Have you ever visited Swaggy P’s in Madisonville or Hanson? If not, you have certainly smelled their barbecue while passing.
“When people drive by between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m., they sense what’s going on here, and they come in from breakfast,” said general manager Chuck Davis.
Jenny and Scott Harris opened their restaurants a few years ago and never imagined they would be where they are today. “We opened just before the pandemic, it was very difficult, but we stay afloat. We are so grateful. God is good and opens doors, and again we are very grateful,” says Jenny Harris.
The restaurant also offers catering services, and last week Swaggy P’s had the opportunity to serve their food at the 14th West Kentucky Governor’s Appreciation Dinner in Frankfort.
Harris said, “We were able to get this gig and were thrilled. Chuck worked long hours leading up to the event.”
Chuck Davis stayed the night at the restaurant, glued to the smoking room he nicknamed ‘Pork-asaurus-rex’. “I arrived at 4:30 a.m. We were actually closed that day, but I have 6 regulars. 5:30 a.m. every morning, they stand outside that door, and if I’m not open, they call to make sure you that I’m fine”
Davis and his team cooked 180 pounds of pork, 125 chicken quarters and nearly 200 pounds in their signature sides. “We didn’t take any of them home,” Davis says.
This, serving as a huge accomplishment for this mom and pop restaurant, even after hitting a snag during the event. “We walked into a place like a deer in the headlights because there was no kitchen,” says Harris.
“They came out and told me there was no kitchen…that’s ok, we’ve cooked in a gym before,” Davis says.
If you need catering for your event, Swaggy P’s will be happy to help. Email [email protected] or call (270)-245-2154