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BBQ Pete’s is still opening in Lakewood. Here’s an update

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In January, I wrote about BBQ Pete’s expanding to Lakewood. At the time, an opening was estimated for the spring. And then the pandemic hit. That slowed progress, but BBQ Pete’s fans will be happy to hear they’ll likely be able to enjoy the return of BBQ Pete’s ribs sometime later this summer, if all goes as planned.

Owner Ryan Peterson, whose dad founded BBQ Pete’s, said it’s looking like an opening will be sometime late this summer in the Lakewood Towne Center at 6111 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Suite A (near Crunch Fitness).


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The “plan is to open with limited Covid hours, no dine-in, and a walk-up station at the front door,” said Peterson. 

“At least this mess will give us a chance to start in low gear and warm up the engines before takeoff. Gotta find some silver lining, right?” said Peterson, who has been working on the Lakewood location in Town Center since 2019. The pandemic considerably slowed his progress. 

BBQ Pete's Kent location
The Kent location of BBQ Pete’s.

For those unfamiliar, the longtime local barbecue restaurant is a brand name around here. 

The restaurant has sold its ribs and pulled pork sandwiches at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup since 1976, but before that, BBQ Pete’s was a brick-and-mortar restaurant that opened in 1972 in Tacoma.  Ryan’s father, Pete, was the founder, but he’s since retired from the restaurant business. 

BBQ Pete's pickle bar
The pickle bar at BBQ Pete’s in Kent.

Back then, BBQ Pete’s was known for its “honey drop,” a dining room trick in which employees would climb a ladder and drop honey onto cornbread from above. The restaurant was a full-service experience with a wait staff, table service and a full bar. 

That restaurant is long gone, of course. And today’s BBQ Pete’s is modernized to a fast-casual restaurant aimed at family-friendly dining. Ryan opened the current iteration of BBQ Pete’s in 2008 in a strip mall in Kent. And the Lakewood location will be quite similar. 

BBQ Pete's dining room
The dining room of BBQ Pete’s in Kent.

Diners order at the counter, load up on a choice of barbecue sauces, pickles and more at the condiment bar, and find their own table. At the Kent location, seating is spread across picnic tables and a dine-in bar that loops around the dining room.  

BBQ Pete's pulled pork sandwich
BBQ Pete’s is opening a Lakewood location in 2020.

The restaurant might look different, but it still makes its food with the same recipes. They’re installing a pit at the Lakewood location to make the family’s traditional pit-smoked barbecue that’s cooked over alderwood. 

BBQ Pete's menu
BBQ Pete’s menu in Kent.
BBQ Pete's menu
The menu of BBQ Pete’s in Kent.

Peterson said diners should expect the same food as the Kent location, which features a smoked-meats menu of St. Louis-style ribs, half or whole barbecue chicken, brisket, prime rib, pulled pork and hot links. The restaurant carries four kinds of barbecue sauce that includes two versions of a mild sauce (one is Kansas City style) a medium and a spicy. 

I’ll keep you posted as the opening date nears. 

BBQ Pete's dining room
Dining room of BBQ Pete’s in Kent.

BBQ Pete’s

Kent location: 6621 S. 211th St., Kent; 425-251-0778

Where: 6111 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Suite A, Lakewood 

UPDATE: NOW OPEN AS OF SEPT. 4, 2020. Read more here – https://dinepiercecounty.com/2020/09/04/bbq-petes-is-opening-its-new-location-finally-here-are-details/

Contact: https://www.bbqpetes.com/


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Golden chicken from BB.Q Olive Chicken.

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