Those of you who drive past Townside Festival Shopping Center on Franklin Road in Roanoke or frequent Padow’s Deli there have surely noticed the name on the sign has changed to Dave’s BBQ and Deli. I called owner David Bell this morning to ask him what was behind the name change.
Padow’s first opened in 1997 as part of the Richmond-based Padow’s Deli chain. At one time, they had a number of locations in and around Richmond, including ones in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and Williamsburg. The concept includes whole and half hams and deli sandwiches.
Bell, who has owned the Roanoke location since 2000, said none of those offerings have changed. He simply decided it was time to break away from the franchise and run an independent establishment. He also plans to extend the business hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in order to take advantage of the dinner crowd. The restaurant seats 78 people and has always just been open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays (closed Sundays).
Although Padow’s sold BBQ sometimes, Bell said that was from a plastic tub he got from vendors who dealt with the franchise. Now, he has a friend who “learned to make BBQ from the Cubans” who is smoking whole Boston butts to make pulled pork BBQ. Bell said they’ll offer that with homemade sauces on the side because he thinks ‘que that is “saturated in sauce” is probably just bad BBQ covered up. Right now, the BBQ is smoked off-site but Bell hopes to purchase a small cooker that he can use at the restaurant.
Since they have occasionally offered smoked half-chickens and ribs as specials, Bell said, he may offer those as dinner specials on Thursday through Saturday when the restaurant is open later. The hours have not been officially extended yet, but when they are, Bell said it would probably be open until 8 or 9 p.m.
Bell owns the restaurant with his wife, Ginna, and their son. But Bell is the one who works on-site, as his son has another job and his wife owns Bahama Snow and Java to Go near Lord Botetourt High School in Daleville. Eventually, Ginna may bring some supplies to Dave’s to offer specialty coffee drinks, as well.
Bell said he wants customers to know that he hasn’t changed anything on the old menu, only added to it. And he is still using “genuine Smithfield ham from Virginia.” Also, if you have a Padow’s coupon or gift certificate, he would still be happy to honor it.
If you try the BBQ at Dave’s, let us know what you think.
Dave’s BBQ and Deli
3617 Franklin Road, Roanoke