LEXINGTON, N.C. -- When it comes to barbecue eats you’ve probably got your ‘go to’ hot spot.

For some folks, that’s Speedy Lohr’s Barbecue on N.C. Highway 8 in Lexington. However, it’s been a long wait to get back in the doors after a fire that caused the restaurant to close.

The fire was a big setback for the owners, Amy and Randy Lohr and their workers. That night, the couple got a phone call they said they would never forget, “We got up here and it was just unbelievable. It didn’t seem real watching it,” said the Lohr’s.

But now the doors have reopened and it’s a welcome sign for the Lexington community. The couple said volunteers helped them to clean and get everything ready to reopen.

Jennifer Haynes, a worker said she started at the restaurant 13 years ago when it was located in Southmont. Haynes said, “Being able to come back here has been like coming back home and the customers have been waiting for a very long time so it feels really good.”

Amy Lohr, says it’s how they cook their barbecue that makes their restaurant standout, “We still pit cook and we have never gotten away from that.”

But it’s also the friendly atmosphere that has customers returning.

“It’s great to see everyone again, it’s been such a long time. We are just very grateful for the support with everyone coming back. its almost like we didn’t miss a beat. They just came right back in,” said the Lohr’s.

The couple wants to thank the Lexington community for their support and also the firefighters of Davidson County who helped save their restaurant.