May 28, 1998 |
"I'm back . . . I'm back . . . I'm back. . . ." That's the opening of a famous James Brown theme song, but it's also appropriate for Fred Burrell, O.C.'s king of barbecue. At one time, this outgoing native of Hickory, N.C., had three restaurants in the county, now all gone, but Burrell is back stoking the pits at his original Santa Ana location on Hesperian Street, a red stucco shack no bigger than your basic garage.
April 29, 1993 |
Fred Burrell is the undisputed king of barbecue in these parts, having parlayed a downsized barbecue shack on a back street in Santa Ana into a multifaceted operation with a branch in Irvine. Burrell's Quick Stop Wood Pit Bar-B-Que is his newest venture and it's bound to be another successful one.
August 1, 1991 |
The sign behind the deli counter says it all. I'm talking about the sign at Fred Burrell's new Irvine restaurant, Burrell's Bar-B-Que, which reads simply, "strain grease every night." It's right behind the glass case where mountains of pork ribs and barbecued chicken sit ready to be gobbled up by the hungry masses; hickory perfumed meats that you want to dive into as if you were Greg Louganis. Let's face it, you aren't going to find any Pritikin proteges around these parts.
September 29, 1999 |
Barbecue king Fred Burrell has filed for bankruptcy. Burrell encountered financial difficulties after he was forced to close his Irvine restaurant in the mid-1990s, when the site of the eatery changed owners, Burrell's attorney said Tuesday. "The partnership that owned the underlying land lost the property to foreclosure to the bank," attorney Richard L. Haeussler said. "He had no place to go, so he had to close the restaurant down.