Big Stevie’s makes big move
Big Stevie’s Bar-B-Que has changed locations.
After opening in July 2006 in the old Camp 31 restaurant located on U.S. 31 North, Big Stevie’s is now located at Dogwood Hills.
Owners Steve and Debbie Guinn, who got in the Bar-B-Que business from Steve’s son, said one reason for the move was to move to where the people are instead of having the people come to us.
“This is just an interesting business,” Steve said. “The building we bought out there (North location) was not the best location for a restaurant. There are some things we have always wanted to do food-wise and Bar-B-Que-wise and we did not have the opportunity there to do it. This opportunity came available and we took it. The downside is being this close to golf. I know I will probably start playing golf again.”
Steve, a five generation Floridian, says his wife Debbie, who was raised in the Ft. Walton and Destin area and came to Brewton from Iowa, mainly runs the restaurant.
“Business has been going good,” Debbie said.
“Well, we are way off the road,” Steve said. “Business is good considering that. We have a job to let the people in Brewton know where we are. It is nice here. The setting and the people are really nice.”
One key part of the Guinn’s business is the interesting ways they handle smoked meat.
“We have customers from miles away shop with us,” Steve said. “Some drive as far as 40-50 miles away to come to us. Everything that we do, the salads, pies, and beans, are made right here. We have had reasonable success with all that.”
One other thing the restaurant features is a daily lunch special. The special is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The daily lunch special is a pork sandwich with one side and a drink,” Steve said. “All that is $4.99 and it is a good deal. Quite frankly, I want to change that to a different special three or four times a week and not the same old thing day after day. We have never changed that, but we want to try something new as far as the special is concerned and other food is concerned. We will remain a Bar-B-Que restaurant though.”
Debbie said there is a pretty good following for her smoked chicken salad and another novelty is the white BBQ sauce.
“Our peanut butter pie is real popular along with a really nice beef brisket,” Debbie said. “And Steve makes a real good smoked sausage that is really popular.”
“We make our own,” Steve said. “And we can’t keep it. We sell it faster than we can make it.”
Also, the restaurant has a Web site — www.bigsteviesbbq.com.
“We have a Web site,” Steve said. “We have not followed it closely due to Internet problems right now, but we are set up so you can order from the site.”
Big Stevie’s also has catering.
“Catering is a very large part of the business,” the Guinns said.
“We have done weddings, and not only Bar-B-Que, but also whatever anybody wants,” Debbie said. “We have catered dove shoots, food for the hospital, hunting for the handicap, and other events.”
Steve said that is an example of how they can go beyond.
“Whatever the setting is, we can do,” Steve said. “It is really just in its elementary stages. It is good to see the interest in the golf course. We just need to educate them in eating here. The staff here and working with city has been very accommodating. It has been enjoyable.”
Stevie’s offers sandwiches, rib plates, chicken plates, pork plates, beef plates, combination plates, side items, desserts, and smoked meats by the pound.
Big Stevie’s is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.