Back in April 2010, I wrote about a brand new barbecue place that had opened up in my hometown. It was called Backyard BBQ. Their pulled pork was outstanding, and they also made the best barbecue baked beans anywhere, hands down.
Unfortunately, I headed that way last week - just before Christmas - to find the store dark with a sign in the window reading:
"To all our loyal customers! We are closing due to economic hardship. Thank you so much for supporting our business, and hopefully we can open up again when the market gets better."
Backyard BBQ had attracted some decent attention in the press. Reviews in both the Hartford Courant and the Hartford Advocate were generally positive, and by the end of summer they seemed to be fairly busy. I guess looks aren't everything, though. I'm sorry to see them go.