Caterer Opens Lunch-Only Barbecue Restaurant
By Gary Kauffman
An Aiken man will be giving his catering service – and his award-winning barbecue sauce – a more permanent home base.
Dewayne Jones plans to open Buckwheat’s BBQ and Catering on Monday, Jan. 4, in the former WifeSaver location, 651 Silver Bluff Road, Aiken. It will be open for lunch, 10:30 a.m-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Buckwheat’s has already had a growing catering service for the past four years, specializing in serving large groups of up to 500 or more. But that growth also brought a need for a centralized location.
“This give us a home base,” Jones said.
He said the former WifeSaver location was perfect for his needs.
“It was an established restaurant so everything was already there,” Jones said. “We just had to clean it up and give it a new face.”
The traffic pattern is also ideal for a restaurant and, best of all for Jones, it is only a mile from his house.
“Barbecue is not like a hamburger joint,” he said. “You’ve got to do a lot of babysitting.”
Jones has been involved in barbecue competitions, and in 2014 finished fourth out of 326 contestants in South Carolina. His award-winning sweet heat pepper vinegar sauce will be the centerpiece of the new restaurant.
The restaurant will serve pulled pork, but Jones said popular items are his barbecue tacos and barbecue nachos. It will also serve typical Southern sides like hash and rice, mac and cheese and potato salad.
Buckwheat’s BBQ will seat 48 and employ seven.
Jones said he is opening the restaurant for lunch only for the time being because most of his catering jobs are in the evenings and on weekends. He plans to continue his catering service and already has 20 jobs lined up for January.