A downtown Sarasota barbecue restaurant that developed a dedicated following over nearly a decade will close at the end of the month.
Nancy’s Bar-B-Q’s last day of business at its 301 S. Pineapple Ave. location, which opened in 2011, will be Oct. 31, said owner Nancy Krohngold. Its Lakewood Ranch location will remain open.
The downtown Sarasota site belongs to a two-block property that was sold in 2018, with its new owners envisioning a mixed-use project. Krohngold said the restaurant’s lease expires at the end of November, which will give them a month to vacate.
“The place, it’s like my firstborn child,” Krohngold said about saying goodbye to her original brick-and-mortar location. “But business is business, and the show’s got to go on, and it will go on. We’re still going to make people happy with barbecue.”
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All Nancy’s Bar-B-Q operations including its catering business will be based out of the Lakewood Ranch location, with the Sarasota staff offered jobs, Krohngold said. There is the possibility of opening another downtown Sarasota area location in the future, Krohngold said, but no such plans are impending.
The downtown Sarasota location was the first storefront for Nancy’s Bar-B-Q, beloved for its pulled pork, brisket and ribs, as well as side dishes like mac-and-cheese, collard greens and smoked baked beans. Its quick, casual atmosphere made it particularly popular with downtown’s lunch crowd.
“We had some people who came in two, three, four times a week,” Krohngold said. “One day, they’d get a sandwich, one day, they’d get a salad. One day, they’d get the salmon, or a special, or the chili.”
Nancy’s Bar-B-Q opened a second location on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street in 2016 before expanding last year to a larger space at Lorraine Corners, at the intersection of State Road 70 and Lorraine Road. The Lakewood Ranch location features a full bar, happy hour and live music, with its dinner table service popular, Krohngold said.
Nancy’s Bar-B-Q at 14475 E. State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch opens at 11 a.m. daily. For more information, call 941-999-2390 or visit nancysbarbq.com.