Blues BBQ finding niche in East Dundee

It’s been a busy few months for the Blues BBQ staff.

General manager Roland Bicer has been working with operating partners Patrick Maggi and Robert “Buzz” Doyle getting East Dundee’s newest restaurant open.

And last week it finally did.

“We’re picking up every day,” Bicer said of the patronage. “Every day is getting busier and better.”

Last Friday, Shirley Kranz of Sleepy Hollow was there for lunch.

“East Dundee is a nice quiet little town but something was missing and this was it,” she said of the restaurant.

Future plans for Blues BBQ, 102 N River St., include a Sunday brunch featuring a Bloody Mary bar, catering service and delivery. Bicer said there will also be live music and open mic nights.

“But what’s very important to know is that we are a restaurant with a bar, not a bar with food,” he said.

Fare at Blues BBQ ranges from full racks of ribs and brisket to pulled chicken and burgers. Sauces include the tangy and sweet “Sneaky Heat,” the sweet and the spicy mustard “Grumpy Yella,” among others. Indulge your sweet tooth with a bag of doughnuts, bourbon glazed bread pudding and shakes.

Bill Bostrom works in downtown East Dundee and paid a visit to the restaurant over lunch last week.

“The food was great,” he said. “I will definitely go back.”

He ordered the Memphis-style pulled pork sandwich which he called “delicious.”

“And next time I would probably get the ‘naked’ version so I could sample more of their amazing barbecue sauces that they brought to our table,” Bostrom said.

Besides an extensive food and drink menu, the restaurant also pays homage to the Doederlein family. Fred Doederlein, the late husband of DeLoris, was the owner and operator of the Doederlein Lumber Company in East Dundee. A sign from the business adorns one of the restaurant’s walls.

In the 1980s, the Doederlein family was instrumental in the construction of the Depot, located at 319 N. River St., East Dundee.

More recently, DeLoris Doederlein has helped out East Dundee with its revitalization efforts. Last year, she donated to the village a warehouse and property across from the Anvil Club, also part of the Doederlein Lumber Co. complex. With her blessing, officials then demolished the warehouse in order to enhance the Depot Plaza Square area.

The Blues BBQ ribbon cutting celebration is set for later this month.