Small Business: Uncle Larry's brings fish fry to MLK area

Small Business: Uncle Larry's brings fish fry to MLK area

June 18th, 2013 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

Larry Torrence, right, delivers a whiting fish plate to customer Anthony Burke at Uncle Larry's Restaurant on M.L. King Boulevard.

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

Name: Uncle Larry's

Owner: Larry Torrence, 53

Opened: March 2013

Location: 736 M.L. King Blvd., next to Blue Boys

Slogan: "Fish so good it will smack you"

Menu: A variety of fried fish, including tilapia, catfish and shrimp, along with pork chops and other entrees; desserts include red velvet cake

Investment: $3,500 and four months of renovation work

Business story: Torrence, who owns the Jani King No. 9 office cleaning business, says he has always cooked fish for his family members who urged him to turn his avocation into a restaurant career.

Staff: The family-run business includes his brother, Kevin Torrence, and his nephew.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday

Menu prices: Ranging from $1 hot dogs to plates with two sides for $7.99

Phone: 423-757-5894

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