BBQ wars end in north Crestview with Possum Ridge closure

Possum Ridge BBQ closed

The parking lot is empty at the recently shuttered Possum Ridge BBQ restaurant. Its closure leaves north Crestview without a barbecue eatery.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The north Crestview “barbecue wars,” resolved by the purchase of Ms. B’s Bar-B-Que and Bakery by across-the-street rival Possum Ridge Barbecue, ended with the restaurant’s unexpected closure shortly after Thanksgiving.

Shuttering the popular eatery on Industrial Drive next to Johnny O’Quigley’s Ale House leaves north Crestview bereft of a barbecue restaurant and the city with one sit-down BBQ eatery, Hub City Smokehouse, in southwest Crestview.

“I really don’t know why Crestview can’t keep a barbecue place open,” local barbecue fan Kenny Curring said, adding his family often liked to pick up a rack of ribs from Possum Ridge for Sunday after-church dinner.

Also long gone is the Smoke House, formerly across the street from the Southside Center owned by Tim and Belinda Gibbons, Ms. B’s founders.

Also gone is Chappy’s Barbecue in the Shoffner City neighborhood, which the Gibbonses operated after its founder died.

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q closed and is now a Chinese restaurant, and today the location of Johnny Ray’s is a Mexican restaurant.

“Johnny Ray’s was the best,” Curring said. “They had really good barbecue and good onion rings and wonderful pies topped with whipped cream.”

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