Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack will bring generous portions of BBQ ribs, burgers, poutine and chilli fries to the South Brisbane laneway.
Inspired by the notorious rib shacks of Chicago, Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack is a fixture at the Boundary Street Markets on Friday and Saturday nights — but from early next year, you’ll find their brick-and-mortar restaurant on Fish Lane.
According to co-owner David Kempnich, it’s been a long time coming.
“Roderick Saba (Big Roddy) and myself have been best mates since high school,” he says. “Rod has worked in hospitality for the last 12 years, while I went to uni and entered the business world. We had talked for years about doing something together that would take advantage of our different skill sets — Rod running the food and kitchen side, and me running the business and front of house.
“We settled on ribs after working through many other ideas, and because we both absolutely love ribs that are cooked correctly. About a year ago I was in Perth for my job, and I distinctly remember getting the call from Rod where he said he had ‘figured it out’. He was referring to his method for cooking the ribs.
“It sounded good to me so we committed and bought all the special equipment he needed and, to his credit, he really did have it figured out. Rod’s ribs are fantastic! We have great confidence in our product and we can’t wait to open our first restaurant together.”
Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack won’t exactly be the first American-style diner to open in Brisbane, but David is confident it’ll stand apart from the pack.
“Big Roddy’s unique method for cooking our ribs and our large range of homemade sauces will make us stand out,” he says, “as well as our philosophy of not taking ourselves too seriously and injecting a bit of light-heartedness into our work.
“Plus, it’s our mission to be as generous as possible. We hope people will come to us and walk away pleasantly surprised with the value for money they get with us.”
Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack will be located on the corner of Cordelia Street and Fish Lane, and is expected to open in January 2017.