CENTREVILLE — If change is the recurring theme for 2020, this is one transition that will be welcomed by foodies in Centreville and the surrounding area. Barbecue Bueno, formerly Smoke, Rattle and Roll, is open now under the leadership of Roger L’Heureux and business partner Zachary Gibbs. New items to tempt the tastebuds as well as old favorites are on the menu. The restaurant also has acquired a liquor license and can now fill your growler as well as your belly.
“Same Roger, same food trucks, same location, just new and improved,” said their recent update on social media. The restaurant also welcomes the addition of a liquor license and a tasty new treat — cinnamon and sugar rolled churros. The “fresh mex’cue” establishment also offers guacamole, cilantro rice, burrito bowls, salads, and a new thick barbecue sauce — still keeping fan favorites like their brisket or pork mac and cheese.
Next door to the Centreville barbecue joint on Pennsylvania Avenue, is the L’Heureuxs rebranded steak house, The Station Steak and Grille. “A casual atmosphere and an amazing dining experience. From appetizers, entrees, desserts and cocktails, you will not be disappointed in our steakhouse!” claims the website.
The new names offer better insight into the food styles and, in the case of The Station, ties to the town. The name resonates with the location near the old railroad station on Pennsylvania Avenue, aptly named for the Pennsylvania Railroad that ran through town.
And Barbecue Bueno is a nod to the fusion Mexican barbecue style cuisine they serve in their casual dining location and from their still in-service food trucks. The burrito bowls have proven incredibly popular, second only to the brisket platter and are a great lighter option than a full plate of barbecue, said L’Heuruex. They have also rolled out a kids menu to keep those pickier eaters happy and the whole family satisfied.
Local investors from Centreville helped establish The Station last December, but shortly after COVID sought to make things complicated. The menu at The Station wasn’t ideal for carry-out and then came the second punch — a defunct air conditioning system. If there was a sliver lining to be found, L’Heuruex said they were able to take the opportunity while closed to renovate and rebrand the restaurant. With the help of a grant obtained through the county to aid small businesses they were able to replace inventory. Their landlord was also instrumental in helping them back on their feet, L’Heuruex added.
L’Heuruex maintains his enthusiasm. He’s excited to serve his customers and see them enjoy their new items.
The restaurant held a soft opening Nov. 10 and is open now for dine-in service. Reservations are required. While steaks are their specialty, guests will also find a selection of seafood and chicken with creative twists on classics.
Diners also can call ahead for orders to-go from Barbecue Bueno or enjoy their favorites wherever the food truck can be found.