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Firehouse Ribs moves to bigger space

One year after opening a Jamestown location, Firehouse Ribs has moved to a larger space. The meat specialty shop and deli opened Tuesday in the western half of the main building of Uncle Bob's Trailers at 8141 36th St. SE. The location is north o...

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The new location for Firehouse Ribs has a buffet line and more seating. John M. Steiner / The Sun

One year after opening a Jamestown location, Firehouse Ribs has moved to a larger space.

The meat specialty shop and deli opened Tuesday in the western half of the main building of Uncle Bob’s Trailers at 8141 36th St. SE. The location is north of Interstate 94 just east of exit 256.

“People were requesting more seating and now we have more space,” said Robert Heier, owner of Firehouse Ribs.

Heier started Firehouse Ribs five years ago in Medina, which remains the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved kitchen for processing smoked and specialty meats, deer processing and assorted side items. The original Jamestown location was the first restaurant business, he said, and opened at the former Meeting Grounds coffee shop in November 2015.

Tracy Frank, co-owner, runs the Jamestown location. The small deli area of the original location seated around 10 people and could not accommodate families, and the stairs to loft seating were not accessible to everyone, she said. The new location can seat up to 50 people.

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“Now we have more space on one level with a nice openness and a bigger area for retail,” Frank said. “Even though we are a little bit out of town it is a much better place.”

Frank said the new location might seem a little out of the way, but people will come for the new all-you-caneat buffet that started Thursday and runs Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

“The buffet is going to be huge,” she said. “It is a full-service buffet with three courses and beverages, soups and salads and different meats every day.”

Firehouse Ribs opened a location in Jamestown because the daily deliveries and catering in the city had the business on the road so much it made sense to open one, she said. A social network poll showed there was demand and was not wrong, she said.

“The customers really came through and supported us well in our first year,” Frank said.

She said Firehouse Ribs succeeded because it is unique and attracts customers from in town and the region.

“Once we have them we treat them right with quality food and good service so they keep coming back,” she said.

The business grew from its reputation for ribs, pulled pork and a barbecue line, she said. The food is prepared in an old-fashioned way which sets it apart from general grocery meats, she said, and new items stay only with positive customer feedback.

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“I really believe that it’s because we have oneof-a-kind ways of making our food,” Frank said. “We hard smoke everything, and the recipes are all genuine to our company.” For more information, call 952-7427 or visit  www.firehouse-ribs.com .

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