VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Donnie’s Barbeque opened within the Crimson Mill space of Virginia Seaside in March of 2020, simply as COVID-19 crippled the nation.
Donnie Vaillancourt and his spouse moved to Hampton Roads from New York to get pleasure from hotter climate and be close to household. He began out with two meals vehicles however determined to open a sit-down restaurant as nicely.
“It’s been very sluggish this previous 12 months due to COVID. A number of weddings and a variety of occasions have been canceled,” mentioned Vaillancourt.
Donnie’s Barbeque presently provides sit-down service at a 50% capability on account of COVID-19. Additionally they do carry-out and supply companies. Catering can also be supplied; nevertheless, right now, they’re not touring to occasions, simply offering the meals for carry-out.
“We’re hoping after we transfer previous the COVID portion of what our nation goes via proper now, we are able to again into the place we was – the place everyone is comfy with having occasions outdoors or inside,” Vaillancourt mentioned. “We’re a small retailer, however we’ve got large, large talents to ship a lot of meals out in a short time and really professionally for our buyer base.”
The menu at Donnie’s options meats with types impressed from across the nation.
“We do the East Carolina or Carolina vinegar-style pork. We do the Kansas Metropolis sweet-style pork. We do the Memphis ribs. We do the Texas dry rub sausage and brisket.”
Barbeque fan Frank Russo mentioned he’s a repeat buyer.
“The meals is unbelievable. I like BBQ, and since that is the one recreation on the town, particularly round this space, as soon as I attempted it, and the meals was nice and I needed to come again,” Russo defined.