About Us

About Us

People often ask what N and N stand for. Craig likes to say 'Naughty and Nice' leaving you to wonder who is naughty and who is nice. It really started a while back when Norman and Nancy Witcher decided to go into the restaurant business. In 1971, they purchased a little drive-in and named it N & N Snack Bar. That was in Jacksonville, Arkansas, home of the Little Rock Air Force Base. It was about 1975 when they also purchased The Hickory Pit in the small town of Cabot. The name soon became N & N Hickory Pit. In Cabot, they became known for many of the special menu items served. The people of Cabot and the surrounding areas enjoyed the "Panther Burgers" (named after the Cabot Panthers), old fashioned pressure fried chicken, burrito gardens, and of course hickory smoked B.B.Q. Norman smoked about 200 pounds of BBQ weekly, which was a lot for a town of only about 4,000. Norman and Nancy branched out in the early 80's to serve catfish battered with Norman's own fish meal recipe. They changed the restaurant name to N & N Family Restaurant to let customers know new items have been added. Norman and Nancy raised their children in the restaurant business. When they decided to semi-retire, they offered to sell the restaurant to their daughter, Becki, and her husband, Craig. A few years later, they sold N & N Snack Bar also. They tried to retire but didn't mind still helping when they stopped by N & N Family Restaurant. The customers loved seeing them also. Norman and Nancy started their new chapter and the torch was passed...

Craig worked for 1st Electric Cooperative through the week and helped at the restaurant on weekends for several years. In 1995, Craig said goodbye to his full time job and took over the ownership and management of the restaurant with Becki. Keeping the same name and same great recipes, the business continued to be a success. The on-site catering service was Craig's dream which he finally started in 2003. It was a great addition to the restaurant. Through the years, the building changed, the family grew, and customers became friends. Nancy was promoted to her new heavenly home in 2005 and we miss her daily. She is still a part of the business through the many recipes passed down. Norman is doing well and still gives advice when asked. Craig says he would not have been successful in this business without the love and teaching given to him from Norman and Nancy along with his parents Jack and Pat, who have always enjoyed helping with catering. Pat loves cooking and enjoys sharing her recipes. Becki worked in the family business from the age of 12 until January 2013 when health issues slowed her down. She was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy thinking it was temporary. After a year of complications and not able to go back to work, she was diagnosed with long term Bell's Palsy with many side effects causing her to retire from the business. They had to make the tough decision to close the oldest family ran restaurant in Cabot, now a city with a population of nearly 24,000. The restaurant closed in July 2014, and a new chapter begins...

Some call it simplifying, but Craig say he's doing what he loves. He enjoys cooking and serving people with family recipes plus plenty he has come up with on his own, well maybe with some help from his favorite critics. That would be his family and friends who know his love for garlic and spicy foods needs to be tamed every once in a while. With a new location and two catering trailers, Craig's going strong. Craig and Becki's son, Braden, is now working with his Dad in the catering business, and the tradition continues...