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The First Alarm

Carolina Tater Skins 7.69
Crispy potato skins filled with our famous Pulled Pork, topped with Original Sauce and jack & cheddar. Served with a side of sour cream.

Pimento Cheese Dip 5.99
Homemade pimento cheese served hot with fresh made tortilla chips.

Firehouse Nachos 7.69
Fresh tortilla chips covered with Pulled Pork, Original Sauce, jack & cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and sour cream.

Firehouse Chips & Salsa 5.49
Fresh tortilla chips served with our homemade salsa.

Fried Pickles 6.69
Sweet and savory fried pickles served with ranch dressing for dipping.


Our salad greens are prepared fresh daily and served with cucumbers, roma tomatoes, jack & cheddar cheese and homemade croutons.

Turkey Club Salad 7.29
Fresh salad greens piled high with smoked turkey and bacon.

Carolina Pulled Pork Salad 7.49
Carolina pulled pork served on fresh salad greens.

Southern Chicken Salad 7.69
Fresh salad greens topped with crispy Southern style chicken tenders.

Bar-B-Que Chicken Salad 7.69
Char-grilled chicken breast, basted in our Original Bar-B-Que sauce on fresh salad greens.

Steakhouse Salad 9.75
A four ounce ribeye steak char-grilled to order, sliced thin, topped with blue cheese crumbles and served with House dressing.

Fire "House" Salad 5.99

Choose from our Signature Homemade Dressings: House Dressing, Blue Cheese, Original Honey Bar-B-Que, or Honey Mustard. We also offer Ranch, Raspberry Walnut Viniagrette, Oil & Vinegar.


Bar-B-Que Platters & More

All platters are served with our choice of two sides and Tennessee Toast.

Smoked Beef Brisket 11.99
Dry rubbed, hickory smoked, sliced thick, and perfectly tender USDA choice beef. Covered in our Original Sauce.

Original Thin Sliced Pork 8.99
Thinly sliced smoked pork covered in our Original Sauce – the Bar-B-Que that started it all.

Baby-Back Ribs
A Firehouse Specialty. The finest Hickory Smoked, tender baby back ribs, basted with our Original sauce and char-grilled to perfection.

Full Rack 17.49
Half Rack 12.39

Carolina Pulled Pork 8.99
Hickory smoked for 16 hours, hand pulled and marinated in our Carolina-Style sauce.

Original Thin Sliced Beef 10.95
Hickory Smoked top-round, thinly sliced and covered in our Original Sauce.

Chicken Tenders Platter 9.89
Four strips of crispy fried chicken served with your choice of homemade dipping sauce.

Char-Grilled Bar-B-Que Chicken 8.99
Char-grilled chicken breast basted with our Original Sauce and topped with grilled pineapple.

Bar-B-Que Sandwiches

Authentic Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que topped with slaw. Comes with your choice of one side item.

Fresh Burgers

All burgers come with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayo and one side.

The Chief 7.49
Our classic six ounce burger lightly seasoned and grilled to order.

Southern Queso Burger 8.49
Our classic six ounce Chief with melted homemade pimento cheese.

Bacon & Cheddar Burger 7.99
Our classic six ounce Chief topped with applewood smoked bacon and Cheddar cheese. (Substitute bleu cheese for something a little different!)

Veggie Burger 7.49
An all vegetable burger on a multi-grain bun with House Dressing.

Famous Sandwiches

All sandwiches come with your choice of one side item.

Firehouse Reuben 8.49
Certified Black Angus Corned Beef served hot on grilled marbled rye bread with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and our signature House dressing. (Make it a Turkey Reuben for no additional charge.)

The Volunteer 8.99
Char-grilled Bar-B-Que chicken breast with Swiss cheese, applewood smoked bacon, grilled pineapple, lettuce and mayo on a grilled onion roll.

Firehouse Club 7.69
Smoked turkey, ham and applewood bacon stacked high with American or Pimento Cheese, lettuce tomato and mayo on white or wheat toast.

Bar-B-Que Chicken Sandwich 7.99
Char-grilled chicken breast basted in our Original Sauce on an onion roll with Swiss Cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

French Dip 7.69
Smoked beef with melted cheddar cheese on a grilled onion roll and served with Au Jus.

Rib Eye Steak Sandwich 9.49
Seasoned choice ribeye char-grilled to order on a grilled bun with lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Smoked Turkey Croissant 7.89
Smoked turkey piled high on a flakey croissant with bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

"Smokehouse" Combinations

Served with your choice of two sides and Tennessee Toast. Combinations with Baby Back Ribs come with a half slab.

#1 Baby Back Ribs & Pork 16.95
Baby Back Ribs with your choice of Pulled or Sliced Pork.

#2 Baby Back Ribs & Chicken 16.95
Baby Back Ribs and Bar-B-Que Chicken Breast.

#3 Baby Back Ribs & Beef 17.95
Baby Back Ribs and thin Sliced Bar-B-Que Beef.

#4 Bar-B-Que Beef & Pork 12.95
Thin Sliced Bar-B-Que Beef with your choice of Pulled or Sliced Pork. (Sub Beef Brisket for $1 extra.)

#5 The Hero 21.49
Baby Back Ribs, Beef Brisket and Char-grilled Bar-B-Que Chicken.

Ole' #7 - The Chief's Choice 18.95
Baby Back Ribs and Bar-B-Que Chicken with your choice of Pulled or Sliced Pork.

From the Grill

Served with your choice of two sides and Tennessee Toast.

Baby Back Ribs
The finest Hickory Smoked and tender, baby-back ribs, basted with our Original Sauce.
Full Rack 17.99
Half Rack 12.39

Chopped Steak Platter 8.99
Eight ounces of hand pattied, fresh ground chuck cooked to order.

Choice Rib Eye 15.95
USDA Choice 10 ounce steak, perfectly marbled and cooked to order.

Smoked Quarter Chicken 8.25
Slow cooked then basted with our original sauce. Available Thursday – Saturday after 5:00 pm.

Bone-In Pork Chop 11.99
Thick cut bone-in pork chop seasoned and cooked to perfection.

Lighter Choices

Grilled Chicken Breast & Veggies 6.69
Lightly seasoned chicken breast with steamed vegetables.

Soup & House Salad 6.99

French Onion Soup & Salad 7.99

BBQ Stuffed Potato 3.89
Baked potato stuffed with our pulled pork, topped with jack & cheddar cheese.

Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Potato 3.89
Baked potato stuffed with steamed broccoli covered in jack & cheddar cheese.

Temptation Station

Chocolate Delight 3.69
A Firehouse delicacey, this homemade gooey chocolate chip and pecan specialty is served with Ice Cream.

Fudge Finale 3.99
German Chocolate Brownie topped with coconut icing, topped with Ice Cream and hot fudge.

Pecan Pie Square 3.69
Delicous rich pecan square with a buttery crust, topped with ice cream.

Apple Pan Dowdy 3.89
Spiced apple and cinnamon dessert served warm, topped with vanilla ice cream and smooth, creamy caramel.

Ask about our Featured Homemade Dessert!

Best of Sides

Bar-B-Que Beans 1.69 / Large 1.99

Baked Potato Salad 1.69

Steak Fries 1.99
Fried in zero trans fat canola oil.

Broccoli Salad 1.99

Cole Slaw 1.79

Baked Potato 2.69

Hashbrown Casserole 1.99
(Available after 5pm and all day Sunday.)

Steamed Broccoli 1.69

The Bucket Brigade

Free refills on soft drinks, coffee and tea. Dr. Enuf and Cheerwine are served as 12 oz. bottles and are single serving only.

Fresh Brewed Iced Tea 1.99

Fountain Soft Drinks 1.99
Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mtn. Dew, Dr. Pepper, Tropicana Lemonade, Sierra Mist

Milk - 2% or Chocolate 1.89

Gourmet Coffee 1.89

Decaf Gourmet Coffee 1.89

Dr. Enuf 1.75

Diet Dr. Enuf 1.75

Cheerwine 1.75

Hot Chocolate 1.79

Hot Tea 1.69

The Firehouse Way

At The Firehouse, we use only the finest and freshest quality ingredients to prepare our homemade recipes and dishes. Our bar-b-que meats are all smoked with hickory wood in our commissary kitchen next door. This process gives our "Authentic Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que" the robust flavor and rosy appearance that is visible only in the real thing.

Smoked Beef Brisket
It's our first new Bar-B-Que addition to the menu in years, and we think we've got it right. Choice Beef Brisket dry rubbed with a special Firehuse blend and then Hickory Smoked for 16 hours.

Carolina Pulled Pork
Commonly referred to as a pork shoulder and often the most popular Bar-B-Que choice wherever you go, our Carolina Pulled Pork is hickory smoked for 16 hours and then hand pulled.

Thin-Sliced Pork
BRT. Boned, Rolled and Tied. These flavorful boneless hams are smoked up to 6 hours and thin sliced. Our most popular choice for full service and pick up caterings!

Sliced Beef
We buy the finest, leanest beef top round and then smoke it until it’s absolutely perfect. Smoke time - 5 hours.

Baby Back Ribs
Our fall-off-the-bone ribs are made exactly like ribs should be. Each rack is smoked and then grilled to sweet and savory perfection.

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Meet Our Leadership Team


Felicia Gouge

Catering Sales

Leya Martinez

Leya Martinez

Assistant Manager

Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Leya considers Tennessee home. She has been a part of The Firehouse’ team for over 7 years and has a passion for investing in the lives of those she works with each day. She loves that we have an environment where learning and growing is encouraged and sought after and that we truly care about our guests and staff.

Leya's Favorites

  • Book: Jane Eyre
  • Music: Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
  • Place: Charleston, SC
  • Bucket List: Hike the Appalachian Trail
Donna Seaton

Donna Seaton

Mrs. Donna is always there to lend a hand and constantly serving others in one of her many roles at The Firehouse. Whether it’s baking homemade desserts for the restaurant in her own kitchen or serving our staff in every way possible, her smile and sweet servant spirit are contagious.

Donna's Favorites

  • Book: The Notebook
  • Music: Country!
  • Place: Home
  • Bucket List: Visit Jerusalem
Justin Seaton

Justin Seaton

Business Development

Went to Samford University in Alabama. Started working at The Firehouse at a younger age than most & was hired full time in April 2012

Justin's Favorites

  • Book: Blue Like Jazz
  • Music: Darrell Scott & Zac Brown Band
  • Place: Fly Fishing in a river in the mountains or at the beach
  • Bucket List: Live on a sailboat deep down south
Tom Seaton

Tom Seaton


Who would have thought that a BBQ-Sandwich Shop in the back of the old ETSU Buc-Mart would become one of the region’s most prominent locally owned restaurant’s 32 years later? Tom Seaton founded The Firehouse with close friend Jimmy Carter in the summer of 1980 & has never looked back. His enthusiasm for teaching & growing young leaders reaches far beyond the walls of The Firehouse as he often participates in leadership forums all throughout the-Tri Cities. His passion is to make a difference that matters in the lives of those who work here.

Tom's Favorites

  • Book: Soul Print, Love Works
  • Music: Zac Brown Band
  • Place: Mountains of East Tennessee
  • Bucket List: Visit Jerusalem
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Community Partners

Coalition For Kids Coalition for Kids
The Coalition is a non-profit organization with a mission to help children in need. Here they find a Safe Place, with professional tutors and a staff of volunteers. 
Doe River Gorge Doe River Gorge
Faith. Adventure. Fun. If you’re looking for the ultimate Summer Camp, this is it! Doe River Gorge is a place "For Young People and Those Who Love Them".
Johnson City Chamber Johnson City Chamber of Commerce
The Johnson City Chamber is organized to promote business, enance economic and community development, and serve as a catalyst for improving the overall quality of life in the community and region.
Rise Up! for Kids RISE UP!
Rise Up! is dedicated to inspiring, influencing, and impacting kids to one day attain post high school training and education degrees through their mentoring, small groups and after school programs.
Summit Leadership Foundation Summit Leadership Foundation
The Mission of Summit Leadership Foundation is to connect Christian leaders in order to empower and equip them to accomplish the work God has called them to do.
United Way United Way
The Well The Well
The Well is a community of college students gathering together in a fun, open atmosphere to seek God together! Main gatherings are Wednesdays at 9pm @ Grace Fellowship Church. You can find them all over campus, all throughout the week, playing intramurals, hosting dances, showing movies, or any number of other events.
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Where We've Been

The Firehouse was originally opened in 1980 by Tom Seaton and Jimmy Carter as Bucwood Bar-B-Que.

Bucwood Barbeque MenuLocated in the back storeroom of the "Buc Plaza" convenience market on the corner of ETSU's campus (where Roadrunner Market sits now), word spread quickly about the small operation. What began as a means to work their way through college, Tom, Jimmy & two other employees offered a simple menu of Bar-B-Que sandwiches & side items.

(Left: Bucwood Barbeque Drive-Thru Menu)




Tom and his father on the day the firestation was purchased.

Later that year, after quickly outgrowing their first location, they purchased the Walnut Street Firestation at auction from The City of Johnson City.

(Right: Tom & his father, Jack, the day the Walnut St. Firestation was purchased at auction.)

The drive though was relocated to the newly purchased Walnut Street Firestation and opened January 2, 1981 as Bucwood’s Firehouse Bar-B-Que. Later that year after the interior of the Firestation was remodeled, The Firehouse opened as a 130 seat quick-service restaurant for lunch & dinner 6 days a week.

First Firehouse MenuThe first 5 years of operation were a struggle. Having no previous restaurant experience, Tom & Jimmy quickly learned that there was more to operating a restaurant than they could have imagined. In 1987 the decision was made to offer The Firehouse Country Breakfast, which breathed new life into the business and also necessitated being open 7 days a week in order to establish itself as a full-service family restaurant.

(Left: The first Firehouse Bar-B-Que Menu)




As a result from the success seen from the Country Breakfast, the need was realized for the first expansion of the restaurant.

The Firehouse Pre-Expansion
(Above: The Firehouse, pre-expansion.)

The first need was to expand the kitchen. The catch was that the cost to increase the size of the kitchen was more than double their resources at the time and seemed very unlikely this was even a possibility. During a conversation one day in the restaurant with a man named Eddie Garland, Tom briefly mentioned and showed Eddie the general concept for the expansion. By the end of the conversation, a deal was struck and a blessing delivered on a handshake to do the job for significantly less than Tom had to spend. The kitchen addition & remodel were completed in a few short months by Eddie & his right hand man.



Tom grabs a quick lunch and checks out the progress of the remodeling.

Tom and Jerry Jackson preparing Thanksgiving turkeys.

Over the next few years, The Firehouse began to establish its reputation as one of the top restaurants in Johnson City. Jerry Jackson, one of the first Kitchen Managers, played an integral part in the growth and development of the restaurant while working tirelessly alongside of Tom in the earlier years.

(Left: Tom and Jerry Jackson preparing Thanksgiving turkeys.)







Due to the continued growth of the business, the need for another expansion was seen in 1992 with the addition of the “West Wing” and more lobby space at the front of the restaurant for a 1925 Seagraves Suburbanite Fire Engine that Tom had purchased in 1991.

Tom outside the new wing.
(Above: Tom in front of the new catering and commissary building.)

Taking deliveries in the fire truck.
(Above: Tom and Justin taking delivery of the 1925 Seagrave Suburbanite Firetruck from Hank Strickland. Hank, who was a Battalion Chief for the Hilton Head Fire Department in South Carolina, hauled the Firetruck he had personally restored all the way to The Firehouse from Hilton Head.)

The Firetruck was even featured in a photo for an article written by Southern Living about The Firehouse in 2004.

Southern Living article p. 1

Southern Living article p. 2-3

In 2004, The Firehouse began to change the way it does business. Where the focus for years had primarily been results driven, there began a shift towards being more relationships focused with the staff. That focus on people, on our staff and building relationships with our team remains one of our top priorities today along with pursuing excellence in everything we do here at The Firehouse.

Letter from a catering customer

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2017 Remodel

In June of 2017, we closed for two weeks to remodel our downtown Johnson City restaurant, and we're very pleased with the results. Come see what's new at the Firehouse.

Click here to learn more about our remodel.

The Firehouse Today

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Where We're Going

Corporate Purpose
Engaging our God given resources to make a difference that matters in the lives of everyone we serve.
Great Food, Famous Hospitality, Tomorrow’s Leaders
Excellence in leadership and team development, to create a positive impact in the full service hospitality industry.


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Whole Smoked Turkeys

$4.99 per lb.

Thanksgiving Pick Up
Monday 11/21
Tuesday 11/22
Wednesday 11/23

Christmas Pick Up
Wednesday 12/21
Thursday 12/22
Friday 12/23

Large corporate orders available!

Also Available
Hashbrown Casserole – $38.00 per pan
Green Beans – $30.00 per pan
Pans serve 26-30.

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2017 Firehouse Renovations

Since 1980, we have had the privilege to be a part of an amazing community, with the best people, in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to build long lasting relationships throughout this community and with our incredibly loyal guests for 37 years.

25 years ago, The Firehouse underwent a major renovation project and closed for two weeks. That project included a major kitchen addition, the engine room (waiting area), and a whole new dining room on the west side of the building. The goal; make improvements to the 1930 Walnut St. Fire Hall that would give us the ability to better serve our guests. It was an ambitious and necessary project that accomplished everything we had hoped it would.

For several years, we have been planning how to best use the remaining available space we have to better serve our guests. After looking at many different possibilities on the property at 627 West Walnut St., we settled on a plan and have been sharpening that plan for quite some time. The project focuses on upgrading and expanding the now 25 year old kitchen, expands the capacity of the carryout business and creates a few other unique opportunities for the restaurant.

We are very excited about the opportunity that this project creates for our Company and our incredible team. Firehouse Catering will remain open and operate fully June 12 - 26 (excluding Sundays). We will post updates on Facebook periodically during this time. For an inside look at the project, check out @thefirehouse on INSTAGRAM, where will be posting behind the scenes photos of all that is happening.

We eagerly look forward to RE-OPENING on JUNE 27th and seeing serving you again soon.

The Firehouse Team