West Alley BBQ and Smokehouse will occupy the first floor of the building going up on Boston Street, next to Sammie's and Burst of Butterflies. Bando Brantley, right, is the founder, with his son, Christian, as the manager and J.D., left, the barbecue pit boss.
Did you have a chance to sample the offerings of West Alley BBQ and Smokehouse on Saturday during the Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival in Downtown Chandler?
Well, by October, you’ll be able to have the Tennessee-style barbecue every day of the week in Downtown Chandler.
Bando Brantley, owner of West Alley BBQ, based in Jackson, Tenn., is excited to be opening a restaurant at 111 W. Boston St. in September. He and his wife, Sandy, have had a home in Chandler since 2014. West Alley BBQ will occupy the first floor of a three-story enterprise by Pat Stratman now under construction next to Sammie’s and Burst of Butterflies. The second floor will be the Puro cigar lounge, with the third floor offering an open-air patio and event center.
The Brantleys hope to replicate the success they’ve had in Jackson. The Chandler site will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and feature two patios.
“All of our barbecue is cooked outside, in a pit,” Bando said. “And on Kingsford charcoal!”
Jim “J.D.” Dandy is the company’s pit boss, with more than 30 years’ experience.
He was the one who cooked almost 1,000 pounds of meat for customers during the BBQ festival. Their plates were a big hit.
Tennessee-style barbecue was started in Memphis and features vinegar-based sauces.
The Brantleys opened West Valley BBQ in 2013. In its short history it has developed a reputation for great food and entertainment.
“We specialize in live entertainment,” Bando said. “We will have a stage in Chandler and nightly music Thursday through Sunday.”
He expects to host blues artists from across the South, including Mississippi and Tennessee.
As for the food, you can expect pulled pork, chicken, baby back ribs, and many other items, in West Alley’s original sauce, plus sides like slaw, baked beans, and bread pudding.
His son, Christian, will manage the location. He emphasized that customer service is a hallmark of West Alley BBQ.
“Folks come for the food, and stay for the music,” Bando said.