Lu Lu Martin 
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Re: “Sappy sweetness can't cover missteps at Charlie's Pit BBQ

maybe the food critic should do his homework on the core values and history on this restaurant. Charlie's opened in1988 to a rousing business to which getting a seat was always worth the wait. the openers of the property behind (Nelson's Appliances) refused and I mean refused to do any repairs on the existing building. The roof began leaking to the point where wet soggy tiles would fall on patrons tables. the cost $30,000 to put on a new roof. The parking lot needed to be redone at which time Charlie offered to go halves, Mr. Nelson once again refused. the cost $25,000. So they moved up on North Nevada which at the time wasn't a great location but affordable and always always busy and got a liquor license. Due to Charlie's naivety and trusting nature. tons of money and product was going out the back door.The other thing I remember him doing was always feeding homeless and down on their luck types out in the back for nothing. Also hiring men from Comcor who otherwise never have gotten back on their feet.
then 9/11 happened and it was downhill from there. then he tried to pick things up in Manitou which turned out to be a great deal except it was seasonal. Busy every second of every day from May to Labor Day. quiet all winter. Then the building and its owner wanted to sell, so it was taken over by Heart of Jerusalem, and back to Fillmore it went in the old Yakibob's because Bob ( the original owner) had health problems. It started off slowly and built a clientele. the food was fantastic and no one ever cut corners. Charlie ended up with a quintuple by-pass and had to sell the business. Amy a long time employee and dear friend and relative has done an impressive job keeping it up along with a fire caused by someone leaving the door open to the pit while cooking meat. You Matthew Schniper sound like a know it all asswipe who doesn't know good bbq if it bit you. If all you can think to come up with is wiping the edges of the plate ( ITS A BBQ RESTAURANT!) and calling french rolls hot dog buns then you have no busines as a restaurant critic. Go back to wherever you came from ( what ? CA dude?) and stop excepting free meals from Ma and Pa restaurants where you think you know it all. P.S. Charlie was born and raised in San Antonio, TEXAS.

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Posted by Lu Lu Martin on 12/20/2015 at 4:23 PM

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