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Still Smokin' Good BBQ! - Sticky Lips BBQ Celebrates 12 Years

Sticky Lips Pit BBQ - 625 Culver Rd

Rochester, NY – The owner of Sticky Lips Pit BBQ, Howard Nielsen, is celebrating its twelfth year in business at the corner of Culver and Atlantic Avenue. “The restaurant is really a city success story, in that I had been in business with Chester Cab Pizza for 21 years already before I attempted Sticky Lips BBQ,” says Nielsen. “I knew the area well and felt comfortable in pushing two blocks outside the already successful neighborhood of the arts. I was the first restaurant to push that boundary, and I remember people telling me I was nuts.”

To this day, customers to the restaurant still remember the sign on opening day, April 21st, 2004: “I just spent my life savings, please eat my food.” Nielsen laughs because he says twelve years later, he is still living the same “on the edge” lifestyle. He has recently purchased the two acre corner lot and building, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations and will be rebranded as Photo City Junction. “It’s in the DNA of an entrepreneur to have the confidence and hopefully the knowhow to make your investment and idea into a business that can do some good for the world. When I had the idea of starting a barbecue business and was looking for space to rent, I had no idea all the good this location would offer.”

One of the things Nielsen is most proud of is being able to provide jobs for 180 full and part-time employees. Says Nielsen, “I like working with young people, and I have a very diverse group of employees. I have a great relationship with the Bowman and Leighton Avenue neighborhood, next to where the restaurant is located. I try to be a good example of a leader and business owner.”

Over the last twelve years, Sticky Lips BBQ has perfected the art of smoking meats. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of items all made from scratch. “We have the best staff, procedures, and menu that Sticky Lips BBQ has ever had. With the addition of executive chef Earl Young we have made great strides in our kitchen. The original smokehouse at Culver Road has just undergone an extensive make-over that will help streamline high volume production that comes with the increase in barbecue fundraisers, catering, and restaurant business.”

Nielsen is pushing his staff and preaching food quality every day. “We’re making the best and freshest barbecue in our twelve year history.”

Sticky Lips Pit BBQ is located at 625 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14609, at the corner of Atlantic and Culver.
(585) 288-1910

The ladies of Sticky Lips Pit BBQ

Last Mother's Day, Howard's wife and extended family decided to strike some Sticky Lips BBQ poses on a whim.

Last Mother’s Day, Howard’s wife and extended family decided to strike some Sticky Lips BBQ poses on a whim.

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Sticky Lips BBQ Regional Manager Brian Jackson Honored

We are very proud to announce that Brian Jackson, our regional manager, was awarded the “Front of the House” award by the Rochester chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association. Chapter president Mike Clarcq presided over the ceremony at the dinner event held on March 21 at Red Fedeles Brookhouse. The annual award is given to the person who shows dedication and excellence in management and operations.

Congratulations Brian!


Sticky Lips BBQ owners and management team.


New York State Restaurant Association Rochester chapter president Mike Clarcq

Sticky Lips BBQ to cater VIPs at Tedeschi Trucks Band show

(Photo: Joe Giblin, AP)

(Photo: Joe Giblin, AP)

Rochester’s Highland Bowl to host Tedeschi Trucks Band
From the Democrat and ChronicleSal Maiorana
February 1, 2016

The wildly popular husband and wife duo of singer-songwriter-guitarists Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will kick off their Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2016 on Friday, July 8, at Rochester’s Highland Bowl band shell.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band will be joined by special guests Los Lobos and the North Mississippi Allstars. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at RochesterEvents.com, The House of Guitars at 645 Titus Ave., and Record Archive at 33 1/3 Rockwood St.

There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available at $125 plus service charges which include guaranteed up-close seating, a catered BBQ dinner from Sticky Lips BBQ (gluten-free and vegetarian available), private full bar and private air-conditioned restrooms.

The remainder of the tickets are general admission lawn seating for $57.50 advance and $65 day of the show, plus service fees.

The Highland Bowl show will be the opener on the summer tour for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, who have been regular visitors to Rochester through the years including shows at Party in the Park (2010), the Auditorium Theatre (2014), and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (2015). Both Tedeschi and Trucks have also played in Rochester separately.