Do you absolutely love smoky, saucy barbecue? Then you’re intimately familiar with napkins.
Better grab a handful — to wipe away tears.
The Famous Dave’s restaurant at 3510 N. Eagle Road in Meridian has closed. An email to an executive with the chain was not returned, nor were inquiries via social media. The location has vanished from the Famous Dave’s website — although the menu inexplicably remains — and the local phone has been disconnected.
Famous Dave’s owns or franchises about 150 restaurants in the United States and abroad. In Meridian, it’s been a longtime go-to spot on Eagle Road for smoked meats, sandwiches and salads — either dine-in or take-out.
Even if you dislike chains, you have to appreciate that there really is a Famous Dave: Dave Anderson. The dude loves barbecue, and it’s translated into lots of awards. The restaurant’s Feast combos, which come served on a trash can lid, pay tribute to his humble beginnings making food in a garbage-can smoker.
Now that the Meridian restaurant has closed, there’s only one Famous Dave’s left in the state — at 245 Houston Circle in Idaho Falls.
The good news, ’cue crew? A new barbecue restaurant opened last month in Boise: Big Daddy’s BBQ at 10659 W. Fairview Ave. And it’s locally owned and operated.