Smoke will soon rise from a local barbecue chain’s newest location.
Q Barbeque, run by pit master and reality TV star Tuffy Stone, is aiming to have a new Chesterfield location up and running in June. It will be Q’s fourth restaurant and its first standalone space.
“All of our other stores are shopping center end caps, so it will be interesting to see how having a standalone store changes things,” Stone said. “It will sort of be an experiment.”
Stone said the new store, at 13800 Fribble Way off of Hull Street near Swift Creek Reservoir, has been in the works for more than a year and has had numerous delays.
“We were hoping to have things done by now, but, when we got in there, we found significant structural problems,” he said. “The building had to be completely reworked.”
Renovations on the 4,200-square-foot property are being done by Graybeal Construction and will cost about $600,000, Stone said. The building is a former Friendly’s location and will seat 120 inside. A new patio will seat another 30 to 40 patrons, he said.
Stone, who stars in the Destination America show “BBQ Pitmasters,” said he had a lot of faith in the new location.
“In terms of just vehicle traffic, there are more eyeballs on this store than any of our other stores,” he said. “As far as demographics, we feel like that’s a good location.”
Q opened a location last fall at the Corner at Short Pump. Stone said he was going to focus on running the current locations for the next few months before eying any further expansion.
“We’re going to be fine-tuning and tweaking our processes and organization,” he said. “It’s one thing to grow in locations, but I think you have to grow as a company as well. So once we do all that, we’ll get our heads together this fall and see if there are new opportunities out there.”