Your mention of Interstate reminds me of Memphis which reminds me of Corky’s which reminds me of Red, Hot & Blue, the franchise chain which based itself on Corky’s when it first opened in Arlington, VA back in the early ’80’s.
I’m kind of surprised that their Pittsburgh location failed – as did, evidently, Famous Dave’s. Even though the BBQ purists eschew them, both chains serve up what are, to me, very satisfying meats and sides and are an excellent “intro” to BBQ.
There are five RH&B’s here in the brisket-centric Metroplex and all have been thriving for more than a decade which kinda’ leads me to believe that the Burgh is not a BBQ town.
BTW: I tried chip/chop ham down here once. Ick! It was so salty I threw it out.
Red Hot & Blue opened in Columbus about 15 or so years ago, and it lasted about a year. It’s not that Columbus doesn’t love barbeque. Columbus just disliked Red Hot & Blue’s barbeque.
True. And they are franchises which can vary wildly as to quality. The RH&B that we occasionaly patronize in Plano is pretty good, the one in North Dallas not so much.
The Quaker Steak and Lubes here in Dallas are far more like a TGI Friday’s than the Sharon, PA “original”. But, they seem to be thriving.
As are the many Five Guys.[;)]