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Russell Landing

Former Bistro restaurant now serving BBQ

Northwest Guardian

Published: 12:23PM July 18th, 2017

If you go

What: The Bistro BBQ

Where: Russell Landing, Lewis North

When: weekdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; weekends, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To learn more: Visit bistrobbqjblm.com.

If you’re a fan of the tender and juicy barbecue served up at “The Man BBQ — Straight Outta JBLM” food truck that’s parked daily outside the Lewis Main Exchange, but you’re hoping for a sit-down meal of the same caliber, you’re in luck.

The Bistro at Russell Landing — previously operated by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation — recently took on the new moniker, the Bistro BBQ. With that came a new menu — straight from the food truck.

Terry Hayes has owned and operated the food truck for about two years on the installation and also serves up his barbecue fare at the Bistro BBQ.

“I was asked to bid on a contract and I won,” he said happily, as he turned beef tips on a large barbecue outside the Lewis Main Exchange Monday.

Hayes has a long history in food preparation, having worked for nearly 20 years for Alton Porter, a member of the Porter barbecue family. Alton’s parents, Gene and Dixie Porter were longtime owners of Porter’s Place in Tacoma and Dixie’s BBQ in Bellevue.

The two barbecue restaurants then had contracts with most of the high profile sports complexes — including the Seahawks and Mariners stadiums — and several other educational and profitable business venues across the Seattle area. Hayes credits his skills in barbecue to his former employers.

His dad was an Army veteran, and Hayes also served in the Army, most recently as a specialist at Joint Base Lewis McChord. He transitioned out of the military in 1995. Hayes and his wife, Toni, have been married 17 years and live in University Place.

Owning and operating the food truck and Bistro BBQ is a dream come true for Hayes, he said. The food truck barbecue is already a hit at the Bistro BBQ, which on a recent Friday afternoon was filled with contented service member customers.

“I’ve been to the truck for lunch, but this is my first time here,” said Staff Sgt. Drew Krieg, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Division Artillery, as he sat at a table filled with his battalion buddies.

Krieg said he enjoys the meats served at the establishment and will come back whenever he has a craving for meat.

Staff Sergeant Bernard Marshall, also 1-37 FA, DIVARTY, enjoyed the side orders available with his meal.

“I really enjoyed the potato salad,” he said. “I got three servings.”

To check out the full menu, visit bistrobbqjblm.com/menu.