It was a devastating day for smoked meats.
Popular BBQ emporium Lillie's Q was damaged by a fire March 14, but from the ashes rises the phoenix of all things beef and chicken.
Charlie McKenna, chef and owner of Lillie's Q plans to reopen his Bucktown restaurant in mid-June.
His team heads to Memphis to compete in the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest -- entering in the whole pork shoulder category. McKenna and his 'Q team hope to bring home the honors (the contingent won in 2007) in advance of serving the goods back in Bucktown.
"It's been a long road trying to get Lillie's Q in Bucktown back open, but we're getting close," McKenna said in a press release. "The outpouring of support from other chefs and restaurant owners, loyal customers, and friends of Lillie's Q has been absolutely incredible. We're hoping to put together a really amazing finish at Memphis In May this weekend, and ride that wave right into getting the Bucktown location of Lillie's Q open. We can't wait to open our doors again and feed everyone."