BBQ Food Cart has Customers Lining up on the Downtown Mall
As the weather gets warmer, the list of food options on Charlottesville’s downtown mall grows – and this spring, a one-man barbecue business taking the food scene by storm.
It's called Smoked Bbq Co. The owner and cook, Justin van der Linde, sets up his cart on the downtown mall four days a week, and customers keep coming back.
For van der Linde, getting to know his customers never gets old.
"I like talking to people, interacting with all different types of people so it's really a joy,” said van der Linde.
He sees a lot of people in his second year setting up his one-man barbecue business on the downtown mall.
"Barbeque's always been a passion and street food's really cool because you can go right to your customer,” said van der Linde.
Customers line up for the pork, the chicken, the sauces and the mac & cheese. Van der Linde makes it all himself, every day, from scratch.
Van der Linde sets up shop on the mall four days a week. On the other days he's catering - everything from weddings to tailgates. During the colder months, van der Linde packs up and heads to Colorado.
“I have a little skiing problem, so I like to ski through the winter months if I can,” he said.
But with his lunch crowd booming this spring, he says it all comes back to the food.
“If you offer a good product at a good price hopefully the rest will take care of itself,” he said.
Van der Linde says business is so good he's already getting requests for catering over Christmas, so he may have to cut his ski trip short this winter.
You can find Smoked Bbq Co. on the downtown mall Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Full Story
Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Sean returns to Charlottesville after four years at American University in Washington, D.C., but central Virginia is his home. He grew up in Albemarle County, graduating from Albemarle High School in 2010. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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