It’s no coincidence that a man whose restaurant company is predicated on the philosophy of simple excellence and superior efficiency carries one master key that opens not only the door to his home, but also the door to each of his chain’s 24 locations in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. For more than half a century, Fred “Pal” Barger, founder and chairman of the drive-thru-only quick-service concept Pal’s Sudden Service, has guided his company and ...

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