Furnace Master's Restaurant
The original restaurant was owned and operated by Joe and Betty Weeks in a large log structure. The menu featured "home-cooked" specialties, with a wide array of vegetables. Friday evenings were devoted to a seafood buffet. The restaurant was destroyed by a fire on January 26, 1999. It later re-opened, but closed again in 2008.
The restaurant was re-opened again in 2009 as a second location of Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q. Van Sykes sold it to Chapman less than a year later to focus on his downtown Bessemer location. Chapman brought Betty Weeks back to run the kitchen.
The Furnace Master's Restaurant serves a meat-and-three menu, and also offers steaks cooked to order on Friday and Saturday nights. It opens for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
- Norris, Toraine (August 17, 2009) "Bob Sykes to open barbecue restaurant at Tannehill State Park." Birmingham News
- Williams, Roy L. (October 16, 2010) "Courtyard Cafe owner cooks up new Bessemer business." Birmingham News