Terrell’s Bar-B-Que relocates

Michael Beard, the owner of Terrell’s Bar-B-Que, checks on several racks of ribs he is cooking as they smoke on the grill near the mobile restaurant.

Brad McClenny/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 8:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 8:58 p.m.

Terrell's Bar-B-Que has moved from its longtime location on NE 16th Avenue to a spot on NE Waldo Road.

The business moved from 1130 NE 16th Ave., where it had been located for several years, to 1916 NE Waldo Road the first weekend in January, and it looks like its loyal customers will continue to patronize the business.

"That lady got me to ride from the southwest side of town across the bridge to come over here for a Terrell's rib sandwich," said Herman Jones as he pointed to his gray Crown Victoria where his friend, Angela Williams, sat smiling in the front passenger seat.

"Their ribs are just real good and tender," said Williams, adding that she eats from Terrell's every Thursday and Friday. "Their food is always fresh, and the hospitality is always good, too. They are just very good people."

Michael Beard, manager of the business, said it is because of loyal customers like Jones and Williams that the business has been able to succeed since it started 11 years ago.

"At first, the business started and it was up and popping because it was new and people wanted to try it," Beard said. "It has kind of leveled off since the beginning, but we have maintained a strong base of customers that are going to eat our food forever."

Beard said another key to the success of the business is that it delivers a quality product on a consistent basis "day in and day out."

Beard said business at Terrell's, like most other businesses in the Gainesville area, fluctuates with the University of Florida football season and the summer months.

"We are the busiest during the fall and football season, and business is slower during the holidays and the summer," he said.

Beard also said sales at the business should increase because of the increased traffic flow it will be exposed to by being located right off Waldo Road, especially during the football season.

The business was started when Lesia Beard told her husband, Terrell Beard (the namesake of the business), that she wanted to start her own business. Terrell Beard said he developed the concept and purchased the equipment.

"I always support her," Terrell Beard said. "Once things started moving, I put it in her hands, and she ran with it."

Michael Beard, Terrell and Lesia Beard's son, said though most of their customers are continuing to find out the business has moved, he said the majority of the ones who have visited the new location find it to be more convenient for them.

The menu at Terrell's consists of ribs, chicken, pork and beef, with side dishes of macaroni and cheese, potato salad, baked and green beans, cole slaw, collard greens and sweet potato pie for dessert.

Michael Beard said the meats are cooked slowly over a combination of oak, black jack, hickory and pecan wood during a process that begins as early as 4 a.m. some mornings. He said the business uses approximately 225 pounds of meat during its business hours Thursday through Saturday.

He also said the sauce that goes on the meat was created by his grandfather, Roosevelt Beard Sr.

Michael Beard said future plans of the business include expanding to northwest Gainesville, Jacksonville and Miami. He said the business does catering and corporate deliveries of five or more orders. Catering and delivery orders can be made at or by calling 352-256-0424.

Hours of operation are 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

For more information, call 352-256-0424.

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