Thatcher’s Barbecue & Grill has had Summerville in its sights for at least 18 months if not longer. For a community still dealing with the loss of hometown favorite Armstrong’s, just any ‘cue and stew wouldn’t do. At the same time, the small regional chain founded by John and Melanie Thatcher was all about smart growth. One of their axioms: do it without added debut. So their arrival on Commerce Street — not far from Armstrong’s — in a former drug store had to simmer a bit.
Today, the only things simmering are what’s in the kitchen. Thatcher’s BBQ and Grill opened in Summerville on Thursday with the traditional ribbon cutting followed by a full day of service.
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays. The staff has been training at the nearby Calhoun location in recent months to prep for opening week and beyond. In addition to Summerville and Calhoun, Thatcher’s also is in Trenton, Ringgold, Chickamauga and also new, Ooltewah, Tenn., just outside Chattanooga.
There was a restaurant in the Rosedale area of Floyd County near Gordon County but the family later moved that location to Calhoun.
- The menu
Sidebar: Thatcher’s had been one of two new restaurants proposed for our area that had fans waiting and waiting (and calling and writing and texting and …). The other was Bucket o’ Shrimp on Dean Avenue in Rome. It, too, opened this week — first with Tuesday’s ribbon cutting and soft opening and then Wednesday’s first full day of service.