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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

T-Dub's on Fridays Replaces Yellow Pa Taut

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

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Thomas Ware says he invented the barbecue sauce he's built T-Dub's on Fridays around back in 1987. Ware first took the sauce

public in 2000, when he opened up the first T-Dub's on Fridays on Geary

and Second Ave. He also began entering it in competitions. Ware says his sauce beat out Everett & Jones in a

cookoff the Oakland barbecue chain sponsored, and topped the one from Kansas City's famed Gates Bar-B-Q in another. For a time in the middle of the decade, Ware sold bottles of his sauce at Costco, too, but his inexperience in the business side of the

operation caused both the restaurant and bottled-sauce operation to shut down.

Ware regrouped, took business classes, and finished his online course in

February. He relaunched T-Dub's on Fridays a few weeks ago, taking over

the SOMA space once occupied by SFoodie beloved Yellow Pa Taut. (That's how we found him, actually ― riding by to confirm our favorite Burmese place had closed down.)
 

The name of Ware's restaurant dates back to his childhood. "When I was growing up in Cleveland," he says, "my family didn't have a lot of money. So we didn't have much to eat on the weekdays. But every Friday, my mom would make up a big batch of barbecued chicken wings." Baby back ribs are his specialty, but the menu includes other cuts of pork, beef, and chicken wings, too. None of the meats are smoked ― they're braised until tender, then finished on the grill, brushed with the sauce as they cook. The menu also includes most of the standard Southern sides ― mac and cheese, candied yams, corn on the cob, creamy cole slaw ― each named after a member of his family.

"My goal is to uplift San Franciscans," Ware says, a natural pitchman for his food. "My food has already

hypnotized this area. We get a lot of return visitors."

T-Dub's on Fridays: 15 Boardman Place (at Bryant), 624-3360, Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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