“I’ve always liked the Old Town area,” says co-owner Sean Johnson. “I’ve lived here most of my life and I’ve seen the Old Town area grow and progress from what it used to be. It seemed like the right fit for what we are doing.”
What he and co-owner Tim McPharlin are doing is making authentic southern barbeque. Both men have lived in the South during their lives, and McPharlin attended culinary school in Georgia.
“He learned a lot of about barbeque and southern food,” says Johnson. “We were just enamored with the southern style, the slow smoking, pork and different types of ribs. We want to bring that southern type of cooking up to the northern area.”
Meat offers catering in addition to dining for up to 40 patrons. The restaurant currently employs about ten workers. Down the road Johnson would like to get the community involved in barbeque competitions and possibly expand into food truck service.
“Everything we do is house made,” says Johnson. “We don’t buy anything out of a bucket and nothing is frozen. We’re just trying to make a fun, comfortable place for people in the neighborhood to come have a fun meal.”