Durham’s Best Bar­beque abruptly shuts down

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JANE BELLMYER Spe­cial from the Ce­cil Whig

The pop­u­lar Durham’s Best Bar­beque, lo­cated just over the state line in Elk­ton, Md., has closed per­ma­nently due to the ill­ness of its owner, Ron Durham.

A recorded mes­sage on the restau­rant’s phone ex­plains that Durham suf­fered a stroke in June.

“He’s do­ing bet­ter but not good enough to come back to work,” said the mes­sage given by an uniden­ti­fied fe­male voice.

A sign at­tached to the door in­di­cates that ini­tially the restau­rant closed for a time to al­low for re­cu­per­a­tion. How­ever, that date is now crossed out and the word “per­ma­nently” was added.

For years, the bar­be­cue restau­rant was lo­cated in a small log cabin on Elk­ton Road, but in 2014, it moved around the cor­ner to a strip mall on Fletch­wood Road.

Fans of the sa­vory bar­be­cue pit beef are not to­tally out of luck, though. Durham’s smoker will be lo­cated at Vlamis Liquors, 801 N. Bridge St. in Elk­ton from 2 to 7 p.m. ev­ery Fri­day and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Satur­days.

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