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Work Starts on ‘Memphis BBQ’ in Crystal City

by ARLnow.com — August 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm 2,929 15 Comments

Interior and exterior construction has started on Memphis Barbeque, a new BBQ restaurant in Crystal City.

The restaurant is taking the place of the now-shuttered Mackey’s Public House on 23rd Street, between Crystal Drive and Jefferson Davis Highway. The official word is that the restaurant will open in “late summer,” but ARLnow.com projects a later fall or winter opening.

According to the Washington Business Journal’s Missy Frederick, owner and restaurant veteran Chris George is planning to spend $750,000 renovating the 5,500 square foot space into a proper barbeque joint, complete with a large outdoor patio.

“Meats will be prepared with the help of smokers and a hickory wood grill,” WBJ reported. Traditional barbeque dishes will be supplemented with new creations like barbeque egg rolls.

Photo courtesy of ‘Terry’

  • Squidward Tenticles

    Hopefully the bbq will be good

    • TGEoA

      how could it not be?

      • BB Queen

        Ever ate at Rocklands?

  • Dweller

    And they were hammering until 11:30pm last night and I believe somehow set the fire alarms off for the apartment building they are located under.

  • Kat

    I wonder how much money he wants for the Mackey’s sign…

  • Bibbs

    There used to be a Memphis BBQ in Ballston Mall till about 5 years ago. It was pretty good. You could get a BBQ pizza appetizer for $7–enough for two people. Which is maybe why they’re no longer there.

    • (another) Greg

      Some friends and I used to go there for all-you-can-eat ribs on (I think) Mondays. That might be what shut them down; it was only $14.95.

  • CW

    Until they roll a sawed-off 50-gallon drum smoker out into the middle of Crystal Drive, I won’t believe it’s any good.

  • Nunya
  • Plankton

    I have the secret formula to make a good Bar b que.

    • Blue Whale

      Really . . . why don’t you come a little closer and tell me about it . . .

  • MM

    Not suprised Mackey’s is closed, we recieved the worst service there. Once, we watched what we thought may be our food sitting in the pick up window for 15 minutes as waiters walked right by it. When it finally got to us it was cold and we had to ask for new fries. After the waiter rolled his eyes and walked away, he handed off our (still cold) fries to the next waiter to bring back to us.

  • Cyrus

    MMMMMmmmmm….Memphis BBQ…..

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  • Jonathan

    I’ve been looking everywhere for employment applications for this new place in crystal city but i find none. Maybe you can help me out?

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