I work at Cracker Barrel – every restaurant must have the same 5 decorations on show
UNIQUE, vintage decorations are part of the experience of eating at Cracker Barrel.
The Singleton family has been handpicking and sourcing items and decorating restaurants since the chain first opened in 1969, according to Country Living.
Larry Singleton is now the decor manager who oversees a 26,000-square-foot decor warehouse with about 90,000 items.
The plethora of decorations customers have come to know and love have five mainstays for every location.
A deer head is positioned about the dining room fireplaces.
Patrons are showered in good luck from the horseshoes that hang above all front door exteriors.
Every retail section has a cookstove used as a display. When the restaurant first opened, Singleton bought these stoves off people's porches.
The Singletons noticed ox yokes were nailed above barn doors in the South so the family added them to the list of necessary decorations.
Traffic lights are always hung above the bathrooms. These used to be abundant, but are now harder to find.
Each restaurant has about 1,000 antiques picked from the warehouse.
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Singleton and his crew of four find, clean, repair, pick, and prep every item in the warehouse before it finds a forever home in a Cracker Barrell location.
Larry's parents, Kathleen and Don Singleton owned an antique shop called Spider Web Antiques in Lebanon, Tennessee, where Cracker Barrel originated.
Danny Evins, the founder of Cracker Barrel, reached out to Kathleen and Don to see if they could help him decorate a restaurant he was opening nearby.
Since then Larry has inherited the job and the Singleton family has had a part in decorating every Cracker barrel location.
Cracker Barrel and other restaurants like it all have small things that provide a special experience.
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