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Working through adversity, Central Texas BBQ restaurant hopes to reopen after setbacks

Posted at 11:05 PM, Sep 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-22 00:11:03-04

A lot of Central Texas businesses were forced to close down because of the pandemic, or by damage caused by the winter storm earlier this year, but some have managed to bounce back.

Band of Brothers BBQ was drastically impacted by the pandemic in 2020, and then again by the winter storm earlier this year, but now they are on track to be back ... and better than ever.

In late 2019, Band of Brothers BBQ opened its doors in Killeen but then the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm.

Less than a year later in business, owner James Crawford was forced to close up shop.

"COVID happened after the first four months we were open. We were doing big and great things, getting our name out there and then COVID. Since then, it’s been an uphill just ... battle,” said Crawford.

Band of Brothers closed down in October of 2020 and it wasn’t until February of this year that they were able to find a new location in Harker Heights.

A good thing but another stroke of bad timing as the devastating winter storm was right around the corner.

"The winter storm just kicked our teeth right back down our throats and we’ve been having to redo a bunch of drywall, plumbing, and get the building back to standing where it was again,” said Crawford.

It wasn’t just interior damage, the storm also destroyed the deck in the back.

Thanks to friends stepping up to help out, the damage inside and the deck out back is nearly rebuilt and done so with the hopes of withstanding another storm.

"I hope it does you know. I mean, I could sit there and tell you 'yeah' but God is the one in control you know. We don’t control nothing,” said Adam Rena, Crawford’s friend and owner of GNA Welding.

Whether the deck holds up or not, friends like Adam Rena are just happy to be able to lend a helping hand to a friend and local veteran.

"They served our country and they’ve done their part, and I'm just trying to help out,” said Rena.

With money short and about to run out, Crawford has a message for everyone who was able to lend their time, tools, and expertise.

"To anyone lending us even five minutes of time to help us out, we can’t thank you enough. We’re right at the finish line. So, all the hard work of everybody is going to pay off," said Crawford.

Band of Brothers is still facing one major hurdle, finding the last bit of money they need to reopen.

They hope to have their doors open by the middle of October but, that all depends on if they can find the funds to do so.