QUINCY -- Que-Town Bar-B-Que and Brews opened in the Quincy Mall last week.
Dave French, who previously worked in kitchens at several local restaurants, is operating the business along with family members. French said he's buying meat and vegetables from local farms.
Menu items include ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken, along with a variety of sauces and sides. Meats are slow cooked for up to 16 hours in state-of-the-art smokers and everything is made from scratch daily.
French said barbecue became his mission when he was asked to participate in a competition at a local church.
"I had a $20 grill and knew I wasn't going to win any competitions with that. I started looking into competition grills, and that's where my passion started. Here I am now, living my dream with my own barbecue restaurant," French said.
The restaurant's first week of operation was hectic after news of the opening was released prematurely and customers showed up when a soft opening was planned for a limited number of customers.
Que-Town Bar-B-Que is the second small business to open at Quincy Mall through the Cullinan Kickstart program. It is in the 5,300-square-foot space between Kay Jewelers and the Children's Place.
Mike Jenkins, property manager for the Quincy Mall, said the restaurant is an excellent addition for the property and community.
The Cullinan Kickstart program was created in June 2017 to help local entrepreneurs and small businesses overcome many of the start-up challenges involved in opening a new business. The program offers a variety of lease and financing options tailored to the needs of qualifying businesses at the Quincy Mall.
"The program provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to pursue their dreams and find greater success than they might on their own," said Sean Garrett, president of acquisitions and director of community relations for Cullinan Properties.
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