The original Guthrie’s was opened in Haleyville, Alabama in 1965. Hal Guthrie, an Auburn alumni of the graduating class of 1962, alongside his wife began operations with a full-service menu, featuring items such as whole chicken, hamburger steaks and a salad bar. It wasn’t until 1982 that, with the convincing of Joe’s oldest brother, Hal was moved to take Guthrie’s journey down the road to the Loveliest Village on the Plains.
The second location of Guthrie’s began as the site of a former Sonic building. According to Joe, with a few renovations, business quickly began to boom at the new Auburn location.