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BBQ coming to Grovetown, Italian restaurant moving in Evans

Posted: March 25, 2012 - 12:02am
Bob Ploetzke (left) and Luis Vasquez are co-owners of Bob's BBQ on Robinson Road in Grovetown. Ploetzke is using the same barbecue recipe as his brother-in-law Joe Ware, who owns Ware's BBQ in Swainsboro, Ga.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Bob Ploetzke (left) and Luis Vasquez are co-owners of Bob's BBQ on Robinson Road in Grovetown. Ploetzke is using the same barbecue recipe as his brother-in-law Joe Ware, who owns Ware's BBQ in Swainsboro, Ga.

As a new barbecue restaurant opens in Grovetown, an Italian eatery in Evans is preparing to move.

Bob Ploetzke brought Bob’s BBQ to the downtown area of Grovetown by moving into a 1,400-square-foot building at East Robinson Avenue and James Street this past week.

“We’re going to basically be set up as a ‘to-go’ restaurant,” said Ploetzke, of Clarks Hill, S.C. “Everything will go into containers, but if you want to sit down and eat, you can.”

Ploetzke decided to enter the food and beverage industry after being laid off from his job as a Knology contractor in January, he said.

Ploetzke said he worked as a store manager at Food Lion for 12 years, but this is his first time working at a restaurant.

“It’s going to be a new experience,” he said. “I thought, ‘Let’s work for ourselves for a change instead of always working for somebody else.’”

Ploetzke is modeling his business after several barbecue restaurants his brother-in-law owns in Swainsboro, Ga., called Ware’s BBQ.

“We’re using all their recipes,” he said. “Just the way they do it, we’re going to do it.”

Bob’s BBQ offers pork, chicken and ribs, with cole slaw, baked beans, green beans, chips and fries served as sides.

A loaded baked potato, popular at Ware’s BBQ, is also on the menu.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

In Evans, the owner of an Italian restaurant is moving less than a mile away to a larger space at 4534 Washington Road.

After spending five years near the Walmart in Evans, Garlic Clove Italian Eatery owner Jeff Freehof decided to add room to his busy restaurant by moving into a space in the Eagle Pointe shopping center that was formerly occupied by Mi Rancho, which had moved to a new location in Riverwood Plantation.

The restaurant, he said, has become so busy on weekends that customers often are waiting for a table. As soon as the new location became available, it seemed like a perfect fit to Freehof, who previously owned Cutie Pies Gourmet Cafe in Evans.

The new building offers a bar area and two private meeting rooms, which Freehof doesn’t have in his current location.

After renovations, Freehof expects to move in before Masters Week.

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