DECATUR — The owner of Decatur’s own Fall Off the Bone is expanding with a Pershing Road location aimed at appealing to customers on Decatur's north side.
Owner Carl Jones said he hopes to open the doors in a couple of months at the new restaurant, 1590 E. Pershing Road. The building once housed Godfather's Pizza.
Jones closed the original Fall Off the Bone restaurant on the corner of Water and Cerro Gordo streets shortly after he opened a new location at 973 E. Eldorado St. last year. The new building has already been painted with the bright yellow and red palette that the restaurant has become known for since the first location opened in 2015.
“That’s our logo,” Jones said.
The Pershing Road location will be similar to the Fall Off the Bone restaurant in the center of town.
“We want to get the people on the north side of Decatur,” Jones said.
Both restaurants will have similar styles and menus. Jones said the size and layout have worked for him.
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“The only difference is the north restaurant will have another room for meetings or parties,” he said. “It’s a whole big room that is about 20 feet wide by 40 feet long.”
The new location will continue to offer soul food, such as yams, dressing, greens and other well-known dishes. Other popular items include rib tips, turkey ribs, walleye and wings with an option of seven different sauces.
Jones is originally from the Caribbean, so the menu includes flavors from that region. His specialties include jerk chicken with authentic seasoning made from scratch.
The seating area can serve nearly 60 people at a time. A video gambling parlor will also be available for customers at both locations.
Jones said his customers come from all over, some even traveling from different areas of the state to try his cooking.
“People mostly see the color of the buildings,” he said.