by CYNTHIA KMETT
You only have to glance at the pictures adorning the walls of the new eatery at the southwest corner of Big Beaver and Rochester to know that the new Mission BBQ supports those who serve our city and keep us safe around the world. There are dozens of action shots of these brave individuals. This company believes strongly in serving their community and in giving back.
Mission BBQ’s menu was inspired by the most mouth-watering smoked meats in the country, while its founders are inspired by the nation’s everyday heroes. The menu is more than just ribs. There’s turkey and chicken, pulled pork and brisket to tempt you. Don’t know which you’ll like best? They have a tasty plate with two or three generous servings of your choice, and delicious side dishes and cornbread to compliment them. And, yes, they cater.
It was crowded last Wednesday evening as community members came to sample the cuisine and support the Troy Firefighters Memorial planned for Firefighters Park. Over the years, the city has planted trees for the Women’s Firefighters Auxiliary to remember those who always showed up in our time of need. They’d like the memorial to acknowledge everyone who has been part of this mostly-volunteer organization.
The Maryland-based chain will open its first Michigan location in the City of Troy on July 2 with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor and City Council and special guests from the Troy Police and Fire Departments as well as local military personnel. It’s the 67th restaurant in the chain.
Prior to their July 2 grand opening, they are holding special Friends and Family Nights to honor those that Protect, Serve, and Save. On June 27, they raised $4,000 (a last minute check was turned in after the check presentation) for the Troy Firefighters Memorial Fund. June 28, all proceeds raised benefit the Troy Police & Fire Benevolent Association, and on June 29, all proceeds benefit the USO to honor those who have served our country.
“Mission BBQ first opened their doors on September 11, 2011 – 10 years after the world changed,” said owners Bill Kraus and Steve Newton. They decided that in some small way they were going to try and change the world and to humbly thank these American heroes. Each day at 12-noon they play the National Anthem at all Mission BBQs across the country.
Mission BBQ is located at 890 E. Big Beaver in Troy. Learn more at mission-bbq.com or call 248-340-3860.