The Q Company, a new barbecue restaurant, located at 17 Catoctin Circle SE, opened its doors Saturday with a ribbon-cutting hosted by Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd and owners Mitchell and Sara Matzek.
Owner and pitmaster Mitchell Matzek has honed his Texas-style barbecue for more than 10 years, working with a famed barbecue pitmaster in the Dallas area in the 1990s. Mitchell relocated to Northern Virginia from Texas in 2000 and soon recognized that real barbecue was missing from the local restaurant scene.
Mitchell and his wife, Sara, began working on a business plan for a new barbeque restaurant. In August 2010, the duo was featured on Food Network’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, a reality show in which aspiring restaurateurs have 24 hours to plan and open a restaurant. After winning the show, Mitchell and Sara were coached by some of the biggest players in the restaurant industry, including Scott Conant, Alison Broad and Jeffery Zakarian, to help them get their place open.
In April 2011, they opened The Q Company in Martinsburg, WV. Less than a year later, The Q Company was invited to participate in the 2012 South Beach Wine and Food Festival, hosted by Guy Fieri and Emeril Lagasse.
The Matzeks focus on a traditional “barbecue only” menu using the styles and smokers familiar at the top barbecue joints in Texas. The restaurant’s fare and namesake are inspired by the “old school” roadside barbecue haunts across the south central U.S. The Q Company features a full bar, including many craft beers—served only in cans—and local wines.
“For us, barbecue equals community,” Sara Matzek said. “The cans of beer and the traditional barbeque-only menu, served on butcher paper and cafeteria trays, makes you feel like you’re at home, in your buddy’s backyard or garage where it’s OK to talk to the folks seated next to you. Really, it’s about all kinds of people coming together.”
“Sara and Mitchell have created a barbeque environment that is genuine and true to the barbecue roadside stands we have all grown to appreciate, but is unique to Leesburg,” town Economic Development Director Marantha Edwards said. “Their location on Catoctin Circle brings more opportunities and camaraderie to that area of businesses.”
The 125-seat Leesburg restaurant features indoor and outdoor patio seating options. Items on the menu include beef ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, barbecue smoked beans and macaroni and cheese.
The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, go to www.theqcompany.com or call 703-777-8767.