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Stolen Pig 'n Whistle Sign Returns to Owner After 40 Years

After 40 years, the Pig 'N Whistle two original signs are back together again.  

The first Pig'n Whistle came to Atlanta in 1927. Other locations were opened in the 1920's through the 1940's which included locations in, Macon, Augusta, Albany and Sanford, Florida. The Macon location quickly became the most famous of them all! Opening it's doors originally on Forsyth Road near Idle Hour Country Club, on what used to be called Dixie Hwy and then then another location on Hwy 247 near Seven Bridges and another on Riverside Drive near the old Captain D's. 

After the second and most popular known location on Georgia Avenue closed in 1978, it's signs were stolen.

A few years later, the owner of Satterfield’s BBQ, John McCord, received a call from a woman whose grandmother had passed away.  The caller knew McCord collected "pig" memorabilia and called to let him know they were having a yard sale and that there was an old pig sign found in the grandmother's back yard.  Not knowing the sign she was speaking of was the original sign from the Macon Pig ‘n Whistle, the caller said that the sign would be on sale at a yard sale if he was interested.  McCord was interested in purchasing the sign, however he forgot about the yard sale and did not attend.  A few days later, the woman called saying, "The Pig sign did not sell" and if he wanted it, he could have it for $20.  McCord and a friend immediately took a truck to pick up the orginal Pig 'n Whistle and had it installed in the back lot of Satterfield’s on New Street.

Now that Satterfield's is closing this Friday,  Mark Hooten was allowed to come and pick the historic sign up where it will be reunited with the other stolen sign that Hooten just acquired after a lengthy court battle was settled in his favor over an Atlantan film prop company.

After 40 years, the Pig 'N Whistle two original signs are back together again.  

Fox24's Eric Mock was downtown on New Street this morning when crews took down and secured the sign from Satterfield's restaurant just two days before Satterfield's closes for business.  Watch Fox24's video below to see the removal of the historic sign: