Lena's Ole Hickory Restaurant

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Lena's Ole Hickory Restaurant is a landmark meat-and-three restaurant located at 3103 Ensley Avenue in Five Points West. Lena Jones-Hollock bought the restaurant, then known as Crumly's Hickory BBQ in 1986, two years after she began managing it.

In addition to steam-table lunches and grilled items, the 4,446 square-foot restaurant became known for its full breakfasts. One group of morning regulars chipped in to enlarge their favorite table in the front of the dining room, now known as "the round table" or "the liars' table."

Jones-Hollock, who brought a hands-on approach and got to know most of her regular customers, retired in April 2008, selling the business to Walter Thomas, who planned to keep the name, though it was later modified to "Lena's East of the Mississippi", and then to East of the Mississippi Diner.


  • Ruisi, Anne (April 2, 2008) "After 24 years, owner of landmark Lena's Ole Hickory Restaurant in Five Points West retires." The Birmingham News