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St. Charles barbecue restaurant is hip fun for diners of all ages

Friday, 08 February 2013

Written by  Kathy Deters

St. Louis restaurateur Gurpreet Padda has fond memories of his first taste of barbecue.

“I was a hardcore vegan for the first 18 years. Then when I was in medical school in Kansas City, on my way to school I would pass Gates Barbecue and see this long line of people and wonder, what’s that about?” Padda recalled. “When I finally went in there, I wasn’t a vegetarian anymore. I woke up in a daze, covered in barbecue sauce. As a restaurant owner, you want people to taste what you’ve been tasting, to experience what you’ve been experiencing.”

Padda and his business partner, Ami Hendricks, felt good barbecue was elusive in St. Louis.

“We couldn’t find a good sit-down barbecue restaurant in St. Louis, so we wanted to create something that was moderate in price, a good sit-down place with southern cooking,” explained Padda.

Using many of Hendricks’ own family recipes, the two decided to satisfy the area’s meat tooth by opening Hendricks BBQ on South Main Street in St. Charles. Hendricks BBQ joins several other local restaurants owned by the business partners, including Sanctuaria Wild TapasCafé Ventana and Diablitos Cantina. Although the restaurants reflect great diversity in both menus and atmosphere, they share a common element.

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