“The number one priority is the food being great,” he said. “It’s not about pride or ego.”
While the initial plan was for Taylor’d to open last year, the 1950′s-era building that previously served as a convenience store and counter burger joint threw McDowell some curveballs that delayed the opening.
“There are neat parts of an old building, but they’re also a lot more work,” he said.
One surprise during buildout was unearthing an old sign from the Nifty Jifty Food Store that McDowell decided to restore and keep as part of the building’s interior.
He said his landlord, the city of Avondale Estates and the metro Atlanta barbecue community have been supportive as he’s navigated opening a business during a pandemic.
McDowell said that while the timing of the opening has been a challenge, Taylor’d Bar-B-Q is well positioned, as take-out was already going to be a big part of the restaurant’s business model. He hopes to be able to open the 30-seat interior in the near future, with plans for a patio down the road.
Taylor’d Bar-B-Q’s hours will 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
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2759 E. College Ave., Decatur. 678-974-8213, https://www.facebook.com/TaylordBBQ/
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