Talk of the Town - September 2020
- Story and photos by Lisa Monti
If you’ve ever gotten nostalgic for your favorite Brooks family barbecue and sides at their two popular restaurants, you’re about to be rewarded for your patience. And then some.
Brian Brooks is planning on opening B.B.’s Que and More within the next couple of weeks at the site of the old Sonic restaurant, where Washington Street meets U.S. 90. The location is set back a little from the road, so Brian dressed up the exterior with lots of orange (his favorite color) so it’ll catch your eye as you drive by.
The new place is the next incarnation of the Brooks family’s previous venues. The original, opened in 1998 by Brian’s parents, Judi and Tommy Brooks, was on Highway 90 in Waveland.
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“It started with mom and dad,” Brian said. “It was dad’s original barbecue and mom’s signature sides.” While that restaurant closed in 2012, a new BB’s Bar-B-Que & Snak Shak opened a few years later on Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis. It operated until October 2016.
Judi and Tommy’s son, Brian Brooks, had been working in the restaurant business in New Orleans, but he wanted to come back home and open his own place. Things were underway when he was critically injured in a car accident on his way home from work. The recovery process has been long and difficult, but as soon as he was able, Brian went back to work to get his restaurant ready to open. And once again, it’s a family effort.
“I’m excited to be fulfilling my dream, continuing the family’s hard work,” he said. “I’ll offer a menu fit to feed the whole family, with food that has become a staple in our community.”
The new restaurant will serve customers Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm, a little later on weekends.
The menu is a little different from the family’s previous restaurants, with the addition of fried and grilled seafood and a selection of fresh salads. The idea is to have something for the whole family, Brian said.
Customers can dine in or drive through. Meats and sides will be sold in bulk, perfect for large gatherings. Look for ribs, pulled pork, smoked sausage, beef and chicken and, well, more.
“We’ll also have catfish, shrimp and oysters in poboys and platters, and we may venture out and do a whole flounder and speckled trout later on,” he said.
Salads were added “to mix things up a little bit, and because I like salad,” he said. Look for mixed and other greens with hearts of palm and other tasty ingredients.
“It will be good, healthy salad with homemade salad dressing,” he said. “Not from a big bottle.”
Inside will have booths and tables, and a small bar area which will serve cold beer.
Depending on how last-minute things go, Brian hopes to open the restaurant in early October for the Cruisin’ the Coast crush. And once again, he said, the restaurant will be a family effort.
“I’m sure the whole family will be in here before it’s all over,” he said.
B.B.’s Que and More
1100 Highway 90
Bay St. Louis