New Openings: RD Southern BBQ

RD's Southern BBQ specializes in Louisiana-style BBQ fused with Haitian recipes that date back to the late 1800s -- celebrating the origin of the resto's owners. Executive Chef Jean Rimple and Petra Dean are a husband and wife team who opened up their first location in Brampton and, due to their growing customer base, felt it was time to expand.

Their second location in Mississauga is a tribute to Petra and Jean's son - Romer Dean, a young man who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 22, just after their first location in Brampton opened about four years ago.

"The name (of the restaurant) stands for two things," says David Pavey, the resto's general manager. "RD is the initials of the last names of Jean and Petra and the initials of their son". The family and friends of Jean and Petra have come together to help build their tribute to the late Romer, including his best friend, Sanjay, who is the kitchen manager.

Located in what was formerly a Wendy's along Derry and Hurontario, it was actually one of their loyal customers who spotted the vacant building and thought it would be an ideal location. The goal, according to Pavey, is to be the next late night spot that caters to the post-movie and general late night crowd.

Grand opening Date: Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

Menu: RD's is known for quite a few dishes and is the home of the baby back ribs. The meat is smoked up to 14 hours on-site and everything on the menu from the dry rubs to the sauces and corn bread (with the exception of their sandwich buns) is made in-house. Their motto "we cook it slow, and cook it low" is part of the secret to tender, fall-off-the bone, smoky meat. Chef Jean offers a catering menu and can also customize a southern BBQ menu for special functions. For example, Chef Jean developed a custom seafood menu for one of their customers which included lobster, crab and crawfish.

Signature Dishes: The Mammoth Poutine (made with Quebec cheese curds), jambalaya, gumbo, etoufee and Dean Bad Habit. The Big Daddy Sandwich (as seen in the photo above) is a dry spiced grilled chicken breast finished with a balsamic reduction, three jumbo shrimps, RoRo dressing and aioli sauce and served with fries.

What's Up and Coming? Liquor license (application for license is being processed), patio (by mid-summer), southern style breakfast (in the next month or so), and homemade lemonade and iced tea are all on the radar.

Type: Full service restaurant

Seats: 98

Patio: The patio will be ready mid-summer and estimated to have 40 to 50 seats

Licensed: Yes, however they are currently awaiting their liquor license.


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