Remembering Rochester with Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza

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Bygone Business: Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza

Anyone who lived at the north end of Rochester during the 1960s and early 1970s probably remembers a small take-out store called Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza.  James and Lorraine Schultz opened the establishment in a small, one-story building at 812 N. Main Street  (just north of the Romeo and Main intersection) under the name Bar-B-Q Kitchen, in March 1963.  The Rochester store was a franchise of a Detroit company called Bar-B-Q Kitchens, Inc. that had launched its first store in Port Austin six years earlier.

Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza

Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza

The menu at the Rochester Bar-B-Q Kitchen featured chicken, duck, turkey, ham, spare ribs, pork roll and strip  steak. Pizza was added to the bill of fare later on, and the name was changed to Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza.  The little store suffered a couple of fires, and was gone by the mid-1970s.  The building has long since been torn down.

My mother remembers that the Bar-B-Q Kitchen had really great Cole slaw.  Anybody else remember eating here?

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  1. Bill Potere says

    The “building” which housed the Bar-B-Q Kitchen was later used as the home of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, soon to be re-named The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce!

  2. Can you get some pictures of this old restraunant? My mom and dad used to eat there but I have never seen it!

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