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Harlem Globetrotters have a ball at Barnyard BBQ

Barnyard BBQ in Teays Valley had some unexpected customers when several members of the Harlem Globetrotters stopped by for lunch.

"It was pretty exciting," said Crystal Tincher, restaurant owner. "There were six or seven of them. They just showed up. They gave autographs and had their pictures taken."

The Globetrotters played in Charleston Tuesday night and were scheduled to play in Huntington on Wednesday night. While staying at a hotel in Teays Valley, they asked for suggestions of good places to eat and Barnyard BBQ was recommended, she said.

They stopped for lunch on Tuesday and ordered salmon, sides and an assortment of meats, including beef brisket, pork, chicken and hickory-smoked baby back ribs.

"They were feasting; that's for sure," she said.

They enjoyed the food so much that they hoped to return for another meal while in the area, she said.

"I'm ready for them and any other business we get," she said.

On Tuesday afternoon, they posed for pictures with other customers as well as employees.

"It was an honor for us, being a mom-and-pop restaurant," she said.

Her business started in October 2010 when she held a yard sale along with a hot dog sale to raise funds for a playground for her day care center and preschool. The event raised $500 in one weekend. She soon bought a smoker from another restaurant and began selling barbecue.

Barnyard BBQ is now housed in a 5,600-square-foot building with a seating capacity of 200. She owns the building where she already had a day care and preschool operating in the upper portion. The lower level that was previously rented out became home to the restaurant.   

Meats are slowly smoked and business is brisk in a low-key, family-friendly environment.

Everything is made on site, including an assortment of barbecue sauces. The house sauce is a garlic/tomato base. There are also some unexpected offerings like chicken livers, fried green tomatoes and collard greens. Her mother, Wilma Tincher, makes cakes and pies from scratch.

She said folks are surprised to find such fine barbecue in West Virginia when that seems to be a specialty of more southern states.

Specialties of Barnyard BBQ will soon be known by an even wider audience when the restaurant is featured on television in the spring.

Just like the launching of the restaurant and the visit from the Globetrotters, the television appearance came about by happenstance.

Barnyard BBQ is to be featured on the Travel Channel's "BBQ Crawl" this spring with host Danielle Bennett Dimovski, who is known as Diva Q in barbecue circles.

She was passing through the area last October on the way to the New River Gorge to film a fishing trip, Tincher said. While in the Teays Valley area, someone recommended she stop by Barnyard BBQ.

Tincher expects to hear soon when the show will air.

"They filmed here six to eight hours," Tincher said. "She said it was one of her best shows. She emailed me yesterday and said we would hear from them soon."

Barnyard BBQ is located at 1101 Hospital Drive in Teays Valley. For more information about the restaurant, go to www.thebarnyardbbq.com or call 304-964-3322.

Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlotte@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.


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