Phoenix, AZ

Award Winning BBQ Restaurant Closing After 14 Years

Greyson F
A local favorite restaurant has announced it is closing.Photo byLuis SantoyoonUnsplash

When it comes to the food and beverage industry, few business owners are actually able to go out on top. While the vast majority of restaurants and bars close up shop after a few years, some do defy the odds and manage to stick around long enough for it to be passed down to another generation in the family, or sold to another interested party. Very few are actually able to step away on their own terms and call it a career, even after being a successful destination for hungry patrons. For one metro Phoenix restaurant, that is exactly what is taking place, as owners have announced their plans to close in order to move on with their lives. 

Byran’s Black Mountain Barbecue has been serving up BBQ and all the fixings to hungry visitors for the past 14 years. In the restaurant world, 14 years is an eternity. Restaurant owner Bryan Dooley himself has been working in the Phoenix-area food industry for nearly 30 years, as he worked as a chef inside a local Scottsdale resort before moving out to Cave Creek to open the BBQ restaurant.

The BBQ joint hasn’t seen its numbers slip over the years. In fact, business has been incredibly strong for the restaurant. In a Facebook post on the restaurant’s profile page, Bryan pointed out that business is actually great, and that the year has started off strong. However, he and his wife Donna decided that they were still young enough to go out and pursue other dreams and goals they had for life. They essentially want to turn the page to a new chapter and seek out other adventures. And, as Bryan put it in his post, “I am personally looking forward to getting out in the woods and doing some fishing!”

For fans of the restaurant, this will come as bittersweet news, as while the restaurant wasn’t forced out, it was such a staple it might mean locals will lose a small piece of their own eating experience. Thankfully, for all of those fans, the closure will not happen immediately. Byran and Donna decided for April 22, a Saturday, to be the final closing day, and they are going to do it up right. They are going to have loads of live music and even more BBQ. 

So for anyone that wants to make sure they get their fill of the award-winning BBQ before it’s no more, Byran’s Black Mountain Barbeque (which was awarded “Best Ribs in Arizona” by Food Network), the restaurant is located at 6130 East Cave Creek Road and is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 AM until 8 PM and on Sunday from 11 AM until 3:30 PM. It is closed Monday through Wednesday.

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