My First BBQ Joint Still Open!

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Tagged in: history , barbecue products

I was looking through Michael Karl Witzel's fun new book, Barbecue Road Trip, when I spotted a reference to Bill's Barbecue in Richmond, Virginia.  This brought back a flood of memories.  In 1967, I was in graduate school at the University of Richmond and lived on Monument Avenue, just a few blocks from Bill's.  I never had much BBQ when I was growing up in northern Virginia, so I started getting takeout from Bill's.  Invariably it was the same thing everytime: minced pork topped with coleslaw and a eastern North Carolina-style barbecue sauce.  And Bill's is still in business today, 78 1/2 years after its founding on June 2, 1930.  There never was a "Bill."  An out-of-work sign maker named the restaurant and painted the logo on the front window--in trade for some barbecue, of course.  The logo is still the same, and it looks like it was designed in 1930:

 

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