Ray and Geneva Goad opened their first restaurant ten years after being discharged from the Navy at the end of WWII with Rays Midway Restaurant in Pinnacle, NC.
He became known for serving his style of Country Ham with his Mother’s homemade southern biscuits at Rays Starlight Restaurant opened in 1962 in Mount Airy, N.C., the home of Andy Griffith and Mayberry, USA.
Ray Goad became an American Fast Food Pioneer when he was the very first to serve his Country Ham and Sausage Biscuits in his Rays Kingburger fast-food restaurants operated across five of the Mid-Atlantic States. You can’t eat at a Rays restaurant today, but you can find a Biscuit Sandwich at fast-food restaurants all across the USA.
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In 1972, there was not a single McDonalds, Wendys, or Hardees that was open for breakfast. Ray Goad was the first to open for breakfast at his Ray's Kingburger restaurants featuring his Country Ham and homemade from scratch southern biscuits that his mother made at Ray's Starlight Restaurant, in Mount Airy, N.C.
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Ray Goad was a true Fast Food pioneer. You can't eat at a Rays Kingburger restaurant today, but you will find Ray Goad's Breakfast Biscuit sandwich at any fast food restaurant all across the USA. And now you can enjoy the taste of his Original Style Blue Ridge Mountain Country Ham in every slice of the Rays Country Ham Brand. It's
AND THE STORY GOES ON
R. J. Goad and Susan Goad Massey head Ray’s Country Ham Company LLC today,
and are perpetuating the legacy of Rays and the rich traditions of
Blue Ridge Mountain cured Country Ham.
HOME OF RAY'S COUNTRY HAM -- MAYBERRY, USA.
If you know where North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky almost join, that's where Rays Country Ham was born. That was long before Ray became the first to ever serve Country Ham between a Southern Biscuit in America's Fast Food Restaurants. And if you know and love the beautiful shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, that's where you will still find us today. They called that place Mount Airy long before our neighbor Andy Griffith and the rest of the world started calling it Mayberry. We just call it home, and that's a place on this map where you will find
A TASTE FROM ANOTHER PLACE IN TIME.