It’s difficult for fans of Detroit-area barbecue to hear the name Slows without salivating.
Understanding the inconvenience that accompanies making the 30-minute-ish drive to Slows BBQ’s downtown Detroit brick-and-mortar location during the winter months, the popular restaurant has opened a ghost kitchen in Westland to better serve its western Wayne County customers.
Slows executed a test run on Nov. 4 at the Marquis Food Service facility at 172 John Hix (just south of Cherry Hill). The idea passed with flying colors, leading to the availability of Friday, Saturday and Sunday pick-up, catering and third-party delivery of the popular eatery’s offerings throughout the winter months.
The ghost kitchen will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
“Our first few days here have gone great,” said Slows General Manager Mike Corbin. “Working out of this place is really all about offering convenience for our customers who can’t get downtown during the winter months, especially when it’s snowing out and driving on I-96 isn’t ideal.”
Limited, but delicious menu
Corbin said the menu of the Westland Slows To Go site is slightly limited because it doesn’t include all of the equipment the more-spacious downtown-Detroit facility offers, but most of the restaurant’s menu favorites are available.
“The items Slows is known for and the stuff people are going to want to take home are here,” Corbin assured.
Among the restaurant’s longtime favorites — pulled pork and mac and cheese, to name two — are just a phone call away for western Wayne County residents, Corbin said.
Corbin said a longterm presence at the Marquis Food Service facility isn’t a certainty, but Slows loyal customer base in the western suburbs can enjoy the convenience factor at least through the winter months.
“We have a great business relationship with Marquis, so we appreciate their willingness to partner with us at least for the next few months,” he said.
Slows food truck
The Slows food truck will be present at upcoming holiday events in Canton and western-Wayne communities.
When the Slows food truck made regular stops in Canton’s Cherry Hill Village neighborhood in the summer of 2020, it attracted long lines of people hungry for its out-of-this-world menu items.