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Charlotte Observer: Fire Damages Well-Known Shelby BBQ Eatery


Red Bridges Barbecue. Photo: Erin Sutton Owners of a popular Shelby restaurant say they hope to reopen Wednesday after their business was damaged by fire over the weekend. A kitchen fire damaged Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, in the 2000 block of East Dixon Boulevard. The fire was reported shortly after midnight, and no injuries were reported. The restaurant was closed at the time. Damage was limited to the kitchen area, according to Shelby fire officials. Their crews, along with crews from the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department, put out the blaze. Red Bridges Barbecue is an iconic North Carolina eatery. It has operated since 1946. The restaurant normally is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.