B3Q owners return home with barbecue
Joey Bowling, Intern, [email protected]
The smell hits you first. An aroma of tangy barbecue wafting through an open window to entice passersby to come in and grab some food.
B3Q was started in 2010 in Georgetown at the tail end of the 2008 recession. The 3 represents the mathematical function cube, as the restaurant was initially designed to expand and include a construction aspect, owner Kevin Samons said.
The former location was in a strip mall, Samons said. There was never a chance to own the property, and it never felt like home, he said.
He and his wife Jill moved the restaurant to 217 N. Water St. in Corydon in February because they wanted to downsize and were hopeful they had a large enough customer base to keep them afloat. The couple also said they wanted to get back to the place where they both grew up.
“It feels like coming home,” Kevin said. “We want everybody to leave happy and come back.”
On the heels of their move came the COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin said the restaurant has fared better than others because it started as a carry-out service. Even in Georgetown with more square footage, about 70% of revenue came from carry-out orders.
There were changes to the model, of course. The business had to adjust how it packaged food and then streamline the process so people didn’t become impatient while they waited for their order.
Kevin said another cost-savings measure is a minimum-waste approach B3Q embraces. If a piece of brisket doesn’t get cooked, sliced and sat in a sandwich, then — plop — it goes into chili or a pot of beans. He said he believes in getting as much as he can from each ingredient.
They also try to support the community, Kevin said.
B3Q has a reputation in the Georgetown area for its work in the community. In Corydon, the business has catered multiple events for North Harrison Elementary School at discounted prices.
“It’s not something we seek; we let them come to us,” Kevin said.
Lisa Jones, who just retired as principal at North Harrison Elementary School, said the times she’s used B3Q for catering has been phenomenal. The business works to take all responsibility for the meal, from delivering it to coming back the next day to clean up any leftover mess.
The meal itself had to come at a discounted price, Jones said. The cost is quite reasonable, and she said she’s not had a problem setting up luncheons for the staff because of that.
Jill said Corydon seemed different to her when she first moved back. It thrummed with a quiet liveliness, one that grew while she was gone. She and her husband said the growth came from different economic development initiatives the town started.
“It’s like Corydon’s coming back to life,” she said.
B3Q’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The phone number is 812-951-3900.