Barth named Business Person of the Year
BOB SLOAN Editor
After hearing his name announced as the 2019 Business Person of the Year during Friday’s Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon at the Florence Center, Barth hugged his daughter, shook a few hands, and then made his way to the podium.
After accepting the award from Wells Fargo executive Robb Sasser, Barth said he thought there were others that were more or just as deserving of the honor. He then simply said ”thank you” and returned to his seat.
A restaurateur and businessman, Barth has been anything but silent when it comes to the economic impact his ventures have had on the city of Florence over the last decade.
Chamber President Mike Miller said the business person of the year is someone who has “managed a successful business with a record of responsibility toward employees, customers and members of the greater Florence community.”
Barth certainly fits the bill. He began operating his first restaurant, P.A.’s, in Florence in 1992. A few years later he turned his attention to opening a second restaurant. Using his own concept, design and creativity, Barth converted the old J.C. Penney at the Florence Mall into a restaurant with a unique atmosphere and a menu that was perfectly suited for a Palmetto State palate. He named the restaurant Red Bone Alley, after his daughter, Alley, and her dog, a redbone hound.
The restaurant became a local favorite and word quickly spread. In introducing Barth, Sasser said, “Red Bone Alley has since become a landmark in Florence and is popular with locals and those passing through Florence.”
With his restaurant, which presently has 100 employees, finding such success, Barth continued to expand the Red Bone brand and opened a manufacturing business of specialty spices and sauces.
He converted an old abandoned building into an industrial kitchen and food packaging area that not only produces and packages Red Bone branded products but also products for other boutique food companies, supplying 6,000 grocery stores.
“Red Bone Foods was one of the first private investments in the revitalization efforts of downtown Florence,” said Sasser.
Sasser also pointed out that Barth was one of the first investors in New Florence Development, the partnership that redeveloped Kress Corner.
In 2016, Barth partnered with the Indigo Road Hospitality Group of Charleston to develop and open another restaurant in downtown Florence, Town Hall Restaurant and Bar. Like Red Bone Alley, Town Hall offers a unique dining experience with an exceptional menu.
Sasser pointed out that while Barth has been tremendously successful from a business standpoint, he has never lost contact with his desire to help support the Florence community. Sasser pointed out that Barth’s restaurants provided hundreds of meals for free in the days following hurricanes Matthew, Florence and Michael.
“Dale Barth is a man most deserving of this award,” said Sasser.