The iconic Bodacious on Mobberly in Longview, the barbecue restaurant named one of the state’s best in Texas Monthly’s most recent rankings, has reopened after a closure of nearly two months.
The restaurant stopped serving customers in early May after the departure of several employees, including pitmaster Bryan Bingham. Owner Nancy Lindsey said at the time that the closure would allow for repairs and updates to the building.
Lindsey said the restaurant reopened Tuesday.
“We took care of all the updates and got it all prepared and cleaned and sanitized,” she said. “Our Sixth Street location reopened last week, and we’re just happy to be back, serving the people and cooking good barbecue.”
Manager Adam Bradford said the restaurant had a soft opening.
“We didn’t really tell anyone,” he said. “We had about 80 customers (Tuesday), and that’s without telling anybody.”
The late Roland Lindsey, founder of Bodacious Bar-B-Q, first opened the Mobberly location in 1968.
Because of Roland Lindsey’s declining health, he closed the Mobberly Avenue location in December 2013. With Lindsey’s blessing, former pitmaster Jordan Jackson reopened the restaurant in June 2015.
Bradford said he learned a lot from Roland Lindsey.
“I’ve been a part of the Bodacious family since right out of college,” he said. “Roland is the one who showed me the ropes. He’s like the godfather of barbecue.”
Lindsey said the Mobberly Street location is their home base.
“That’s where we started out, and we’ve been there for many years,” she said. “My husband, Roland Lindsey, started the business. He passed away almost three years ago, so we’re still trying to keep things going, serving good food.”
Bradford said for now, it’s just he and his wife, Paloma, running the restaurant.
“We’re starting this thing pretty much the way Nancy and Roland did it back in 1968,” he said. “We’ll get more employees, but to start it out, we’re just going the old school way.”
The restaurant has received numerous accolades through the years, including ranking fourth on Texas Monthly’s barbecue list in 2017 with a rating of 4.75 out of 5.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
“I’ll be staying open until 7 p.m. for the people that just can’t make it for lunch,” Bradford said. “I want people to come back out and enjoy not just the barbecue but what this place is, what it represents. It’s a piece of history, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”