Willard’s BBQ Restaurant to Open Its Reston Location Next Week

by Dave Emke April 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm 10 Comments

The Reston location of Willard’s Real Pit BBQ will open its doors to customers Monday at 10:30 a.m., “come Hell or high water.”

That’s according to restaurant owner Chris Janowski, who has been working for a year to prepare the location at 11790-E Baron Cameron Ave., in the Home Depot Shopping Center. Janowski opened his first barbecue restaurants in Massachusetts in 1995 before moving to Fairfax County in 2002 and opening the flagship Willard’s in Chantilly’s Dulles Expo Center the next year.

“We have a good business going in Chantilly — we have tons of regulars,” he said. “We see some people every day for lunch or dinner.”

The restaurant’s menu includes a variety of sandwiches and ribs, along with a full assortment of specialty items and sides. There is a 30-person seating area inside, and takeout and catering orders will also be available.

Janowski said the secret to his barbecue is in the smoker, which uses hickory logs to enhance the meat’s flavor. He said while Virginia doesn’t have its own established style of barbecue, he is fond of vinegar-based sauces and it shows in the restaurant’s menu.

“Nothing too sweet. Some barbecue for me is too sweet and thick,” he said. “To me, that’s like kids’ barbecue, you know?”

There are still jobs available at the restaurant as well, Janowski said. Interested applicants should stop by for more information.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Janowski said. For more information, call 703-429-1755 next week.

  • LakeNewportLady

    Can’t wait to try it!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    There was a hole left in the community with the departure of Memphis BBQ. I’m hoping that Willard’s serves a decent beef brisket.

    • Richard703

      It does. I’ve been having the brisket for years at the Chantilly location. Excellent.

    • noodmik

      I guess that you have not tried Mookies — http://www.mookiesbbq.com/

  • Tom

    I would say they have a fighting good chance, especially since they chose to locate in a part of Reston that has FREE PARKING.

  • Anon

    Hopefully they have a choice of sauces. Doesn’t make much sense in a state without a strong BBQ identity to stick solely to a vinegar base. The ‘kids bbq’ bit is actually insulting. I personally thing BBQ should be smoky and sweet and about as far away from freaking VINEGAR as you can get, but that’s just me. Give me a choice of sauces and I will be there otherwise my kid money stays in my kid pocket.

    • Weegs

      Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one and by the way, yours stinks.

  • Jamie Phillips

    Mookies has better brisket. Willards definitely has the upper hand in burnt ends. Sides are pretty even although Willards doesn’t have fries or onion rings and Mookies onion rings/straws are delicious with the white sauce.

  • Annie

    Well…. did it open or not?!

  • bitguru

    It is open. I have eaten there.


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