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Barbecue to replace fried chicken on Route 16 in Elma

Paper is up in the Elma windows where fried chicken was king, but soon the neighbors are going to get a whiff of smoke.

TSG BBQ, a barbecue joint by competitive barbecue cooks, is taking shape at 6272 Seneca St, Elma. The property was formerly Rt. 16 Chicken Shack.

TSG is for Two Smokin' Guys, Dave Galuski and George Colvin, the linchpins to a competitive barbecue team that was declared World Bacon Champion at Roc City Rib Fest in 2015. "We were a competition team, and then we got into catering, now we're taking the next step into a restaurant," Galuski said.

Chicken, brisket, ribs, pulled pork and more will be making it to the table in Elma, Galuski said, with appropriate side dishes. When the permits are cleared, TSG BBQ will offer beer and wine.

An open pit on wheels, adept at cooking chicken, has recently joined the TSG armory, joining an assortment of homemade cookers.  The crew will smoke meats with a combination of apple, cherry and maple wood, with accents of hickory.

"We kind of make a mix," Galuski said. "In this area we have so many options for woods."

Expect turkey, sausage and all manner of smoked proteins, including a smoked eye round of beef to be sliced thin. For sides, mac and cheese, macaroni salad, potato salad, beans, coleslaw and daily specials will fill out the menu.

The dramatic arc is already in place, though no reality TV cameras will haunt the restaurant. "We started out doing small smokes, and then it kind of turned into a dare with our wives," Galuski said. "They're like, 'Oh, you'll never do this,' and we kind of took off from there."

It's the first restaurant experience for Galuski, who previously was a construction worker. His parents once operated Dubel's in West Seneca. Colvin has operated a pizzeria.

They hope to be open by May.

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