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Willie Jewell’s Bar-B-Q announces Lexington opening date

Willie Jewell’s Bar-B-Q will opening in Lexington next week.
Willie Jewell’s Bar-B-Q will opening in Lexington next week.

Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q has announced that it will open its Lexington location at 105 Saluda Pointe Court on Wednesday.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based restaurant is a fast-casual spinoff of Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q, which started in Florida nearly 70 years ago. The Lexington location is locally owned by franchisee Jeff Katz and will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with full-service catering available as well.

The eatery is opening in the space formerly home to Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina. Barberitos closed in November just one year after opening.

Willie Jewell’s will donate 10 percent of all sales from Aug. 22 through Aug. 26 to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Campaign For Clarity, which seeks to bring 3-D Mammography throughout Lexington Medical Center’s network of care. The restaurant’s Lexington location will be the 13th Willie Jewell’s location, which has restaurants in Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Four more stores are under construction in the Brunswick, Ga., and Tampa, Fla., areas.

According to the company website, the restaurant is named in honor of Willie Jewell Daniels — a 16-year-old girl with no home and no means who began working for the founders of the original Bono’s restaurant, the Adeeb family.

“As she went to work in their family restaurants, she quickly proved that she could cook almost anything and commanded respect in the kitchen. They soon discovered an amazing lady who would change their lives forever,” the website states. “Not only was Willie Jewell an exceptional cook, but she had a sharp wit and an immeasurable heart.”

She has since passed away, “but her legend lives on through Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q,” the website said.

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