Possum Ridge barbecue option returns for north Crestview

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Possum Ridge co-owner Viola Plante hands an order to a customer.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The option of having smoked ribs on barbecue-loving north Crestview families' dinner tables has returned with Possum Ridge BBQ's reopening.

"We've been having some excitement," co-owner Viola Plante said as she served a couple picking up a barbecue dinner after church. "Each week is better than the one before."

A familiar black trailer — in which she and her husband, pit master Rick Plante, started their Triple-B champion blue ribbon-winning business several years ago — is parked in front of theBJ Food Store on State Road 85 in the Auburn community.

"We're just two minutes north of Winn-Dixie," Viola Plante said. "All of our old customers from Kevin Lewis' location (their original set-up next to Lewis & Co. Jewelers) followed us to Ms. B's and then followed us up here."

The Plantes bought the former Ms. B's Bar-B-Que and Bakery from founder Belinda Gibbons last year, but the overhead of operating a sit-down restaurant proved overwhelming.

"With the economy, we had to leave the building," Viola said.

She and her husband sought locations to park the big black trailer with its "front porch" smoker before settling on three possibilities.

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