I want to recommend Leon's "Real Fine" BBQ to everyone who us considerin
John and his staff went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. The food was awesome and they just kept bringing more. I'm sure we will all drop into into a BBQ Coma later, but what a way to go !
Maybe you don't have a big group, maybe you just have a family to feed, Leon's BBQ is indeed, "Real Fine"!
Thank you John, for a great success.
LEON’S BBQ - TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, THE PARTY’S OVER
GOODBYE! ADIOS! SAYONARA! AU REVOIR! CIAO!.… LIGHTS OUT! Well, Leon’s “Real Fine“ Bar-B-Que is now officially “homeless”. Our lease has been bought out by our new landlord, and Leon‘s will not re-open at its present location. We had been negotiating a new deal that would have allowed Leon’s to continue where it is, but we found out at noon Wednesday that it is not going to work out. We wish Jim Lake Co. the best of luck w...ith our old Leon’s location. I understand they have some cool new plans for the place, as part of the redevelopment plans for their properties downtown. They are off to a good start with their new restaurants at the Rogers Hotel.
We have already started clearing out all our old décor, and putting it into temporary storage. We are hoping to complete a deal soon to relocate Leon’s to another (larger) space downtown, with new ownership. Donna and I will be officially retired. It is time for some “new blood”. Leon’s has been a wonderful experience, but physically demanding. It served a purpose for two years; providing us with a livelihood at a time when we were reeling from the loss of our restaurant in Alabama.
Leon’s gave us the chance to recover, financially and emotionally. We will be forever grateful to Karl, Annette, and Jim Goss for letting us set up in the old bank drive-thru, and catch our breath there. I also owe a special debt to Russell and Missy Byrum, who told me “You need a sign”, and then proceeded to give us the iconic one on Elm Street. Without our landmark sign, Leon’s would not have been nearly the success that it has been. Lastly, I owe thanks to all of the hundreds of loyal customers who have put up with our flaws, and been so supportive. You’ve been far kinder to us than we deserved with your online reviews. You’ve understood when we were forced to be closed from time to time when we were short of staff. I think all of you knew that we were trying to give you the best food we could, at an affordable price. It was our desire to remain affordable that ultimately led to our decision to discontinue brisket. Now, that decision, good or bad, is moot.
What is next? We don’t yet fully know. Hopefully, we will complete a sale or lease/franchise of the Leon’s name to someone who will reopen it, with all our recipes and BBQ techniques. I am in discussions with someone who would do just than in a downtown space. If anyone else is interested in taking over, you are welcome to contact me. I would love to see Leon’s continue as a business in Waxahachie. As I turn 65 this year, it is time for me to move on to a “real” retirement.