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BrooklynQ
11-08-2006, 11:05 PM
This place any good?

Barbecue takes over parking lot
By Chuck Myron
cmyron@news-press.com
Originally posted on November 08, 2006

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Andy Fredlund, owner of Porky's Hickory BBQ, calls out to his wife Carol on Wednesday from the window of the restaurant in the FOS Furniture parking lot at Pine Island Road and Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral. The Fredlunds sold their deli trailer, which they operated last month in the parking lot, and opened the barbecue place a week ago.

ABOUT THE RESTAURANT
What: Porky's Hickory BBQ
Where: In the FOS Furniture parking lot, Pine Island Road and Del Prado Boulevard, Cape Coral
Who: Owners Andy and Carol Fredlund
When: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
Information: Call 242-0160
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A unusual approach to food service in Cape Coral has undergone an adjustment.

Andy and Carol Fredlund opened Porky’s Hickory BBQ on time a week ago in a trailer that mimics a conestoga wagon, but the deli that was to have accompanied it is gone from the FOS Furniture parking lot at Pine Island Road and Del Prado Boulevard.

The Fredlunds sold 3 Uncles Grille to Cape Coral resident Ashley Froud, a customer who had visited the parking lot restaurant while it was open in October.

“It was like the old Sunbeam commercials – you know, I like the company so much, I bought it,” Andy Fredlund said.

Froud moved the trailer and will use it to operate a catering business. Fredlund wouldn’t say what the purchase price was, but said it was appealing enough to convince him to open the barbecue stand as the parking lot’s only eatery.

Porky’s, offering a menu full of ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and cole slaw and other barbecue staples, has been a hit so far.

“We sold out of food Saturday afternoon,” Andy Fredlund said. “The barbecue just draws.”

Cape Coral resident Steve Kohlmeier is a fan of the food, and sat on one of the deck chairs outside the 200-square-foot trailer Wednesday to enjoy his pulled pork sandwich.

“It’s convenient,” he said. “It takes longer to pay for it than it does to eat it.”

The owner has been surprised by the volume of customers, most of whom are coming from north Cape Coral and North Fort Myers, he said.

“The people love the convenience and the location,” he said. “They drive in, pick up, and go home.”

Fredlund said he thinks he’ll be opening Sundays from now on to serve people heading to football parties. He said he got a $50 order from one customer on his way to watch Saturday’s games, and believes barbecue is simply an indelible part of the culture.

“It’s Americana,” he said. “What could be more Americana than a conestoga wagon?”

RichardF
11-08-2006, 11:14 PM
Am I missing something in the pictures??? Where's the smoke???