Welcome to Two Podners

Two Podners Bar-B-Que & Seafood, The corporation is appropriately named Two Podners, and James Runnels and Fred Conwright are exactly that: two friends, two associates, and two business partners. For over a decade, they’ve been working together to achieve the same goal. Delivering quality service, food and satisfaction will always be the trademark of Two Podners as the two enterprising entrepreneurs continue to expand the corporation and diversity of its services. The dream for Runnels and Conwright began materializing in 1981, with the opening of the first Two Podners (formerly Ponderosa Barbecue) on Pennsylvania Avenue. They invested everything in the project with both men working two jobs to help make the business grow. Hard work and perseverance was paying off when a pit fire in 1982 resulted in the total devastation of the facility. “We lost our shirt in that deal,” acknowledged Conwright. But they bounced back in late 1982; they opened another store on Loop 12, shortly before reopening the Pennsylvania Avenue store in 1983. Good service, good food and good people helped build the organization’s momentum and in 1984 another store opened on Bonnie View Road. This restaurant differed from the others because fried fish was the main course. It seemed only natural for the next step to be was to combine the best of two worlds. So in 1988, Two Podners opened on Grand Avenue, and you had your choice of barbecue or seafood. With four stores in various locations, in 1989, Runnels and Conwright decided to close the Pennsylvania store, which was in such close proximity to the Grand Avenue location. It was strictly a business decision because the two partners were already looking ahead. Their eyes were set on the recently closed Burger King facility on Robert B. Cullum Boulevard and in April 1991 to the much larger and more accessible facility. During the peak season for Two Podners, the corporation employs nearly 200 people. The employees are divided between the restaurants, the State Fair of Texas and Two Podners thriving catering business. Among their clientele, you’ll find corporate catering provided for Atmos Energy, Bank of America, and Frito Lay to name a few. Other catering services are provided to area schools, churches such as St. John Family Life Center, and businesses such as the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. Business references are available .