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Barbecue restaurant with a mission opens in Brandon

The brisket with fries and beans is a favorite at Mission BBQ, which is planning a soft opening for its 40th store today.

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The brisket with fries and beans is a favorite at Mission BBQ, which is planning a soft opening for its 40th store today.

BRANDON — Mission BBQ, a Baltimore-born fast-casual BBQ restaurant that proudly serves those who serve, has chosen Brandon as its 40th store location and is set to open Nov. 14 in front of Kane's Furniture on State Road 60.

Purple Heart Marine and active local fire fighter Chip Shields, a 1983 Beirut bombing survivor, will sing the national anthem at noon, something heard daily at each location throughout 11 states.

"Mission BBQ started as a couple of best friends who share a love for BBQ, and more importantly, a love of our country," said Steve Newton, co-founder along with Bill Kraus who has two sons in the military. "From one store on September 11, 2011, to our 40th store this month, and looking ahead to 80 stores, our mission remains the same - to run a business with meaning and purpose."

The restaurant began for the love of soldiers, firefighters, police officers, first responders and loved ones in service. The food is a result of visiting barbecue establishments from Texas to Kansas City and the Carolinas to St. Louis to discover the secrets of great barbecue. Bill Leahy, the market partner for Florida who has helped open 30 Mission BBQ restaurants, says the eatery leans a tad toward Texas by putting nine sauces on the side.

Diners can try a bevy of barbecue standards like pulled pork, Maggie's Mac-N-Cheese, fries, brisket (get it with burnt ends) along with rare sodas or beer and wine. The patriotic dining room overlooks an open kitchen and is filled with tributes to those who've made our country great and donated by the people who earned them.

"Every day we celebrate these people," Leahy said. "We are trying to do some good for some good people."

On Veterans Day, the restaurant will host a soft opening fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Leahy said the proceeds will go toward the locally-based Special Operations Warrior Foundation that donates money to fund college educations and beyond. He said three stores recently raised more than $100,000 in four months.

To learn more about Mission BBQ, view the menu or arrange catering, visit An insider tip is to go off menu and order a Tennessee Tower or a Tall Texas for a heaping serving of your favorite meat sandwich.

Office Depot reveals renovated store

The Brandon Office Depot has finished its renovations and invites you to check out its new furniture experience, enhanced print and copy services and dedicated tech support.

Shoppers at the renovated store now have access to a dedicated in-store business professional, a small business concierge, who is ready to work with you to find the products and services that are right for you and your business.

The store is located at 475 W Brandon Blvd. in Clayton Plaza, and is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

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Barbecue restaurant with a mission opens in Brandon 11/08/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:23pm]
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