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Vernon’s BBQ closes for good in U. City

Monday, February 12th, 2018



Vernon’s BBQ & Catering at 6707 Vernon Ave., in University City, has closed for business. The barbecue joint, which opened in 2012, had its last day of service Tuesday, Feb. 6.

“Basically, our lease came to term, and we decided not to renew,” said co-owner Matt Stiffelman said. “We just didn’t like the terms.”

Vernon’s was known for its traditional barbecue offerings and more unconventional items like smoked tofu and a barbecue slinger, which was featured on Food Network’s “Eat, Sleep, BBQ” last year.

Stiffelman said he and co-owner Tim Zolman have no immediate plans to reopen the restaurant, but they are weighing their options. “We want to sit back and think it through,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Vernon’s 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Heavy Riff to team up with Vernon’s BBQ

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013



When Heavy Riff Brewing Co., opened earlier this fall, the Dogtown microbrewery appeared to be following in the direction of watering holes like iTAP and Crafty Chameleon that welcomed food from the outside instead of having a nosh menu available to hungry drinkers. But now, Heavy Riff co-owners, brothers Jerid and Justin Saffell, have teamed up with the ‘cue crew at Vernon’s BBQ to add a food menu.

Vernon’s will supply Heavy Riff primarily with hot and cold sandwiches, as well as chili and other side dishes. “I’ve been drinking Jarid’s beer since he was at Buffalo [Brewing Co.],” said Vernon’s co-owner Matt Stiffelman. And Stiffelman likes it so much that he plans to incorporate Heavy Riff’s brews into what he described as “simple pub grub.” Examples include a smoky barbecue sauce featuring Velvet Underbrown Ale, beer chili, a beer brine for smoked turkey, and even spent grains for a wild rice dish.

“Those are things we are discussing,” Justin Saffell said. “We haven’t ironed out the whole menu yet.” Saffell also said he would like to offer Vernon’s smoked tofu and have vegetarian side dishes available on a regular basis.

While the majority of food will be cooked at Vernon’s, the Saffells are putting in a small kitchen at Heavy Riff for holding and plating food. Look for Vernon’s fare to make it way to Heavy Riff in January 2014.



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