One of NJ’s best BBQ joints is expanding nationwide
September 1, 2017 - bbq set
It’s about to go nationwide.
Watch out, Famous Dave’s.
Red White Que, named by nj.com as “New Jersey’s best BBQ newcomer” in May 2016 and a state’s best BBQ corner by Thrillist after that year, skeleton to have 55 locations, many in New Jersey, by a finish of 2019.
Seven are open — Kearny, Scotch Plains, Randolph, Manahawkin, Barnegat, Little Egg Harbor and Easton, Pa. A RWQ in Carteret is scheduled to open subsequent spring. Locations in Ohio and New York are being scouted.
“We’re looking all over (in New Jersey),” says co-owner Katie Misuraca. “Lawrenceville, Springfield, Raritan (Township). We would like to be in Monmouth County. I’m from Monmouth County. My mom would be happy.”
“We wish to be a go-to grill place in New Jersey,” says co-owner Dan Misuraca, Katie’s husband.
According to one estimate, 60 percent of new restaurants don’t final over 3 years. Red White Que seems good forward of a curve.
“We wish to plant a dwindle in California,” Dan Misuraca says of a Brentwood, Cal. RWQ plcae set to open this year. The son of one of his investors/co-owners lives there.
The “flag” anxiety also fits since Misuraca is a Marine veteran, one who wants Red White Que to be N.J.’s BBQ go-to and assistance veterans along a way. RWQ hosts pig roasts where veterans eat giveaway interjection to patron donations to RWQ’s “Buy a Vet a Meal” program. About 15 full-time employees are vets; John Easterday started as a dishwasher in Kearny and is now a array master during a Scotch Plains RWQ.
RWQ’s staff of 150 know what is uppermost — that grill “takes discipline,” according to Katie. “You can’t make a mistake.”
“When those briskets are entrance off, we have to be here during 6 a.m,” Dan adds.
They met over shoes. Dan was a district manager for Journeys footwear store in Manhattan; Katie worked for a tradesman during several Jersey malls, afterwards changed to a chain’s 14th travel store.
After Hurricane Sandy hit, she and other 14th Street staffers were sent to assistance during a 34th Street store, where Dan was based. They strike it off. She bought him a smoker as a housewarming present for their new home. He started cooking ‘cue during parties, and dripping adult smoker believe online.
The branch indicate came when Dan hosted a five-day reunion with his Marine buddies during his home, a gratifying party/BBQ hoedown that concerned 3 fry pigs.
“I told Katie, we chuck unequivocally good parties, we prepare for a lot of people, because can’t we open a small grill place?” Dan recalled.
The Kearny RWQ non-stop in February, 2016. The Scotch Plains RWQ, in a former Jimmy Buff’s on Route 22, non-stop in Jan of this year. Accolades followed. Guy Fieri “discovered” RWQ; a BBQ corner will seem on “Guy’s Big Project,’‘ a Food Network show, this fall.
RWQ’s duration expansion is due in vast partial to Group One Investments, whose principals, Ed Danberry and Ron DeLucia, are RWQ co-owners. Group One has partnered with OTG to yield warehousing, smoothness and construction during 5 airports, including Newark Liberty International.
“He came in one day, said, ‘I adore what you’re doing; do we wish to open a lot of these?’ ” Dan Misuraca pronounced of Danberry.
What RWQ is doing is good barbecue, in an amalgam of informal styles. Texas-style brisket. St. Louis cut dry-rubbed ribs. Carolina pulled pork. The salsas embody Sweet Que, peppers vinegar, mustard vinegar, Alabama White (mayo and vinegar), peppers espresso and Devil Dog’s Spit, a sharp BBQ sauce.
The vinegar coleslaw and nation character potato salad are formed on a recipe from Dan’s Aunt Neddy. The mac and cheese is Katie’s; Dan claims a collards.
RWQ locations also are a hodgepodge. Kearny stays a hole-in-the-wall. Little Egg Harbor and Manahawkin are takeout only. Barnegat, with a seating ability of 60 and prolonged community tables, “is a initial genuine chronicle of a food hall,” says Katie Misuraca. It’s in a former Shore Fire Grille location.
Service flags accoutre a wall of a Barnegat RWQ; a 48-star American dwindle Katie found during a Columbus Farmers Market stretches opposite another wall.
So where does RWQ see itself in 5 years?
“Nationwide chain,” Dan replies quickly.
“But we wish people to know it will still be us (as owners),” says Katie, emphasizing RWQ will not be franchised. “We’ll always be mom-and-pop.”
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