A new kind of barbecue place is expected to open in Macon next month. But it’s not a restaurant.
Lil Benny’s Smokehouse at 881 Wimbish Road will be a store, said Bernice Burks, who owns the business with her husband, Benny.
“It’s mainly catering toward working families,” she said. “A lot of times you are really busy, ... and a lot of times eating out is not an option. You want barbecue ... but don’t want to cook it yourself.”
Lil Benny’s, just off Riverside Drive, will be smoking ribs, chicken, turkey and sausage, and the food will be will vacuum sealed, she said. The fully cooked items will be frozen and refrigerated so the food will either be ready to eat right away or put in a home freezer for later. In the beginning smoked chicken salad will be the only side item available.
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“It’s a different kind of barbecue store,” she said.
The business also will have a catering side, and customers can order ahead of an event. The food will be kept warm and ready to serve.
Lil Benny’s will be open Friday-Sunday in the beginning.
“It depends on how it grows,” Burks said.
The couple are making some minor renovations to the 2,000-square-foot space and hope to open by the beginning of March.
To contact writer Linda Morris, call 744-4223.