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Business Spotlight: Bad Boys BBQ

Conyers' newest barbecue restaurant is deceiving with the name on the storefront, yet truthful with the smells coming from the smoker out back.

Bad Boys BBQ, located at 1410 Klondike Road has been anything but bad to its customers as owner Kevin Valentine is quick with a friendly gesture and just as quick with accommodating his customers.

When the small eatery first opened, it was a five-day operation on Tuesdays through Saturdays. However after enough customer requests, Valentine put aside days off and is now open seven days a week, with his workday starting at 7 p.m. and lasting past the closing hours to as late as 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

"I figured I would have had Sundays and Mondays off, but the customers requested for me to be here," Valentine said. "In about the third month I was here, I opened up on Sundays and they came in on Sundays.

"It’s been real fun working here; I’m meeting a lot of new people."

Valentine smokes all the restaurant's meats from pork, ribs and chicken to brisket on Fridays and Saturdays.

A construction worker for 15 years, Valentine learned the restaurant trade and his way around a grill while working at his family’s barbecue restaurant in California.

He came to Georgia to start something new in construction, but when the economy started struggling, he decided to go back to his roots.

"I was in construction for the last 15 years building custom houses," Valentine said. Then the economy went bad, and I said let me go back to what I know. My second love is cooking."

After deciding to open a barbecue restaurant, Valentine was pumping gas at the No. 12 pump of Texaco on Klondike Road when he saw his future business.

"I saw the for rent sign in the window, called the guy and 30 days later I was in here," Valentine said.

Since then, Bad Boys BBQ has drawn customers in with its traditional barbecue fare, non-traditional items such as barbecue spaghetti and deep fried ribs, and his daily lunch special of a fried chicken breast and half pound of french fries for $1.95.

"That’s been keeping me real busy for last three weeks," Valentine said.

Bad Boys also does catering, having worked events for Habitat, area churches and the federal building in downtown Atlanta.

Bad Boys is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.