Saturday (April 4) will be the last night of service at Philadelphia Fish & Co. at 207 Chestnut St. after 26 years.
Owners Kevin and Janet Meeker are making good on their promise back in February to transform the Old City landmark into Q BBQ & Tequila Bar. Opening is on tap for April 13.
Kevin Meeker cites the economy. The Meekers will partner with their friend, pit master Tom Stewart. Q's concept will be down-home comfort food at reasonable prices. The bar, which will have a 22-foot mahogany communal table, will serve 60-plus tequilas.
Kevin Meeker, who also owns Cork in Westmont and has his hand in a few other spots, says he's come full-circle. Q will be similar in many ways to Los Amigos, which he opened back in the 1970s around the corner on Second Street. (It was where Mint and Billy Wong's have been most recently.)
Meeker calls it Southern-style 'cue but will also offer a Carolina vinegar sauce and a Kansas City sweet sauce. Also on the menu will be something Meeker calls the Big-Ass Burger, combining a quarter-pound of pulled pork, grilled sausage, apple smoked bacon, barbecue sauce and coleslaw, all atop a half-pound beef burger.
I believe the name is simply an adjective describing the sandwich's size -- not the affect that consuming them would have on one's body.
Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to midnight daily, though the kitchen will be open to 2 a.m. on weekends.
(Post corrected to clarify hours.)