Chic Dillard (credit: Michael Jacoby)
Note: This profile of Chic Dillard of Big Shanty Smokehouse ran in the print edition of the Fall 2011 Dining Guide in last Friday’s Go Guide. We didn’t want our online readers to miss it.
In the winter of 2007, after helping to open more than two dozen restaurants during his career as a consultant, Chic Dillard decided that it was time to open his own.
He just didn’t know what kind of restaurant it would be. While driving through Kennesaw one day, Dillard spotted his inspiration in the form of a tiny roadside house.
“I had no idea I was going to open a barbecue restaurant,” said Dillard, whose years in the industry have included positions ranging from chef to director of operations. “I was actually looking at other buildings when I drove by here, saw the ‘For Rent’ sign out front, and thought, ‘Hmm, that would make a great barbecue place.’ ”
And how right he was. Within 60 days of finding the space, Big Shanty Smokehouse opened for
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