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ZZQ makes 'incredibly difficult decision' to close until COVID-19 passes

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 16:44:29-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- ZZQ, named one of the country's best barbecue restaurants, has decided to temporarily close. ZZQ recently started taking curbside to-go orders only after dining rooms across Virginia were ordered shutdown in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that we have decided to temporarily close our beloved restaurant. The coronavirus is expected to spike in the Commonwealth over the coming weeks and we simply cannot continue to put the health of our crew and our customers at risk," owners Alex Graf and Chris Fultz posted on social media. "Effective 6 p.m. this Friday April 3, the fires will be extinguished until the COVID-19 crisis has passed."

Final curbside pickups are scheduled for April 2 and 3.

"In anticipation of high demand, we will be smoking A LOT of meat. In addition to ordering by the pound, please consider ordering whole meats to sustain your BBQ needs over the next several weeks," the post continued. "Our meats can be refrigerated up to two weeks and frozen for several months. We will include reheating instructions to ensure quality is not compromised.

"Thank you so much for your understanding, encouragement, and generosity these past few weeks. This was an incredibly difficult decision for us. We love you all and can’t wait to see your beautiful faces in our dining room again."