Editor’s note: Huntsville Barbecue Company’s restaurants are no longer for sale.
The Huntsville Barbecue Company’s two restaurants are up for sale.
The Texas-style barbecue business first opened in Huntsville Square in 2009. Owner Greg Farley opened a second location in downtown Ogden last year. A third location opened in Clinton last spring but has since closed. The restaurant and catering company snatched up six “Best of State” awards for its barbecue, but Farley said it’s time for him to move on to other things.
“There are a number of reasons we’ve decided to sell, but I think the timing is right,” he said. “We’re just trying to find the right person who can take it to the next level.”
The for-sale status was officially posted on the company’s Facebook page Thursday, which received many sad comments from the restaurant’s fans.
The business has a $215,000 price tag, which includes all three restaurant locations and their fixings — decor, equipment, smokers, recipes and the brand. The restaurants’ real estate, however, is leased.
The sale doesn’t come with any requirements to keep Huntsville Barbecue Company the same restaurant but Farley said he hopes it at least stays similar. He grew up in Austin, Texas, where he said barbecue is a way of life.
“I’ve always had a passion for barbecue and especially Texas barbecue,” he said. “My wife and family moved down to Texas for a while, where they were able to get a taste of that. When we moved back in 2007, we began looking for a place to open and found a place in Huntsville.”
Their first location at 235 South 7400 East in Huntsville became a popular gathering place not just for its food, but for its events and live music in the summer. Farley opened his Ogden location at 2251 Grant Ave., in part, to help expand the catering operation.
“With every business, but more so with the food industry, managing the people, the product and the pennies as efficiently as possible is key,” Farley said. “There’s a lot I’ve done to build this business, but I haven’t had the time, and maybe the experience, to manage those three elements correctly.”
Pulling 16 to 18 hour work days over the past several years, Farley said he still managed to build a successful brand.
“I think I’ve put a fair price on it,” he said. “Someone in a different position than I can come in … and have a great business that can serve the community, serve the employees and serve themselves.”