It starts with my grandparents, who had a gift for hospitality. A lot of that centered around food and creating spaces for community to happen. They were generous people in how they loved and welcomed people into their home from all walks of life. The outgrowth of that generosity was a restaurant they started in SE Portland, Oregon in 1989. The restaurant ended up being an extension of our home. A lot of the food in our restaurant was what you would find in our home, and the physical space became another room of the house for my grandmother to decorate and grandfather to fill with the aroma of good food.
With a love for urban farming and quality ingredients Felton & Mary shared an uncompromising commitment to their brand of Texas style BBQ. People came in for the food but stuck around for the relationships. Strangers came in, became regulars, and eventually called my grandparents mom and dad. Working in the restaurant was one of my first jobs. My family has decided that one of the best ways to honor the legacy of my grandparents is to bring their recipes back to market for the public, to reconnect with old customers and introduce them to a new fan base of people who enjoy barbecue. We hope you love them as much as we do.