The N&O's Jim Wise has a nice pick-up on a story that'll resonate with Durham barbecue lovers everywhere.
Business is down 80% or so at Bullock's, the original west Durham 'cue shack, about to celebrate six decades of pickin' pork -- but which has been picked at less in recent weeks since the Durham Co. Health Department put out an advisory that there were several cases of reported salmonella infection after a catered lunch that used take-out from the restaurant.
But as the H-S noted recently, the restaurant says the food may have been consumed as much as a day after it was offered up, something the family owners say they have no control over once the food ships out the door.
And, as Wise points out, the owners note they've never had a health inspection score below an "A."
So what to do to get customer confidence back -- and customers back?
Well, Sam Poley, formerly of the restaurant Starlu and now in charge of marketing for the DCVB, has a terrific idea. (Which he often does; Poley was one of the key movers behind the effort to sell the Bull City to Google, and was a key organizer of the DBAP photo shoot.)
Poley's plan? Get chefs and other quotable notables to turn out tomorrow for lunch at the Quebec St. barbecue restaurant.
The N&O points out that no other restaurant has ever operated in Durham as long as Bullock's has, with their nearly 59 years. And if Poley and the others who turn out tomorrow have their way, that's a record that won't screech to a halt any time soon.