There I was, browsing the Internet after a run on a Friday afternoon. It was the beginning of what was going to be a great weekend.
Then, I saw the quote below posted on an AJC.com article about Heirloom Market BBQ’s forced changes by law enforcement, and it all went to hell in a handbasket.
We have some bad news happening at Heirloom Market BBQ: Starting Tuesday we will no longer have in house dining. We will become to-go and catering only. Cobb County and the DOT have decided that in the near future no on can park in any form of unpaved surface around the area. That includes our employees that park on our private property. So be careful in the future if you park on the side. They are threatening to enforce with tickets. We are also no longer aloud to have people stand and eat on the patio….thus limiting our seating and forcing us to move in this direction. All the parking spots in the front row facing the building will now be 10-15 minute parking including those in front of next door. I guess all the tax dollars we generate are not good enough and they are forcing this small business into a corner. Come tonight and tomorrow as it will be the last chance to stand or sit and eat at Heirloom.
I’m pretty sure my exact reaction to reading that quote was, “I’M SORRY I THOUGHT THIS WAS AMERICA.”
If you know Atlanta barbecue, you know Heirloom Market. You also know that it’s a tiny little place with a tiny little parking lot. That’s part of what makes it so special, though — there’s a line out the door all day, every day, and even though it’s in a fairly suburban part of town (south Marietta, near the I-75/I-285 connector), it has a middle-of-a-big-city kind of feel. You walk up, get what you want, and then eat it at a stand-up table nearby.
I ate there for the first time a week ago with buddy Bairet Bazemore and have been looking to go back ever since. It’s definitely one of the top two barbecue joints in Atlanta (Fox Bros. is the only one I consider to possibly be better). I guess the next time I stop in, I’ll have to take it back to the office and torture my co-workers who have to watch me eat that delectable meal.
See what a mess you’ve created, Cobb County?
I think this tweet pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter (and yes, it should be read in the angry Sonny Koufax voice from Big Daddy):
— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) June 28, 2013