Busy Bee celebrates 100 years

As if by magic, kids appeared wherever Busy Bee “Queen Bee” Kitty Spears stopped with her sack of freezer pops. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – On Saturday, the 100th anniversary celebration of the Busy Bee was officially supposed to start at 2 p.m., but diners and well-wishers had other ideas.  By 1 p.m., the restaurant was full, as was all outside seating, and the crowd, like the party, was just getting started.

Just before official start time, the Busy Bee’s “Queen Bee” Kitty Spears told The Tribune, “So far, it’s been slammed!  It’s just now actually getting started, but we’ve been slammed all day. I want everybody to just to enjoy and have fun.  That’s what it’s all about.”

When asked what it meant to be celebrating in her restaurant eight years to the day after a tornado brought the building down around, and on, her, Spears laughed as she replied, “I’m glad to be here!  But yeah, everything’s great. I just love Cullman and love the people in Cullman.”

The celebration featured kids’ games, face painting, carnival-style rides, a car show and live music from the Cotton Pickin’ Kids.

Co-owner and son of the Queen Bee, Kyle Spears, shared, “I really appreciate all the support this community has given us over the years; I’m very thankful for that, and I just hope everybody has a great time today.”

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As customers lined up Saturday, there was hardly a seat to be found at the Busy Bee, inside or out. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

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