Episode 227 - Willow Villarreal and Charles Toomey of J-Bar-M Barbecue

Feb 03, 2022, 12:00 PM

Today on the podcast Eric is joined by Mary Clarkson to discuss the latest news from the Houston bar and restaurant scene including Kate McLean's return to Tony's, Ben Burg's giving rodeo patrons a new upscale restaurant experience, and Bellaire Food Street getting a second phase expansion. In the Restaurants of the Week portion Ruggles Black and Stella's Wine Bar are featured. In the Guest of the Week section Eric is joined by Willow Villarreal and Charles Toomey of J-Bar-M Barbecue. Willow and Charles speak with Eric about how the two of them began working together, what made opening a barbecue restaurant the right move for Charles' family, the large scale aspect of J-Bar-M, Willow's roots in barbecue, Willow developing his bbq style, Willow and fiancée Jasmine being a dynamic cooking duo for J-Bar-M, how Willow prepared to work on such a large scale, their goals for J-Bar-M, dishes they'd like to introduce in the future, and Grandfather Toomey giving out all the banana puddings!

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