Evan’s Barbeque Company in Villa Rica opened its doors in November of last year. It is family-owned, and named for their six-year-old son Evan.
Michael and Alicia White have a combined 40+ years experience in the culinary industry. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Michael honed his culinary skills for nine years at the world renowned 21 Club in New York City, followed by four years at The Capital City Club in Atlanta. Alicia worked under several celebrity chefs in New York while attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Their 13 years spent in New York City provided them immeasurable experience within the culinary field. The duo remained in NYC for a little over a year and a half following the birth of their son, eventually deciding to return to their Southern roots, seeking more spacious surroundings and closer proximity to family members.
Stumbling upon the fabulous Bankhead spot that had served Villa Rica for over 30 years, they both agreed it simply “felt right.” They decided to preserve the old-time nostalgic atmosphere after hearing all the many stories told by locals who had come to the drive thru & to go window with their families since they were small children. Art, stained glass windows from old country houses, vintage mason jar lighting, a local artists nook, an antique gas pump left to them by Michael’s father and his grandmother’s mailbox have enhanced the country, yet eclectic, atmosphere Alicia and Michael were seeking to create.
Michael uses as many local purveyors and fresh ingredients as possible in his menu items and the smoker is always rolling. Michael’s method is simple, “low and slow.” Due to the increasing demand of local Villa Ricans and limited kitchen space, keeping their somewhat infamous BBQ eggrolls, BBQ spaghetti & Boss Hogg sandwiches in stock have been a welcome challenge to their amazing kitchen staff.
Evan requests that it be mentioned he demolished the worn lattice work on the stairs leading into the front building and he fired his mom and dad several times during the renovation process. Michael, Alicia, Evan and his 2-year-old sister Sage Wren reside in Villa Rica with their two dogs Buddy and Rusty and are proud to now call Villa Rica their home. They, along with their entire staff, thank you for your continued support of their “upscale barbeque with a twist.”