‘Memphis Barbeque’ Restaurant Coming to Crystal City

by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm 6,831 34 Comments

We don’t know much about it at this point, but a restaurant called “Memphis Barbeque” is apparently replacing Mackey’s Pub in Crystal City, according to an ABC permit application posted in the window.

Mackey’s unexpectedly closed its 23rd Street S. location Easter weekend.

According to the permit, Memphis Barbeque will seat more than 150 people and will offer off-site catering.

Photo courtesy @bengle4

  • Cherry Dale

    There was used to be one at Ballston mall where Panera is now.
    The menu was aight. ‘Cue in CC would be welcome.

    • At this point we’re not sure if it’s the same restaurant as the one in the mall.

      • There was one in Reston near Home Depot/Merchant’s Auto, not sure if it is still there. They had a few other locations too.

  • dynaroo

    Would be nice if they learned to spell “barbecue.”

    • MC 703

      Barbeque comes from the French, “de barbe a queue”, from chin to tail, meaning roasting a whole animal on a spit.

      • PhilL

        Rocklands uses the same spelling. It’s quite common.

        • dynaroo

          We’re not French. If you want to spell it the French way, well, spell it “barbe a queue” then.

          • PhilL

            That’s not the accepted alternate spelling.

          • dynaroo

            I don’t accept the accepted alternate spelling.

            Seriously, I understand that spelling and language are made by common use, so I’m not going to push the point.

          • Josh S

            We’re not French? OK.
            As if our language is not filled with words that derive from other languages.
            I don’t think the fact that we’re not French has anything to do with how one can spell BBQ here. There’s probably at least a dozen ways it shows up in restaurant names around the country.

          • dynaroo

            Non, nous ne sommes pas français. Nous avons standard d’orthographe et de grammaire en anglais pour une raison.

          • dynaroo

            I barbecue kimi. Hesab edirəm ki, yemək, sonra istəyirəm Lakin bu sehr istəyirlər.

          • dynaroo

            Pada titik tertentu, anda mesti mempunyai standard dalam Bahasa, atau anda tidak akan dapat saling memahami.

      • TGEoA

        At low temperature.

      • PikeLatin

        The word “Barbecue” coming from “Barbacoa” of the Taino indians of the Caribean.

        • dynaroo

          Barbe de queue and barbacoa can fight for it.

  • Chris

    It’s probably unrelated to the one in Ballston as I’m fairly sure the overal company went out of business. There used to be one in Fairfax and Richmond too and they closed. Probably a brand new company. Ribs at this place and a massage at Massage Envy on Friday night sounds mighty fine to me.

  • South Arlington

    Whatever happened to that cajun/crawfish place that was going into the El Pollito space on 23rd St? I miss El Pollito’s sandwich.


    • It doesn’t seem like there’s much progress being made there. No word yet on what the future holds for that space.

  • CW

    I’m not getting my hopes up, but I’d love to be pleasantly surprised.

    • Chris

      By what, Zombies? I don’t think that would be pleasent. Not at all. All those grabby hands and bitey teeth. And the flesh cravings, oh the flesh cravings. Wait, that sounds exactly like me and my buds at a BBQ house. Now I see where you were going with that.

      • CW

        No, by food that’s better than what a lot of these places around here have the gall to try and call barbeque. Or barbecue, for that matter.

        • dynaroo

          Or barbe a queue.

        • Chris

          Then what was that whole Zombie thing about?

  • 1234

    Be nice to have an alternative to King St. Blues who’s pulled pork is far too similar to the sloppy joes they fed us in the elementary school cafeteria.

    • Idi Amin Dada

      …and the lame ‘Red, Hot & Blue’.

      • dynaroo

        RH&B is good. King Street Blues never claimed to be a barbecue place.

      • Aaron

        There’s nothing wrong with the barbecue at Red Hot and Blue, except that it’s from metro DC, an area utterly devoid of indigenous culture and therefore automatically worthy of derision.

  • JimPB

    Seems like a boost for the business of cardiologists (Southern foods of renown and cardiovascular diseases being related).

  • Ben

    I’m from Memphis so I will need to judge this place when it opens.

    Sadly it will probably not come close to what “Memphis Barbeque” really is.

  • Arlforester

    I told you it was going to be BBQ. 🙂

  • TGEoA

    Need a Carolina BBQ joint.

    • CW

      +100 bring on the vinegar sauce…unless you’re talking western carolina tomato sauce…or south carolina mustard…I like all three!

  • John Andre

    The one replaced by Panera in Ballston was “Memphis Bar-B -Q” if I’m right…different restaurant??? Restaurants there change frequently…there was a Macaroni’s where the Union Jack’s now stands, and some time back the Ruby Tuesday’s closed. Ballston needs another buffet like the Market to Market/Ballston Market which shuts down or closes before 3:30…I’m getting awfully tired of their fast food choices.


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