The crew at Mark BBQ slung its closing heaping plates of Texas-style barbecue on the Essex Junction restaurant on Friday, virtually 4 years to the day after it opened. Chef and co-owner Darrell Langworthy mentioned Mark BBQ will reopen in Colchester in December, subsequent door to the Responsible Plate Diner, which he and his spouse, Sarah, run at 164 Porters Level Highway. Till then, Langworthy mentioned followers can fulfill their ‘cue cravings at the diner, which will temporarily add a full range of barbecue to its menu.
The Langworthys’ second Essex Junction restaurant, Coronary heart n Soul by Mark BBQ, has closed completely. It’ll change into the group’s catering arm, providing the whole lot from Italian to Brazilian meals from a brand new prep kitchen in Colchester.
Mark BBQ’s transfer was pushed partly by the provision of a big suite beside the Responsible Plate Diner, Langworthy mentioned. The couple took over the diner’s lease this summer time from the Alvanos household, who opened it in 2013. Mark BBQ will achieve about 500 sq. ft of house in its new spot, for a complete of 45 to 50 seats.
Langworthy mentioned the brand new proximity of the 2 eating places may also assist with staffing shortages. “It’s not looking like it’s going to get any better soon,” he mentioned of the present labor challenges within the restaurant sector.
“With all our staff in one area, we can borrow people from the barbecue [spot] when the diner is slammed and the other way around,” he mentioned. “We can get it all done without straining our staff.”
Essex Junction followers of Langworthy’s fare ought to take be aware that the barbecue shall be again on the town for the summer time season, beginning in Could 2023. Langworthy has already rented the car parking zone at 19 Park Road for his Skreet Doggs sizzling canine truck and Mark BBQ trailer.