What's Up With Colorado?

State of infamy

Just don't let 'em bring Webb back.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em: Daddy Bruce Randolph has truly left the building. His former barbecue shack on the street named after him is up for sale, and Reverend Gil Ford, the NAACP regional director who was keeping Randolph's memory alive, is relocating his office to St. Louis.

At the old Daddy Bruce barbecue joint at 1629 Bruce Randolph Avenue -- once known as 34th Avenue -- there's no evidence of the man who started servin' slabs in 1980 at the age of 61. No evidence of the man who prepared a grand Thanksgiving feast for the poor every year until he died in 1993. No evidence that there was ever life inside -- just a "for sale by owner" sign hanging in each window.

"We really do need to sell it," says Bert Weston, CEO of Inner City Community Development, which bought the building in 1999. "It was our anticipation to do something that would honor Daddy Bruce and keep his legacy alive, but the changing economy has not allowed that to happen. So rather than have it sit there vacant, we thought it best to sell it."

At $110,000 -- the same price that ICCD paid for the property -- Weston has had some interest and even one deal that fell through, but she's hoping for a buyer who will create something for the community. "The potential buyer talked about doing some things that would benefit children," she says. "We originally wanted a program where children could come in and get school supplies, and at some point expand to give extracurricular kinds of activities, like music lessons."

With the building in limbo, so is the annual Daddy Bruce Thanksgiving, which Ford and the Salem Missionary Baptist Church have kept alive since Randolph's death.

"Last year they did the building with our blessings," Weston says. "If we are unfortunate enough to own it this year, then we would probably do the same thing. Hopefully, whoever owns the property will be sensitive to Daddy Bruce and let that continue."

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