As government restrictions ease up on local businesses, one neighborhood restaurant continues to offer comfort food and unbeatable customer services. The Drug Store Grill in Brookneal opened in 2010 under the ownership of the Pritt family. Not just your average restaurant, it boasts a fire pit wood grill and an upstairs sports bar.

The original building was erected in 1913 after the Brookneal town fire. When the drug store was rebuilt, the downstairs was made into the town drugstore, and the upstairs became the dental office.

Interestingly, the town’s first phone was wired from the local doctor’s office to the drug store. The store remained open and continued as a part of the town until 1990. Since then, it has been renovated and restored to become a warm, welcoming dining experience. 

The former drug store is now the main dining room, with the upstairs turned into a sports bar with big screen televisions, live entertainment, and fantastic food.

The website,, includes an events schedule to check for live performances and karaoke nights. The Grill supports local entertainers by booking shows with hometown bands and musicians. They also offer catering services and private events, such as bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and birthday parties.

In addition to lunch, dinner, and brunches, they also have daily specials, posted on their Facebook page. During the quarantine restaurant restrictions, the Drug Store grill was working under reduced hours and an abbreviated menu, but it continued serving customers by offering carry out, curbside pickup, and even local delivery. With Covid-19 restrictions starting to lift, the Drug Store Grill has opened up their patio for outdoor dining.

One local customer said, “It’s the best place to get awesome barbeque, the best place in town.” Whether looking for a comfortable dining experience, live entertainment, or a bit of small town nostalgia, the Drug Store Grill in Brookneal is certain to meet your expectations.

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