and Alabama coaches, players and fans, as well as some well-known politicians.

Thank you for joining us today. We hope you enjoy your meal. All our food is hand prepared and cooked to order, so be patient if it takes a little while; it is well worth the short wait.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.


What people are saying

The Oysters are GREAT and
we have quick service!!
Tammy Cook

I always like the fact that no matter
what, we are treated like family!!
Karen Tidwell

The food was excellent as always the
service was GREAT!!  We’ll definitely
be back soon!  Enjoyable as always

Ron Copper

This is my absolute favorite restaurant. 
Food is always fresh.  Go on like that!

Floyd Cramer