[image-1]Say it ain’t so, Ray! This morning, word came into the office that Ray’s BBQ at 440 W. Coleman Boulevard (near Shem Creek) had officially closed down. A small group of us just ate huge feast of a lunch there last week and there were no signs of trouble to found. Furniture expert-turned restaurateur Ray Waldrup opened the business in March. The yellow-painted building stood out as a funky spot along the Coleman string of businesses. The menu specialized in hickory-smoked pork and chicken, with an emphasis on Carolina-styled sauces and additional hints of Gulf Coast flavors.

[image-2]This afternoon, we saw the announcement on a sheet of paper taped to the front door, which read:

“Out of business. Due to the declining economy, I’ve been forced to close. Thanks to all my loyal customers and the new friends I have made. My e-mail is raysbbq@gmail.com if you need to reach me.”

What a shame. The place was consistently friendly and delicious. Good luck to Ray and all.

(photos by T. Ballard Lesemann)

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