One of the best "barbecue masters" in the country has made a home in Leesburg.
Joined by family, friends and long-time fans of their Texas-style barbecue, owners Sara and Mitchell Matzek celebrated the grand opening of The Q Company on Saturday, along with Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, Town Council Member Kelly Burk, Town Manager John Wells and Economic Development Manager Marantha Edwards.
“Thanks to everyone for being here and for all of your support, especially my mom. We are hoping for many years of success,” Sara Matzek said.
The Q Company officially opened Sept. 5, after many years spent developing a plan for how to showcase their passion for BBQ.
The 125 seat restaurant offers a full bar with many craft beers and local wines. The menu includes smoked beef ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, smoked beans and mac and cheese.
The Matzeks have been featured on - and ended up winning - the Food Network’s show “The 24-hour Restaurant Battle." The competition puts two couples against each other, challenging them to open a restaurant in NYC in less than 24 hours.
This year, Mitchell Matzek was also named one of the 30 best BBQ pitmasters in the country and was invited in February to cook at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami.
As for the Leesburg location, “things are going really well," Sara Matzek said. "The town has given us a great reception, including other business owners, and the economic development office has been very enabling and helpful."
After Saturday's ribbon cutting, The Q Company offered hourly menu specials, as well as their signature house drink “Jack and Jules” and real southern sweet tea. The celebration continued with a visit from Lost Rhino Brewery and a performance by country band RULE G.
The Q Company – Real. Serious. Barbeque. is located at 17 Catoctin Circle SE., Leesburg, VA 20175. The restaurant and the bar are open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The bar is open until at least 11 p.m. Prices range from $6.50 to $13.50 per person. For more information, please visit www.theqcompany.com or call (703) 777-8767.