Editor's note: This is part of a series the Aiken Standard will run periodically on locally-owned restaurants around Aiken County. To have your restaurant included, email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You might walk into this North Augusta restaurant craving succulent barbecue and walk out with catering arrangements for your next event.
Since 2006, Susan and Jody Glover have owned and operated BBQ Barn.
Through this business, the couple and its staff cater, sell merchandise and cook up fresh food every week.
If you aren't hankering for barbecue, a visit to the restaurant should not be off the plate.
BBQ Barn also serves up chicken, turkey, pork loin and ribs with a side of hash, baked beans, collard greens or green beans.
Your child can order his own meal of chicken nuggets or a corn dog with a drink and fries.
If, after the main course, you and your group – and all of your stomachs – still aren't ready to call it quits, a selection of cakes awaits you. These cakes are often displayed out front for the consumers' viewing pleasure.
Homemade sauces such as a spicy hot Georgia red sauce and a classic Carolina gold sauce are available for purchase.
Orders can be called in or picked up at the drive-through.
While Susan might hold down the basic business, Jody might be spotted around town with the restaurant's trailer.
The restaurant's catering options range from small parties to large weddings.
“The most we have catered for is 1,800,” Jody said.
With the assistance of the staff and friends, such as close friend Larry Bohanan, Jody and Susan have catered outside Aiken County and into mid-Georgia.
“If you need us, we are there,” Susan said.
The restaurant's built-up name has kept some customers coming back.
One regular is Richard Chambers of Southern gospel station WGUS 102.7. When the station is hosting a guest, Chambers may bring this visiting musician or group into BBQ Barn. These visitors have included the Swingin Medallions, The Talley Trio and the Mark Tramell Quartet.
Those wondering who else has stopped by with Chambers don't have to dig too deep. Signed pictures from these musical guests pepper one of the business' front area walls.
At least 12 other people work with the Glovers, including their daughter Katie Segura. Her husband Armando Segura is the restaurant's manager.
Jody has been at the grill since he was a preteen, according to the restaurant's website.
“I've always enjoyed doing the desserts, and he's always enjoyed the meats,” Susan said.
When Jody and Susan came to North Augusta from Sandersville, Ga., opening BBQ Barn was not in their immediate plans.
At the time, they were selling Rainbow product cleaners.
“This was supposed to be a part-time job,” Susan said of the restaurant.
After their first day of business, the Glovers realized owning a restaurant required a bit more time.
Eventually, their other full-time sales job fell away.
“Eight years later, God's been good to us,” Susan said. “It's been a good business.”
BBQ Barn is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from Thursdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
It is located at 10298 Atomic Road, North Augusta.
For more information, visit www.bbqbarnna.com or call 803-278-7202.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.
Staff Photo by Stephanie Turner BBQ Barn has been located in North Augusta for eight years.×
Staff Photo by Stephanie Turner BBQ Barn in North Augusta is open five days a week and offers off-site catering.×
Staff Photo by Stephanie Turner BBQ Barn of North Augusta welcomes customers with a taste for fresh BBQ, hash, cakes and more.×