Sun, May 19, 2024

BBQ restaurant dispute causes temporary closure

Barbecue can be a bit messy—but not usually for those running the restaurant. Bobby Boggs, owner and founder of the Pot Smoker, took an unusual step recently to distance himself from the former franchisee of his concept.

He temporarily closed his flagship restaurant on Highway 25 in North Augusta.

Boggs tells ABD it may be three or four months before he finds the right person to run the day-to-day operations.

Boggs took to Facebook and got about 300 engagements from his followers. He said the Aiken restaurant remains open and catering will run through that store. Customers may call 803-226-0941.

The state of the original food truck is a bit of a sticky situation. “The Pot Smoker BBQ food trailer that has been in operation for 11 years is no longer associated with our brand and is not authorized to use our proprietary recipes or represent itself as The Pot Smoker BBQ,” added Boggs on the restaurant’s FB page.

Boggs tells ABD once the new team is in place, he’ll spend a year in training with them.

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