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Chico and The New Sons of David performed at our Gospel Brunch this last Sunday at the Juke Joint in Henrietta.
The main man, Chico, has been performing gospel for close to 70 years, starting at the age of 7. He has more energy than most people I know that are in their 50s! The sound was great — you can’t start your Sunday any better!
USA Today’s Travel website is featuring the Sticky Lips BBQ Atomic Bomb Challenge in their article on America’s spiciest eating challenges. Here’s what they have to say:
Thanks to Eric Grossman and the USA Today for the fine press!
It was a long day in 2011 when Joey Logano finished fifth in a NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International, then drove himself directly to Sticky Lips Pit BBQ in Rochester, New York, to film an episode of Man v. Food Nation with Adam Richman. Joey was a great sport, but it was not to be his day. (Still, Sticky Lips BBQ loves Joey!)
Hundreds of people have tried the Atomic Bomb Challenge, which consists of over five pounds of delicious pain and Rochester’s hot meat sauce! In order to win, the challenger must complete his or her meal in under 30 minutes. The winner gets his name out front on the restaurant’s giant marquee and bragging rights. It seems to be a rite of passage for college-aged men in the Rochester area.
Don’t miss your chance to survive the challenge next time you’re at either Sticky Lips BBQ location!
Thanks to Rukkus for including us in their list of their list of best places in the country to see live music.
Here’s what they had to say about Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint (at no. 66)
Nielsen is very honored. “I want to thank my good friend, Rochester’s long time rocker Tommy Brunett (of the Tommy Brunett Band), and my cousin Richard Hollis, sound/acoustic engineer. They each gave me some great suggestions on the sound and the layout of the room.”
By Alan Morrell
The rest of the week at Sticky Lips in Henrietta is for honky-tonkin’ and barbecue.
Sundays are set aside for gospel music and Southern-style brunch – although you can still get barbecue, and don’t be surprised if you experience a honky-tonk atmosphere.
“Gospel brunch” started in late February at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Road. The idea is one that owner Howard “Howie” Nielsen had been cooking up for years, since he first learned of one at a club in Texas.
Nielsen was at a “barbecue convention” in Austin seven years ago and noticed a place called Stubb’s BBQ hosting a gospel brunch. Nielsen was intrigued, but he didn’t check it out until a return visit years later.
“I said, ‘I’ve got to see what this is all about,'” he said. “Once I saw it, I said ‘This is for us.’ ”
It took awhile to get the gospel brunch up and running as Nielsen was busy with his other Sticky Lips restaurant-bar on Culver Road, across from East High School.
The gospel brunch menu includes a carving station with sliced smoked turkey and brisket along with offerings like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and breakfast empanadas. Uncle Tim’s Gospel Band, made up of folks from First Bible Baptist Church in Greece, performed the first two Sundays.
Nielsen has been working with Wayne Anthony Norwood, a musician who hosts “The World of Gospel” show on radio station WRUR (88.5 FM), to line up more acts.
“Gospel music is hot music right now,” Nielsen said. “I just fell in love with the music. Part of what gospel music is about is, if you want to come up and sing, feel free to sing along.
“If you want to stand up and start singing, go right ahead. They don’t discourage it. It’s got a good message, too.”
The brunch runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., late enough for church-goers to stop by after services, Nielsen said. The “Southern cuisine” menu, most of which is only available on Sundays, is served buffet-style for $19.95. Musicians play two 45-minute sets.
“By the second act, people (in the audience) get going,” Nielsen said. “Once the vibe is going, no one wants to kill it.”
A graduate of Irondequoit High School, Nielsen opened the original Sticky Lips Pit BBQ on Culver (at Atlantic Avenue) in 2004 and followed with the Henrietta “Juke Joint” in 2011.
Before that, he founded a pizza shop that started as The Pizza Station and was later renamed Chester Cab Pizza.
Both Sticky Lips restaurants feature entrees like barbecue chicken, ribs, steak and salmon and appetizers like catfish strips, deep-fried pickles and macaroni and cheese.
The Henrietta club hosts musical acts four nights a week. The city location does not – but that will change soon.
Nielsen had been leasing the building at 625 Culver when he got the chance to buy the place a few years ago. That was around the time he opened the Henrietta club.
Plans to debut the gospel brunch got put on hold after he purchased the Culver Road complex, which includes surrounding buildings.
The first tenant, Lost Borough Brewing Co., opened in November; a comedy club, Photo City Improv, is expected to open in May.
In the meantime, customers can take in gospel music with Sunday brunch in Henrietta. And if they want to get up and sing, by all means, they should do so.
Alan Morrell is a Rochester-based freelance writer.
Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint location: 830 Jefferson Road, Henrietta, (585) 292-5544.
Original Sticky Lips location: 625 Culver Road, (585) 288-1910.
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