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Jeffrey Saad of the TV series "United Tastes of America," Tuffy Stone and his father, George Stone, at the American Royal Barbecue’s Invitational (aka the 32nd Annual World Series of Barbecue) in Kansas City, Mo.
Q Barbeque is planning to open a new location at the Virginia Center Station shopping center on U.S. 1 in early February. "We're really excited," says owner Tuffy Stone. "We had hoped to have it open earlier ... but we hit a couple of setbacks."
The new branch will be at 1070 Virginia Center Parkway, in the building formerly occupied by Vinny's Italian Grill. This will be Q Barbeque's third location, with businesses currently operating in Chesterfield County and Hampton.
The 4,500-square-foot building will have about 110 seats for customers, Stone says. The menu and hours will be the same in this location as at the other two (Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.).
"We feel really good about how everything is turning out," Stone says. "When everything is finished, it's going to be a good-looking place." Gray Construction is doing all of the building and Meredith Hayes is handling the interior design.
There will be two hickory barbecue pits and a window in the dining room so that customers can see the barbecue being cooked on the pits.
"Everything is moving along very smoothly," Stone says. "All the plans have been approved, and we know that our customers will not be disappointed."
In addition to running the Q restaurants, Stone continues to collect awards with his barbecue competition team, Cool Smoke, which includes his father, George Stone. On Oct. 1, Cool Smoke was second runner-up to the grand champion at the American Royal Barbecue's Invitational (aka the 32nd Annual World Series of Barbecue) in Kansas City, Mo. The team, which also won a first place in the brisket category, was among 139 that competed in the event.
Stone also has been featured on eight episodes of the TLC show BBQ Pitmasters in 2009 and appeared on CBS' Ultimate BBQ Showdown in 2011.