MISSION BBQ, the national chain famous for brisket and patriotic support of soldiers, firefighters and other first responders, has confirmed it is considering opening a new restaurant at the site of the recently closed Westminster Friendly’s.
Company spokeswoman Megan Laubacher stressed that nothing is certain yet, and many details have to be considered before the barbecue chain could announce a definite opening, but noted it is seriously being considered. She provided a written statement from MISSION BBQ co-founder Steve Newton to that effect.
“Although we haven't signed a lease for a location Westminster, we love the Westminster community,” Newton wrote. “Having family and friends that live there, we would love to be in Westminster. It would be our honor and privilege to serve and support the community there."
That the location had served as a restaurant for so long could make it easier for MISSION BBQ, should they choose to move in, Westminster Common Councilman Tony Chiavacci said, since zoning and water issues may already be in place. At the same time, he said he had no inside knowledge of the potential move by the barbecue chain, and probably would not unless the company reached out for a zoning change.
But in general terms, Chiavacci said he would welcome another restaurant moving into Westminster.
“Certainly the more the merrier. They are a thriving business that would be a fine addition to Westminster,” he said. “We have some great local barbecue and I think it would make everybody better. What is it they say, ‘a rising tide raises all ships?’ ”