United BBQ to close this weekend

The best pulled pork on the East Side.

For those of you who’ve dared to venture a few blocks off Thayer, you’ll have no doubt had the pleasure of tasting the delicious food of United BBQ. For those of you who haven’t, you may have missed your chance to have some of the best BBQ around as the eleven employees of United BBQ were informed on Thursday night that the restaurant would close down after the weekend.

Located on Ives Street, United BBQ opened three years ago to a string of overwhelmingly positive reviews. Its achievements include winning the 2011 “RI’s Best Barbecue” award from the Providence Phoenix. Although known for its barbecue, the restaurant was also popular with Brown’s eco-friendly students due to its wide variety of vegan and vegetarian options, such as its “Tofurkey” Kielbasa Sandwich. 

When asked about her thoughts about the restaurant closing, United BBQ employee Jasmie, who has worked at the restaurant since its opening, said, “Working here has been great. I’ll really miss working here. Everyone’s like a family here.” The owners currently do not have plans for the restaurant after its closing and many employees are still unsure of what to do after United BBQ closes. News of the restaurant’s closing have also not been widely circulated as many students have remained oblivious to United BBQ’s plight.

Alas, the near-romantic relationship that many upperclassmen have had with United BBQ must come to an end. We can only hope that some day, a Southern BBQ food truck decides to drive up College Hill and fill that hole left behind by United BBQ.


  1. Matt Klimerman

    Any word on what will happen to their awesome Smart Car?

  2. '13

    Oh no!

    If I go tomorrow will I still be able to get one last BBQ fix?!

  3. Larry Au (Author)

    Even the employees weren’t entirely sure when exactly they’ll be closing down. I think they’ll just try to sell everything they have in inventory and see when they run out. Better to call them at 401-751-9000 to check before going.

  4. David Winer

    Word on the street is that they’re closed right now. It’s unclear as to whether they’ll be open tomorrow.

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  6. Ed R

    They may be closing, but if you want REAL good BBQ on “almost” the East Side (right on the Pawtucket/Providence line on East Ave) there is always LJ’s BBQ. IMO, the only advantage United BBQ had over them was United delivered. LJ’s is much better food wise than United ever was.

  7. LJ’s BBQ delivers. Call (401)272-3463 for delivery. College students and staff get 20% off eat in orders with valid ID, some restrictions apply. We have a food truck, LJ’s BBQ 2 U – track it on FB or our web site http://www.LJsBBQ.com. Check out our web site for our restaurant menus and more.

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