North Denver's Brickyard BBQ shutters, while the Littleton location soldiers on

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Lori Midson
Just got off the horn with Mark Anthony, the owner of Brickyard BBQ, who shuttered his northwest Denver bastion of Kansas City-style Q on January 1, sending residents in the Berkeley 'hood scurrying to his Littleton outpost at 311 County Line Road to satiate their obsession for burnt ends -- something that Brickyard does better than just about anyone else. The original Brickyard, 4243 West 38th Avenue, is slated to become Bubba Chino's -- the ninth in Denver.

"We were suffering, our sales were declining, and we just couldn't continue to hold on, and hold on and hold on," says Anthony. "People have to support small businesses," he insists, adding that the "big chains are making the mom-and-pops struggle that much more." And the Berkeley neighborhood, laments Anthony, is more apt to support a Mexican restaurant over a barbecue joint. "People in that neighborhood eat Mexican food twice, sometimes three times a week...barbecue, not so much," he says.

As for the Littleton pod, Anthony reports that it's doing well, but like any restaurant in this economy, it could be doing better. "We're doing okay, and we're trying to focus our energies on making this location as good as we can, and while I'm really disappointed about closing the other restaurant, you just do what you have to do."

The Littleton location is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closed on Sunday. Call 303-797-9255 for more info.


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Jtsgrl
Jtsgrl

What a shame as it was the BEST in the 'hood.' There are many types of BBQ too. It was a lunch place and the parking was terrible but, it was definitely a small, cozy place. We felt more comfortable there than at yuppie Big Hoss and the prices were better too. Unfortunately, many of us are struggling with affording the basics these days and going out to eat is not one of them. Sure hope the Littleton location stays in business and thrives! Buy from the mom and pop joints people! Carl's has survived since the 50's and has excellent pizza, Pietra's on 44th has also survived since the 50's and has wonderful pizza and other Italian dishes. NO, not fancy inside or pricey but good quality.

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Granted, though, another Bubba Chinos is probably the LAST thing this neighborhood needs. I long ago gave up on the idea of getting decent bagels or NY-style pizza in this town, but I'd have liked a decent family-style Italian restaurant to replace Mikey's. Then again, Mikey's closed, so maybe the draw wasn't there. :-( (Parisi's is fine, but full-waiter service makes a difference in ambience).

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Wow, Claudia, my experiences at Big Hoss and Brickyard have been totally opposite from yours. I went to Brickyard when I first moved here 6 years ago (was headed to Mikey's down the block, but they were closed that night). Not only was the food mediocre at best (some ribs were cold, more fat than meat), the service was downright rude.On the other hand, Big Hoss has been very good. The salad bar is gross... but the meat is some of the best around town. And Hoss himself is a very pleasant guy! He's almost always around, very approachable and always willing to sit down for a quick chat. Plus, he's never said "No" (to me at least) to turning on one of the TVs to a game you might be especially interested in. And that included, one more than one occasion, giving up the prime-time big screen in the front to watch an early round NCAA BBall game between 2 low-ranked teams.There's a reason his sauce has won so many awards --- it's just that good.

ein
ein

Maybe if they trimmed the the fat a little off the brisket, people would go more than once.

WORD
WORD

Should have advertised!

Claudia
Claudia

Two BBQ restaurants was probably to much for the Berkley neighborhood. It's just to bad it had to be Brickyard that went and not Big Hoss. Big Hoss might of had the better space but their food is gross and Big Hoss is kind of an ass. But did the neighborhood really need another Mexican place? I guess if they are open late that would be a plus since it is hard to find much after 10. I would have rather seen a really good Asian restaurant or maybe a bagel place instead. I think at this point the whole Berkley/ Highlands restaurant market has been so saturated you have to either offer an excellent product or value to survive. When I first came to the neighborhood 5 years ago there were only a couple of mediocre pizza options and now there is about 8 and a few of them are excellent.

Claudia
Claudia

We really liked Big Hoss the first couple of years it was open. Then the quality started to go down hill. The last time we ate there my boyfriend ordered the brisket and it was so fatty he could barely eat it and another time the ribs were all dried out. Big Hoss is a fun guy but he can also be very arrogant. It seemed like they were riding all their awards, press and positive reviews and stopped caring about the food and paying attention to detail.

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