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Barbecue Joint (Chapel Hill, NC) closed?

I went to drop by today to get some lunch, and they had a sign on the door from the sheriff indicating that it was padlocked and entering the building would be trespassing. Does anyone know anything more? It was so convenient to my house, and so good (with non-BBQ options for my wife) that I'll be disappointed if it's gone for good.

The Barbecue Joint
630 Weaver Dairy Rd Ste 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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  1. That doesn't sound too good ... I know they have been trying to move for quite awhile from their Weaver Dairy location to Village Plaza, but something tells me if this was just a move there would be a sign on the door, not a padlock ... money troubles, perhaps?

    Edited to add: I just tried to call them and the phone is still connected but no one picks up and there's no voicemail either.

    1. I only went once to the Q Joint. I heard good things about the sides and some of the items that were NOT bbq. That being said. It was empty when I was in there and maybe they just don't do a lunch crowd, but it seemed to be lauded by quite a few people and will be missed if they haven't transferred.

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      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        I just had dinner there Friday before last (March 26th) and the dining area was mostly full. The food was good as always and nothing seemed amiss with the staff. I meant to ask them if they were still making plans to move to Village Plaza, but I forgot. It would be disappointing if they closed for good.

      2. This happened a few years ago when there was an issue with taxes. They were only closed for a day or two. I'm hoping this is a similar deal since the phone still works. Hopefully they will be back up soon, they have the best pie and fried green tomatoes in town!

        1. I've also only been once, but thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and would be disappointed if the place closed. Maybe I need to get myself in there again soon if they're still open.

          1. Sadly, the Joint is out of business. This is from a reliable source (former employee).

            1. The News and Observer reports today that they'll be reopening this fall:

              In Chapel Hill, The Barbecue Joint has also closed, but the closing is only temporary. According to owner Jonathan Childres, he and partner Damon Lapis plan to reopen the restaurant this fall in a larger location with a full bar. In the meantime, gift certificates will be honored for catering services, which continue to be offered and can be arranged by calling 332-7504. Or you can hold onto your gift certificates until the new restaurant opens in the fall. Childres promises they'll still be honored.

              Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/04/2...

              The Barbecue Joint
              630 Weaver Dairy Rd Ste 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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              1. re: rafeco

                Their old location was just terrible. The beer store that was next door went under a few years ago. I remember actually trying to find the place and driving by it twice.

                I hope they do open up in a new location. That being said, you hear that frequently from business owners who have closed down. Many never reopen.

                1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                  I live almost equidistant between them and Allen & Son and found myself ending up at Allen & Son when in the mood for que-- assuming he was open. The place I'd like to see the Barbeque Joint replace is Jim's Famous (according to whom?) BBQ near Whole Foods. I've had their food a couple of times and the que was always overcooked, dry, and overly sauced.

                  The Barbeque Joint
                  1083 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

                  1. re: bbqme

                    Oh, that is a GREAT idea. I mean, who is Jim and to whom is he famous? I don't think I've ever seen any one coming out of the place. BBQ Joint there (with ... I shake with excitement ... a full bar!) would be fantastic.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      If I recall correctly BBQ joint WAS mentioned as moving to that area when the first 3cups/Sandwhich/Locopops are moving near Whole Foods rumors came around years ago.

                      1. re: LulusMom

                        Jim is actually a really nice guy who works his tail off. I like that place.

                      2. re: bbqme

                        I've not been to Jim's nor claim to know anything about him or his food. The BBQ Joint though always seemed to get raves more for it's non-traditional offerings. The BBQ I've had there was only mediocre at best. Given that their business never seemed hopping when I was there, I can't see them moving into a space as big as Jim's. Now.. if Ed Mitchell wants to takeover Jim's and make it more of a joint like he had in the Wilson area.. be my guest, but it seems that Jim's gets a fair amount of business.

                        I could see the BBQ joint either more in Timberlyne or somewhere on Franklin... that type of set up.

                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                          The joint's truck was at the Haw River Festival in Saxapahaw on Saturday, and I had a mighty good sandwich from it. They echo'd the report above that the restaurant is closed. Hope the partners do find a new location, but it's never good to end a run with a sheriff's padlock on your door.

                          The Barbecue Joint
                          302B Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27514

                  2. I went by today and something new is going in this space. It's called Pig and I don't know if it's run by the same people although it appeared that way. They listed a website but my search didn't turn up anything. Does anybody know anything about this?
                    I would be thrilled to see something new from the Barbecue Joint people. I loved thier food.

                    The Barbecue Joint
                    630 Weaver Dairy Rd Ste 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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                    1. re: ncpearl

                      I heard a rumor (from a friend who knows one of the owners) this weekend that the BBQ Joint guys were going to move the 'Q into the Bada wings site in Carrboro and do it as a late night eatery type place.

                      1. re: Lucydevil

                        As in that is the only time they're open - late at night? Sorry to be dense, but would that make sense, money wise or am I not getting it?

                        1. re: Lucydevil

                          Is Bada Wings in Carrboro leaving? They just got there after moving from their place next to Flying Burrito.