Terrell's Bar-B-Que has moved; Gator Dawgs planning to close

Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.

In restaurant news, Terrell's Bar-B-Que has moved and Gator Dawgs is shutting down.

Terrell's Bar-B-Que To Go takeout and catering business moved to 1916 NE Waldo Road last week to make way for a new Dollar General to be constructed at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

The old-fashioned Southern barbecue joint that calls itself "the home of the pile" for its piles of barbecued ribs is in its fourth location in 10 years after starting on Northwest 16th Avenue and later moving to South Main Street.

Gator Dawgs plans to shut down after business Sunday or Monday, citing declining sales. But owner Otis Britt said he is having second thoughts because of record sales fueled by regulars encouraging people to come in, including University of Florida student body president Ashton Charles, who has a vegan dog named after her.

The eatery opened for homecoming 2006 at 1023 W. University Ave. Sales were good for the first couple years, but declined over the last couple years, including a $30,000 drop over the last football season, Britt said.

Britt, who owns Gator Dawgs with wife, Candy, said they would probably go back to managing restaurants.

Gator Dawgs has 30 different hot dogs, plus burgers and other sandwiches. Among the better known menu items is a Bulldawg -- a quarter-pound burger and hot dog, both deep fried and topped with chili, cheese sauce, bacon, french fries, grilled peppers and onions, weighing more than 2 pounds, and another huge sandwich -- a half pound burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon, tomato and mayo.

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