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Wild Bill Hickory survives heart attack, returns to roadside BBQ

Bill Richer gave up on plans to build a barbecue restaurant after a year and a half of work, then experienced a heart attack that could have killed him.

On Oct. 10 he'll be right back at it, serving up his hickory smoked pork with a smile on his face befitting that of a man with a new lease on life.

Richer's roadside restaurant trailer, 9840 County Road, Clarence, will be open for business 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Same as before he announced plans to open a restaurant on Sheridan Drive, where Emily's Diner used to be. Those plans are kaput, Richer said, due to diverging visions between him and his business partner.

"I decided it wasn't going to be a good fit between the two of us, so I'm just going to stay where I am for the time being." Instead of that restaurant he was dreaming of, now he has his sights set on building a pavilion next year to shelter his customers.

Last month he had a heart attack, but he's better now, Richer said. "I went into the hospital, and I was very fortunate," he said. "They stuck a stent in me and I was home the next afternoon."

He's feeling too good to give the barbecue a rest. "I feel great," he said. "I'm going to the gym today."

Wild Bill Hickory's BBQ moving up to restaurant

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