Barbecue just doesn't seem able to survive on Greenville Avenue, or at the very least, in the building at 1916 Greenville Ave.
The latest casualty: Stiky Ribz, a spinoff of a well-regarded Forney BBQ concept of the same name, which closed the last week of September.
Stiky replaced a BBQ place called Smokin' C's which never opened. Prior to that, the location was home to a barbecue restaurant called Louie King BBQ that opened in 2018.
Louie King was funded by a NextSeed campaign and featured a menu with creative twists on barbecue from Will Fleischman, one-time pitmaster at Lockhart Smokehouse.
But Fleischman didn't stick around for long, and Louie King was closed by May 2019.
When Stiky Ribz came to the rescue, it was with a great reputation (and some rather unfortunate though seemingly deliberate misspelling). A well-liked food truck/trailer in Forney, Stiky has a 5-star rating on Facebook for its moist and tender brisket, ribs, sausage, and creamy mac and cheese.
The Dallas location got raves for its food, as well. But Greenville Avenue rents seem to have been an issue. Stiky's closure follows other departures including old-timer Char Bar and Mudsmith, the coffeehouse which will close on October 6.
A spokesperson for Stiky Ribz says they were sad to close the location.
"It just wasn't doing as well as we had hoped," she says. "We decided to shut it down before things got too out of hand and focus on our original location in Forney."
On the bright side for Stiky fans, the Forney location is about to make the jump up from trailer to real restaurant.
"We've been operating as a food trailer since we were founded in 2018, where you can come and pick up food to go," she says. "But all we had was outside seating. In a couple of weeks, we'll have a full restaurant with seating inside and out."