Big Changes at the Back Porch
In 1995, BT and Sue Collins brought The Back Porch BBQ to Historic Jacksonville from its downtown Ashland location. Since, the restaurant at 605 N. 5th Street has become a fixture in the community, serving amazing Texas-style BBQ and much more. In recent years, BT and his son, Blu have added many food options, making The Back Porch a popular restaurant for the whole family.
Blu has been working at the Back Porch since the beginning, and has been managing the kitchen and restaurant for quite some time. He said, “It only seemed natural, 18 years and ten thousand gallons of BBQ sauce later, for me and my wife, Jamie to take the reins from my parents, BT and Sue.” Blu is quick to point out that Sue will still be around and isn’t going anywhere!
The Back Porch BBQ will close on January 1st and re-open on January 4 as the Back Porch Bar & Grill, where you’ll still find the same great Texas-style BBQ and those out-of-this-world” half pound burgers. Jamie notes, “We’ll be adding some fun new menu items, as well as some exciting drink specials in the bar.”
While closed, Blu adds, “We will be cleaning, painting, and sprucing the place up, without taking away from the comfortable atmosphere the Back Porch has always had. We’re adding new flat screen TV’s to the bar to make the Back Porch not only be a great place to eat lunch or dinner with the family, but a great place to come down and watch the game with friends and throw back a cold one.”
The Collins Family invites the community to come by for lunch, dinner, drinks, or just to say hello 7 days a week 11:30 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 am to 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday before or after the renovation. They look forward to seeing regular faces and hope to see some new ones as well. Reach the Back Porch Bar & Grill at 541-899-8821.