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Food truck business opens to-go storefront

December 14, 2016
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Daddy Pete's BBQ outside
Daddy Pete’s BBQ operates a food truck, as well as a storefront location in southeast Grand Rapids. Photo via

A local food truck business has opened a to-go brick-and-mortar location in town.

Daddy Pete’s BBQ is hosting a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at its new southeast-side home in Grand Rapids, at 2921 Eastern Ave. SE, according to a Facebook event page. The location held a soft opening on Nov. 25 and has been operating since then.

Daddy Pete’s BBQ has been serving Southern-style, slow-cooked meats from its wood-burning rotisserie smoker through its food truck and catering business since 2012. It also offers a variety of side dishes, including creamy coleslaw, cheesy macaroni and cheese and smoked baked beans and desserts.

Ingredients are locally sourced and cooked fresh daily.

The husband-and-wife team of Cory Davis and Tarra Davis are the owners of Daddy Pete’s BBQ. The couple launched their food truck after Cory Davis’ win in a local barbecue competition.

The decision to open a brick-and-mortar location came about due to requests from food truck and catering customers.

“Requests have continued to grow,” said Tarra Davis, who also noted Daddy Pete’s is planning to extend its food truck operation as well. It currently operates from March through October.

She said the new location will “help production tremendously.”

“We are excited about the addition of a brick-and-mortar to-go location and so very grateful for all of the people and organizations that have been instrumental to the growth of Daddy Pete’s,” she said. “We are looking forward to serving all of our former food truck followers and meeting even more people now that we have a physical location.”

She said for now, friends and family are helping the couple run the to-go space, but they expect to hire staff in January.

The location spans 1,200 square feet and has a contemporary rustic interior. There are a few stools and counter-height tables available for people to use as they await their orders.

The location previously housed LT’s BBQ.

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