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MILLERSBURG -- All the patrons who feast on his food during the fair will be able to enjoy Bam Bam's Backyard BBQ all year round as the restaurant celebrates its grand opening this weekend at 214 W. Jackson St. on Friday and Saturday.
Just in time for the change of season, Bam Bam's Restaurant in Millersburg will be opening its outdoor deck for service this weekend, May 19-20.
"We're going to start hosting 'The Party on the Patio' with live entertainment and seating for up to 100 patrons," said Bam Bam's owner Kevin Hatch. The live music will begin in June.
Aside from an open bar, the restaurant will be serving all the barbecue favorites from the grill.
Bam Bam's features ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef brisket, cooked to perfection on the wood-fired grill smokers.
"The grills operate off of wood with minimal propane, and they're on a rotisserie, spinning through the smoke for the flavor," Hatch explained. "I will sometimes use ash because it's a good wood to burn because it burns hotter, and if I need to make the meat a little darker outside, I use ash."
Hatch looks forward to building relationships with customers who patronize Bam Bam's.
"With the patio, I'll be out back where I can meet our customers," Hatch said. "We're bringing in two special grills. When we had our soft opening back in January, we were so busy, I was stuck in back cooking to keep up with the demand.
"This will give customers an opportunity to see the smoker and see my grills," he continued. "And I'll be able to visit with customers, which is what I like best about this business."
He waited until the weather warmed up so he could take advantage of being outside.
Other events planned for summer evenings on the patio include Ladies Nights, Bike Nights and Wings Nights.
Hatch and his wife, Vicki, are from Wadsworth but are looking to relocate to the Holmes County area. He says his three children are named after his moniker, Blake, Aden and Maggie.
"My nickname's stayed with me since my freshman year in high school, and I was able to use it to name my kids with an initial from my name," he said.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.