In 1996, Stacy Underwood made the decision to open Uncle Shug’s Chicken Barn in Statesboro, GA. A few years earlier his father, Harold Underwood, had closed the original Uncle Shug’s in Portal, GA. The deliciousness of the “good as grandma’s” fried chicken and made-from-scratch sides quickly caught on and continues to be a Statesboro Tradition. The first Uncle Shug’s Chicken Barn in Statesboro was located on West Main Street and was only a “walk up/take out” restaurant. At this location, with the help of his father-in-law, Bunny Deal, Stacy was able to perfect his recipes for fried chicken, fried chicken fingers, and sides. As the popularity of the restaurant grew, Stacy decided to open a location with a sit down area and a drive-thru. In 2006, this dream was realized with the opening of Uncle Shug’s Chicken Barn at the intersection of Hwy 301 South and the Statesboro By-Pass, which is where it is still located. Here, customers can enjoy fried chicken, fried & grilled chicken fingers, hand-pattied all-beef hamburgers, salads, and made-from-scratch sides. Uncle Shug’s Chicken Barn also serves breakfast – from Breakfast Cups to Biscuits to Traditional Breakfasts of grits, eggs, and meat.
In 2016, Stacy was presented with the opportunity to open Uncle Shug’s BBQ Place in Brooklet, GA. Stacy saw this as a great opportunity to share his love of barbecue with Bulloch County and surrounding areas. The idea with Uncle Shug’s BBQ Place was to combine favorite Chicken Barn food items with old fashioned barbecue food items and create a restaurant that provided customers with delicious BBQ chopped pork, BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, Smoked wings, fried & grilled chicken fingers, hand-pattied all-beef hamburgers, and made-from-scratch sides.
In July 2018, Uncle Shug’s on Main opened on South Main Street, offering some of the favorites from both Uncle Shug’s Chicken Barn and Uncle Shug’s Bar-B-Q Place plus other home cooked foods. Uncle Shug’s on Main serves a cafeteria style lunch and supper of good, southern cooked food Monday though Saturday. The decision to serve cafeteria style was made because of the desire to provide customers a souther-style meal with the advantage of quick service. Uncle Shug’s on Main also continues to have a cooked-to-order menu which includes hamburgers, steaks, salmon, and shrimp. Breakfast is also served daily at Uncle Shug’s on Main. On Saturdays, Uncle Shug’s on Main offers a Buffet Breakfast – especially popular for those heading to the various games and activities going on at Georgia Southern University. And, don’t miss the Southern Sunday Buffet at Uncle Shug’s on Main. You will not go away hungry!
All of the Uncle Shug’s locations offer catering in Statesboro and surrounding locations. You can choose to pick up or have the Uncle Shug’s crew set up and serve. Uncle Shug’s on Main has several meeting rooms available for families and/or groups.
Stacy Underwood’s dream of re-opening his father’s restaurant, Uncle Shug’s, has grown into an Uncle Shug’s family, striving to serve the people of Bulloch County and surrounding areas with good food, reasonable pricing, and friendly service. Stacy tries to stay attuned to the needs and desires of his customers and provide for them – that is how the Uncle Shug’s family has grown from 1 restaurant to 3 distinct restaurants. The support of Statesboro and surrounding counties is truly appreciated as the Uncle Shug’s family continues to grow. So, if you are in the Statesboro area, please join us at one of our locations for good food, good service, and good times!