When the state told Slay Johnson he would have to convert to carry-out only due to COVID-19, the owner of 13th Street Bar-B-Q in Phenix City was concerned.
“Really, we had no idea if we were going to have to let go of people,” Johnson said. “I was expecting maybe 40-50% of cutting back.”
However, the customer response was so great and the support so enormous that Johnson was “pleasantly surprised” and everyone has kept working without a cut in hours or pay.
Johnson’s dad turned his hobby of smoking and grilling into 13th Street Bar-B-Q in the late 1980s. It was one day after cooking a whole tenderloin that he decided to slice it thick and put it on a sandwich.
And, yes, it’s available for takeout.