After 23 years of serving barbecue and ribs on Greenville Avenue, Baker's Ribs will shut down that location and move to Northwest Highway this fall. According to owner Suzanne Duncan, they'll be taking over the old Cha-Cha's space at Northwest Highway and Abrams Road.
"We are moving from Greenville after 23 years," Duncan says. "I don't know exactly when that's going to open, maybe by the end of the year."
The restaurant is moving for the obvious reason: "We always leased that property, and they're going up on the rent," she says.
The first Baker's Ribs opened on Buckner Boulevard before moving over to Deep Ellum, where it's been for 26 years. Around Dallas, there are locations in Garland, Mesquite and Rowlett. "We're family-owned, my husband and I are the only owners, and most of our employees have been with us for more than 20 years," she says.
She admits to being sad about leaving Greenville Avenue after such a long time, but she feels optimistic about the new space.
"That building on Greenville is really old and needs a lot of renovation," she says. "They're probably making some plans for that center. The benefit of the new space is that we'll have a much bigger parking lot and room for private parties. We'll also be able to fit in a drive-through window."
They'll also add one of their very cool fried pie shops, like the one they have in Deep Ellum. "I think it can be really good for us," she says.