Osceola restaurant expanding as business thrives during pandemic

Torri Donley

Big John’s Rockin BBQ has been open for about five years in downtown Kissimmee. They are one of the few businesses that seem to be thriving during the pandemic. The restaurant is doing so well, they are expanding by adding a second location on the corner of Monument and Lakeview. […]

Big John’s Rockin BBQ has been open for about five years in downtown Kissimmee. They are one of the few businesses that seem to be thriving during the pandemic. The restaurant is doing so well, they are expanding by adding a second location on the corner of Monument and Lakeview. They’re calling it Big John’s Rockin BBQ by the Lake.”It’s sorta been my dream to have live music and karaoke and things like that and I couldn’t do that over here because it’s only 38 seats,” owner John Glover said.Glover says he plans on moving his full menu to the new location and turning the old spot into more of a hybrid, breakfast and lunch café.The expansion will be able to serve upwards of 400 people. Glover says expanding during a pandemic is risky but he’s following his dreams.”This was the place I’ve always wanted. Originally it was called Fibber McGee’s and I used to come here all the time and it was such a great spot because it’s by the lake and when the owner told me he was going to give it up, we made the deal and I was able to move in here,” Glover said.Other businesses expanding or popping up in the area include Herbalife and Awakened Auras.

Big John’s Rockin BBQ has been open for about five years in downtown Kissimmee. They are one of the few businesses that seem to be thriving during the pandemic.

The restaurant is doing so well, they are expanding by adding a second location on the corner of Monument and Lakeview.

They’re calling it Big John’s Rockin BBQ by the Lake.

“It’s sorta been my dream to have live music and karaoke and things like that and I couldn’t do that over here because it’s only 38 seats,” owner John Glover said.

Glover says he plans on moving his full menu to the new location and turning the old spot into more of a hybrid, breakfast and lunch café.

The expansion will be able to serve upwards of 400 people.

Glover says expanding during a pandemic is risky but he’s following his dreams.

“This was the place I’ve always wanted. Originally it was called Fibber McGee’s and I used to come here all the time and it was such a great spot because it’s by the lake and when the owner told me he was going to give it up, we made the deal and I was able to move in here,” Glover said.

Other businesses expanding or popping up in the area include Herbalife and Awakened Auras.

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