Respess Brothers Barbecue, started in 1934 by brothers V. Alton Respess, Clement M. (Smug) and Ronald Respess, was long a landmark in Greenville north of the river. Many notable people tasted Respess Barbecue including Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House from Texas and the actor, Mickey Rooney. Respess Barbecue was would ship 25 to 50 pounds of barbecue by train to Washington, DC every Monday afternoon to be served on Tuesdays at the White House cafeteria. It was said President F. D. Roosevelt would eat it up. The Respess Brothers retired in 1972 and the building was sold. After housing numerous other restaurants, the Respess Brothers Barbecue building burned on Aug. 20, 1997.