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Black Betty owner works on new location

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The former Greyhound Bus station at the corner of East 11th Street and North Virginia Avenue is planned as the new site for Black Betty BBQ. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A local restauranteur plans to open a new location soon for his popular barbecue eatery.

Madux Hobbs and Eldridge Construction have just started work on the former Greyhound Bus station at the corner of East 11th Street and North Virginia Avenue to be the new site for Black Betty BBQ.

“We will be able to feed more people under air-conditioning and keep it indoors with restrooms,” said Hobbs, “and hopefully (have) a few more amenities for our customers.”

Black Betty now operates from a food truck that typically resides at the corner of North Main and Seventh streets, where people either pick up their food or eat at one of the picnic tables provided. It also provides catering services.

The new site will utilize the food truck for cooking and food prep, while the converted building will allow for inside dining. According to planning documents, outside dining also is planned.

Those documents indicate that the renovation of the 1,200-square-foot building is estimated at about $20,000.

Hobbs said that he isn’t certain what will happen to the Main Street property once Black Betty moves, explaining that he previously sold that property to investors.

He also isn’t certain how long Black Betty will stay at 11th Street and Virginia Avenue location. He said the long-term plan remains to operate the restaurant in the same set of buildings as the Hi-Q Venue at 208 N. Virginia Ave.

“That is such a big project to get the restaurant started there,” he said, “but this opportunity opened up.”

Hobbs said he started Black Betty five years ago. He also owns the Hi-Q property and the Cowboy Cafe on East Second Street near Atkinson Avenue.

The Greyhound Bus lines began operating from the city bus terminal on North Main Street last year.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.