Fat Boyz Bar­be­cue com­ing to old Red Cow site

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Money - By Michael Mayo

Meaty news for bar­be­cue lovers: Fat Boyz Bar­be­cue is com­ing to Fort Laud­erdale.

Owner Jarael Hol­ston says he has signed a lease to take over the site va­cated by Red Cow bar­be­cue restau­rant last sum­mer. Hol­ston says he hopes to have the lat­est Fat Boyz lo­ca­tion open by mid-March.

“It’s ba­si­cally a turnkey — most ev­ery­thing is in place since it al­ready was a bar­be­cue restau­rant,” Hol­ston says. “There’s a hood and space for a smoker in­side and a cou­ple of smok­ers out back. The kitchen is huge. We’ll be able to of­fer some new items, like burg­ers, BBQ tacos and fried chicken.”

The restau­rant, at 1025 N. Fed­eral High­way, will be Fat Boyz’s third brick-and-mor­tar, join­ing the Deer­field Beach flag­ship (which opened in Fe­bru­ary 2017) and a Co­ral Springs lo­ca­tion that opened last July. Fat Boyz also op­er­ates three food trucks.

Hol­ston, an Ely High grad­u­ate and U.S. Army vet­eran, and wife Yolanda started by do­ing fundrais­ing cook­outs ear­lier this decade at the church where he served as pas­tor.

“This is the next stage of our jour­ney and we’re so happy to be back in Fort Laud­erdale,” Hol­ston says. When they started with one truck, it parked near the Broward County Court­house on week­days for nearly two years.

“That was our launch­ing pad,” Hol­ston says. “We cul­ti­vated a lot of loyal cus­tomers at the court­house, and they fol­lowed us to Deer­field and Co­ral Springs. We’ve got roots here.”

Hol­ston says he sensed op­por­tu­nity in cen­tral Fort Laud­erdale with the rapid-fire shut­ter­ing last sum­mer of Red Cow, Blue Willy’s (on East Com­mer­cial Boule­vard) and Jack’s BBQ (on East Oak­land Park Boule­vard). “It was like a bar­be­cue wipe-out,” Hol­ston says. “I think each had cir­cum­stances unique to it, and peo­ple still want to eat good bar­be­cue.”

Red Cow, which lasted five years, had chal­lenges be­cause

of the store’s tricky lo­ca­tion, on the big bend of Norh Fed­eral High­way/US 1 and East Sun­rise Boule­vard across from the Gate­way The­atre. Ac­cess is re­stricted, with those com­ing from the west/south need­ing to make a U-turn far­ther up the road.

“Our cus­tomers will make the ef­fort to get there — it’ll be a des­ti­na­tion spot,” Hol­ston says. He also likes the lo­ca­tion be­cause it is close to the beach, where he caters many fam­ily re­unions and hol­i­day par­ties (July 4th, La­bor Day). “We have a base here that’s big­ger than tourists.”

But Hol­ston says he signed only a three-year lease be­cause he’d like to find a stand­alone build­ing in Fort Laud­erdale for a longer-term home. “We’ve been truly blessed,” Hol­ston says.

Fat Boyz (no re­la­tion and not to be con­fused with Phat Boy Sushi) spe­cial­izes in South­ern-style bar­be­cue, with ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken, burnt ends, mac-and-cheese and collard greens. Its mon­ster sand­wiches fea­tur­ing meat piled with mac-and-cheese have been pop­u­lar. I must have caught the Deer­field Beach lo­ca­tion dur­ing an off week; the eatery has le­gions of fans be­cause of friendly ser­vice and good value. The Deer­field Beach site had a van­dal­ism in­ci­dent last year that trig­gered an out­pour­ing of sup­port from cus­tomers.

Hol­ston says the Co­ral Springs lo­ca­tion, at 6192 W. Sam­ple Road, has been do­ing well, a fa­vored spot for fam­i­lies be­cause of its “Kids Eat Free,” pro­mo­tion from 3 to 9 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day. Chil­dren 10 and younger get a pulled pork sand­wich or hot dog with a side dish (no drink) with an­other fam­ily mem­ber’s meal pur­chase.

MICHAEL MAYO/SUN SENTINEL

Fat Boyz Bar­be­cue is com­ing soon to Fort Laud­erdale af­ter open­ing eater­ies in Deer­field Beach and Co­ral Springs.

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