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Just another day (cold West Virginia day) at King Tut


The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — While it can be assumed that the historical figure King Tut never saw below-freezing temperatures, the hardships of winter weather are known to the employees of Beckley’s own King Tut Drive-In.

Rebecca Bradley hands Pat Barbara his order at King Tut Drive-In in Beckley. Despite well-below-freezing temperatures, regulars still came out to the Beckley landmark Sunday afternoon. Born and raised in Beckley, Barbara now lives in Kentucky, but had to make a stop at King Tut as he and his family passed through.
(Register-Herald photo by Matt Combs)

“It’s a win or lose,” said Rebecca Bradley. “It’s extremely hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter.”

Bradley, who has worked at the historic drive-in for six years, was the unlucky one running food orders to customers as temperatures barely crept up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday afternoon.

“It’s freezing but the people are really, really nice so that makes up for it,” Bradley said. “They’re really caring if we do take a little bit longer with it being so cold.”

Bradley, who works at King Tut six days a week, said that the past few days have been a little rough, but remembers two winters ago as particularly cold.

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