Smoked barbecue store opens Friday in Macon

Macon’s newest barbecue business opens Friday.

Lil Benny’s Smokehouse at 881 Wimbish Road, just off Riverside Drive, will hold its soft opening from 2-7 p.m. Friday, said Benny Burks, who owns the business with his wife, Bernice.

Lil Benny’s is a barbecue store catering especially to working families. It will sell smoked ribs, sausage, chicken leg quarters, chicken salad and Boston butt, as well as baked beans and cole slaw. The fully cooked items will be frozen and refrigerated, so the food will be ready to eat right away or put in a home freezer for later.

The store’s normal hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. As the business grows, Burks said he expects to expand the days it’s open and add more items to the menu.

Although the store was expected to open in March, renovations of the 2,000-square-foot space took longer than expected, he said.