LUMBERTON — Following a five-month hiatus, a drive-thru barbecue restaurant with a no-nonsense title has reopened for business.
BBQ on North Roberts Avenue in Lumberton welcomed customers back on Wednesday after temporarily closing in August for renovation. As part of the renovation, the drive-thru installed new grills and a fryer, among other enhancements.
“It’ll be more efficient now,” said Vayda Taylor, the restaurant’s owner.
The new equipment will allow BBQ to offer fried chicken breast, in addition to its established menu of barbecue sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, catfish, sloppy joes and breakfast biscuits.
“We had a lot of requests for the chicken,” Taylor said. “Some people really love that combination of barbecue and fried chicken.”
The restaurant, which employs five people and originally opened in April, built up a loyal customer base in its first few months of operation, according to Taylor.
“We had very good business while were open,” she said, adding that she doesn’t believe the restaurant’s long absence will hurt business.
“I would go places and people would say, ‘I sure do miss your barbecue,’” Taylor said.
BBQ is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays though Saturdays. Menu items range in price from $1.99 to $7.99.