When Norris BBQ opened Friday, owner Tassie Coleman had a full-plate. During lunch that first day, Ms. Coleman said "the line was out the door."
"Business has been kind of crazy, we've been so busy we can't see straight," Ms. Coleman said.
Howell Roberts picks up a sandwich from Tassie Coleman at Norris BBQ.
Ms. Coleman didn't receive the okay from the fire marshal inspector to open until Thursday. She said she had to "rush around," because they were determined to open on Friday.
Ms. Coleman has been working for Kenneth Norris BBQ in Warrenton for several years. She said Mr. Norris had many customers who drive from Thomson and Augusta to Warrenton, and "they've been on us for years to move closer."
"I've had the Norris barbeque before," said Howell Roberts. "Now I have the big advantage because they are right here beside me, and I don't have to drive to get lunch."
Mr. Norris cooks the meat at his restaurant in Warrenton, and delivers it to the Thomson restaurant, which is located in the Carriage Lane shopping center. The Thomson restaurant has three employees, in addition to Ms. Coleman.
Betty Eno, stylist at Lisa's Hair Salon, was one of the lunch customers Friday.
"Everything was delicious. The apple tarts were so good, I went back down there and bought six more of them," Ms. Eno said.
Norris BBQ is a dine-in or carry-out restaurant located at 654 Main Street, Thomson. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu includes BBQ for $7 per pound, BBQ or chicken plates for $6.50, Brunswick stew, rice, potato salad, coleslaw, BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, sausage dogs and hamburgers. For more information, call 597-9172.