Broad Street Barbecue owner and founder Steve Hanes has consolidated the operation to the location at 2921 Center St. in Kingsport. David Grace photo.
KINGSPORT - Broad Street Barbecue isn't on Broad Street anymore.
Owner and founder Steve Hanes shut down the original restaurant location at 115 Broad St. on Feb. 9, consolidating the operation into his other location at 2921 Center St., in front of the old Winn-Dixie at the intersection of Center Street and Memorial Boulevard.
The original Broad Street location opened in January 2002, while the Center Street location opened in September 2005.
"We always wanted to get a drive through at some point in time. The logistics of the building downtown didn't allow for that," Hanes said Friday. "We decided to come up here (to Center Street) and see what happened. The business up here started to do better than the one downtown."
The restaurant serves hand-pulled pork cooked 16 hours. Hanes' restaurant offers three sauce choices: Memphis or catsup and molasses style; North Carolina vinegar style; and South Carolina or mustard style.
The business also serves barbecued ribs, barbecued chicken and hot dogs.
Hanes said running two business across town from each other meant a lot of trips between the two.
"I decided just to bring everything under one roof," Hanes said. "If the powers that be will let me expand, I'm working on that right now."
The plan is to add an expansion of about 15 feet by 60 feet on the Memorial Boulevard side of the building, creating space for another 50 to 75 seats in addition to the existing 50-seat capacity.
The Center Street location over the years has housed an eBay auction store, liquor store, dry cleaners and the Bristol Circle Shell. During renovations, Hanes said workers found an old service bay left from the station.
A collage of photos at the restaurant pays homage to the Shell, operated by the late Chick Jeter. He was the father of Hanes' friend Jack Jeter, whose daughter works at the restaurant.
Hanes leases the Center Street building and also leased the Broad Street one.
"He was a great renter. I hate to see him go," said John Parker, an attorney who owns the 115 Broad St. building.
Parker said he has two people interested in renting the building, one for another restaurant and another for a karaoke operation. In addition, Parker said he has two interested buyers for the building, which upstairs houses his law offices.
Aside from whatever businesses locate in Parker's building, Vicki Magnus, manager of the Broad Street location for four years, and her husband have started Magnus Tire and Service, 701 E. Center St.
"I wish Hanes well and Vicki, too," Parker said. "I hope Broad Street does well, too."
Hanes said he also hopes downtown continues to flourish and redevelop, adding that he hopes his business there for just more than five years helped downtown. In addition, he said he someday might be interested in locating in the proposed Kings Port on the Holston development along the Holston River, but for now one location is all he can handle.
"Downtown was very good to us," Hanes said. "They were really supportive of Broad Street Barbecue. I hated to leave down there. It was a business decision."
The consolidated location on Center Street has winter hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. but will expand to 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. as the weather warms. The restaurant's phone number is 247-TOGO (8646).