BY MELANIE YOUNG
This year marks five years that Trenton’s Round House BBQ has been serving up quality food in a casual atmosphere. The community has been so supportive that the business has been able to expand its offerings.
Grosse Ile resident Chris Hancock, also owner of Hancock Construction, opened the business in 2010. Hancock grew up in Lincoln Park and understands his customers.
“There was a lack of quality barbecue places Downriver, and it’s what the masses like,” said Hancock, who is very pleased with the business’ steady growth.
“We are having double-digit growth year over year,” he said. “It’s absolutely phenomenal.”
Hancock believes in serving quality food to his customers, so when the restaurant opened for breakfast about 18 months ago, he decided he would use the same quality ingredients he uses for the rest of his dishes.
He purchases the best bacon he can find. He uses a local baker to provide the bread. You won’t find a $2.99 breakfast special on the menu, but you will find items such as brisket hash, made with barbeque beef brisket and homemade potatoes, and biscuits and homemade gravy.
Other breakfast options include Western and veggie burritos and omelets. Breakfast is served Mondays-Saturdays 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
An outgrowth of the quality of the food has been the catering arm of the business. This summer, the business catered hundreds of graduation parties and has a crew at a local business catering lunches and events almost every day. According to Hancock, “Catering has taken off.”
He’s also ventured into providing his catering services to a couple of films being shot here in Michigan. The first film he worked with was a documentary on Bishop Gumbleton. His food got such positive reviews that he was recommended for another film. He is currently working with an independent film starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
While catering helps to grow his business, another thing that helps is the outdoor patio. Opened about 18 months ago, the patio provides outdoor seating for seven or eight tables and increases the number of people that can be served at the restaurant at one time. Customers seem to like it. The only downside is that it’s seasonal here in Michigan.
Round House BBQ is also very involved in the community. The business sponsors local baseball and hockey teams, and supports organizations throughout Trenton and Downriver. According to Hancock, it’s a win-win.
“This is where our customers are, and we have to give back to them. It’s an important facet to what we do.” You can also see the restaurant represented at community events such as the Trenton Summer Festival.
Hancock believes the community is the reason they’ve been so successful.
“I’ve had a great experience in Trenton. Trenton is a great community to do business,”
In fact, business has been so good that plans are in the works for another location to be announced in the future. For more information about the Round House BBQ, including menus and catering information, you can visit www.roundhousebbq.com or call (734) 671-6100