Rely Porkula BBQ declares extra location, partnership with JTJ Eating places

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In a press launch despatched out right this moment, Rely Porkula BBQ, a meals truck turned brick and mortar restaurant housed inside The Rail Yard at 1212 E. Sixth St., introduced a partnership with Jim Keet’s JTJ Eating places to open its first stand-alone location in early 2022. Rely Porkula was established in 2008 by Kelly Lovell and Walt Todd. After years of catering and working out of a meals truck, they moved into the Rail Yard meals truck beer backyard in 2018. The Keet household’s JTJ Restaurant group personal and function eight Tazikis areas, Petit & Keet, Cypress Social and can open a Waldo’s Hen & Beer location in North Little Rock later this yr. The partnership will deliver Michael Bodnar of Contemporary Hospitality and Mark Waldo of Waldo’s Hen & Beer to the group.

“We’re overly excited concerning the new partnership with JTJ and Contemporary Hospitality,” mentioned Kelly Lovell, co-owner of Rely Porkula. “When Tommy Keet referred to as us in 2020 and acknowledged he was bringing a gentleman from Contemporary Hospitality to come back strive our meals, we by no means imagined it will flip right into a glowing partnership and alternative to develop our Rely Porkula Model.”

Design plans are underway for the brand new location, which shall be simply off the north aspect of Cantrell Street at 201 Keightly Drive, the place Ozark Nation Restaurant was situated till a large hearth destroyed the constructing in 2018. The brand new 2,900-square-foot restaurant will characteristic indoor and out of doors seating, a full bar, curbside, to-go and on-line ordering.

“We’re honored and excited to be partnering with Kelly and Walt to assist develop their enterprise and full their dream to have a stand-alone BBQ joint,” mentioned Tommy Keet, president of JTJ Eating places. “Kelly and Walt have all of the attributes we search for in partnerships — an unwavering dedication to high quality and customer support, dedication, character, a powerful work ethic and wonderful meals!”

“Your complete Group at JTJ has been nice to work with and their expertise within the meals business has opened our eyes to new processes and procedures in our present spot at The Rail Yard and our new Keightly location. The brand new central location goes to permit us to deliver West Little Rock, Heights and Hillcrest, and varied different areas collectively for a BBQ expertise like no different,” mentioned Walt Todd, co-owner of Rely Porkula.

Rely Porkula’s location in East Village on the Rail Yard will keep in operation.

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