Roadhouse Rib Palace to replace Furys Ferry Road Sonic in Martinez

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Barbecue and brisket soon will replace hot dogs and limeade at a drive-through fast-food restaurant in Martinez.

Rick McMurtrey has converted a Sonic on Furys Ferry Road to Roadhouse Rib Palace. It will open today.   JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Rick McMurtrey has converted a Sonic on Furys Ferry Road to Roadhouse Rib Palace. It will open today.

Before closing one of his Sonic restaurants on Furys Ferry Road near The Pass on Dec. 31, Augusta Sonic franchisee Rick McMurtrey made plans to open his own restaurant in its place.

“There are concepts out there that we think are better suited to use this building for than Sonic,” said McMurtrey, who operates 12 Sonic restaurants.

On Thursday, McMurtrey will open Roadhouse Rib Palace.

McMurtrey has spent about a month remodeling the former Sonic, which was open for about five years.

The Furys Ferry Road Sonic didn’t have the traditional drive-in setup. Instead, it offered customers a sit-down dining area.

“People just never understood that you could actually come in, sit down and eat versus coming through the drive-through,” McMurtrey said.

The restaurant will be able to accommodate more than 60 customers in the dining room and 30 on the patio, he said.

Roadhouse’s menu will offer a variety of barbecue sandwiches and plates. Din­ers can choose from pulled pork or chicken, ribs, brisket and smoked sausage.

The restaurant will employ 12 people and serve from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Two special dishes at the Roadhouse are barbecue tacos, and a loaded baked potato topped with any two meats and smothered in baked beans.

“We’re going to have a chipotle fried chicken strip that is just phenomenal,” he said, adding that a few unique menu options – “in addition to great barbecue” – will differentiate the Roadhouse from other restaurants.

McMurtrey, who opened his first Sonic in 1993, said the Roadhouse has been in the works for nearly three years.

He said he considered bringing in a chain, such as Shane’s Rib Shack or Sticky Fingers, but decided against it.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/09/13 - 05:42 pm
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Um...isn't this just about

Um...isn't this just about the same exact article that ran a couple of weeks ago? Jenna??? Was it a slow newsday, or what??

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David Parker 01/10/13 - 09:51 am
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Since no BBQ establishments

Since no BBQ establishments in ARC or CC want to be put to the test, maybe we'll see Roadhouse at the Banjo-b-que this year. No pressure here, just alot of fun and suds and hella oak/hickory smoke.

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TruckChix 01/17/13 - 03:58 pm
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Ate there twice...

Opening night and the next night....
Not that great... 1st night brisket was barely lukewarm, mac-n-cheese had no seasoning (reminded me of cafeteria food), cheese fries were the same... bland.
Thought to give them one more shot the following night... got food to go... called and was told it would take 30-45 minutes- got there a little early and the food was waiting. Baked potato was cold and not completely cooked. Brisket "tacos" were incredibly sad.
Just got a coupon in the mail... too bad... won't be returning.

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Sideways9 01/17/13 - 08:30 pm
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Great Service! Great BBQ!

Me and plenty of my friends have eaten there multiple times already and I will say we will be continuing to return. New concept take a few days to catch on, but as their opening week continued everything seemed to became fast, delicious, and seemingly great customer service! I would recommend anyone their food and have already done so to the many people I have heard talk about the restaurant!

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jasona316 01/19/13 - 07:05 pm
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Maybe next month.....

My family and I ordered take out from Roadhouse Rib Palace. Ordered ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken tenders, and apple cobbler. After receiving our order, we noticed that half of our ordered items were not in the bag. The cashier apologized and fixed the order. Pulled pork tasted bland (had to smother in sauce) and ribs had the consistency of beef jerky. Cobbler was cold. Will wait a month or two to try the food again as they are a new establishment and need time to get it right.

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