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Skylight Inn Celebrates 70th Anniversary

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Ayden, PITT COUNTY - Barbecue is a staple of North Carolina culture and Skylight Inn is known as one of the best.

After opening in 1947, the Ayden establishment is consistently rated each year as one of the top barbecue joints in the country.

Sam Jones, grandson of founder, Pete Jones, is proud of the restaurant's reputation as a family gathering place.

"We have a family vibe," says Jones."It's the feeling we try to promote here and we try to be involved in the community."

And it turns out the food isn't half bad either.

Ayden Mayor Stephen Tripp lets the food do his work for him.

"They're my secret weapon when I go to the legislators in Raleigh," said Tripp. "I say I've got Skylight Inn barbecue with me and I'm in."

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