Old Carolina Barbecue Almost Ready to Open

Restaurant is hoping to start serving Monday


The long-delayed opening of Old Carolina Barbecue could happen Monday.

The company posted on its Facebook page that its newest location at 14795 Pearl Rd., on the first floor of the Elevated Fitness building, is expected to open on Monday.

"Fingers crossed," the page says.

General Manager Ray Hull said staff is training this weekend and he's hoping for a grand opening on Monday.

"It could be as early as Monday, but no later than Wednesday," he said.

Old Carolina was originally supposed to open last fall, but a major electrical component blew out, causing a fire and interrupting power for other tenants in the building. 

The repairs to the electrical system have stretched out over several months.

Building Commissioner Tony Biondillo said crews were working on the final phase of the project -- protecting the outdoor equipment -- this week.

Inside, the restaurant, which seats about 120, has been finished for weeks.

Old Carolina is a popular participant in Strongsville's Rib Burnoff. This will be the seventh Old Carolina location and the second in Cuyahoga County, following the opening of a store in Lyndhurst in May.

Tracy Smith February 22, 2013 at 02:45 PM
That would be awesome I love their sauce have bought it at Heinans the past few years
sville senior February 22, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I can hardly wait I always visited their tent every year
Chapman Mom February 24, 2013 at 03:54 AM
is this the old balleys building
Tracy Smith February 24, 2013 at 04:43 AM
yes it is its in the bottom corner


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