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A New Barbecue Restaurant Opens Across from Kimball House in Decatur

BBQ Cafe takes over the former Doggy Dogg hot dog shack on East Howard Avenue

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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

A new barbecue restaurant is now open on East Howard Avenue in Decatur. BBQ Cafe takes over the former Doggy Dogg hot dog shack next door to Ammazza and across from Kimball House, Decaturish first reported Thursday. Doggy Dogg closed earlier this year after nearly five years in the space.

BBQ Cafe, owned by longtime friends Lewis Johnson, John Peeples, and Lloyd Solomon, serves what is described on the website as “traditional,” slow-smoked barbecue rooted in recipes from Mississippi. Before opening their own restaurant, Johnson, Peeples, and Solomon spent years cooking barbecue for other restaurants as well as for family and friends.

Meats on the menu include pulled pork, ribs, and brisket, and smoked chicken and pull barbecue turkey on the weekends, with sides like potato salad and baked beans, and banana or bread pudding for dessert. Barbecue plates at the cafe feature one meat, two sides, dessert, and a drink for $15.

Check out the menu for BBQ Cafe here. Online ordering is available for takeout. Eater reached out for more details on dine-in service and COVID-19 safety measures.

Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

310 East Howard Avenue, Decatur.


591 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 835-2298 Visit Website

Kimball House

303 East Howard Avenue, , GA 30030 (404) 378-3502 Visit Website

Doggy Dogg

East Howard Avenue, , GA 30030 Visit Website