The owner of a restaurant which will open in north Oxford this summer likened it to the trendy Hard Rock Café, saying there is "nothing like it" in the city.

Burnout BBQ will move from its current site on Islip Road, Sunnymead, to new premises on Banbury Road, Summertown in June.

The BBQ joint serves Texan style dishes from a custom hot rod, including burgers, hot dogs, glazed ribs, pulled pork, chicken and more. 

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Owner Malcolm Moore, who started Burnout BBQ with business partner Thomas Trinder in 2018, said: "It is going to be an exciting new venue, there is not going to be anything like it."

Oxford Mail: A sign placed in the door way is advertising their BBQ optionsA sign placed in the door way is advertising their BBQ options

The 33-year old said he has "not been anywhere like it, apart from London" and likened the design, food and atmosphere to that of a Hard Rock Café.

Mr Moore, who grew up in Oxford but now lives in Faringdon, explained they had always wanted to move the business onto the high street but had to wait due to Covid-19 and for "the right place to come up".

"We have got quite a strong following off the back of our street food and our takeaway.

"We are the only type of our food in the county pretty much and I think it will be quite well received," he added.

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The design of the new diner will be of a similar theme to the current takeaway on Islip Road, however there will be a few differences as "a lot of the decor has been custom built", Mr Moor said.

Burnout BBQ will be the third new restaurant to open on Summertown's high street in eight months, following the openings of dessert parlours Temptations and Crêpeaffaire.

Mr Moore feels the area needed the influx of new restaurants as previously people had to go to Jericho or the city centre for more choice.

He said: "I think we will bounce off each other. Obviously, Temptations has just opened and that is an up-market dessert place.

"I am hoping everyone will bounce off each other and it will give Summertown a bit more of a boost.

"It might make Summertown a bit more of a destination."

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The restaurant will open on the site previously occupied by pottery painting studio Unique Creations, which has subsequently relocated to Merton.

Work is underway to transform the unit into the restaurant, with a sign in place above the store and a poster placed in the doorway advertising 'American BBQ street food'.

Burnout BBQ is expected to open at 263 Banbury Road on June 6.


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