Will Hogzilla BBQ Smokehouse in Battle Creek ever reopen?
It’s been almost 5 months since a popular restaurant in Battle Creek caught fire, and the Hogzilla BBQ Smokehouse has since been closed. When will it reopen? Many avid fans are asking this question, but the news has not been encouraging.
If you drive from 889 West Columbia Avenue the place looks pretty normal from a distance. The Hogzilla truck is parked where it still is. But there is also the disturbing site of this large Caterpiller crane parked there, signaling that there might not be a rehabilitation project underway.
Fans wondered about it, prompting a short and uninspiring post from Hogzilla owner Sonny Singh. “It’s a long process, the cost of reconstruction is much higher than expected due to the price of wood. That’s all I can update without going into specifics.
We don’t have much to do anymore, but Hogzilla fans see the problem. Lumber prices are about 230% higher than a year and a half ago. If you had a seat guaranteed for, say $ 100,000, you would need $ 230,000 today to get the job done. Prices have stabilized a bit, but not by much, and industry experts say they are likely to still settle at a much higher cost than before.
GoFundMe page to help you
Kerry Johnson launched a GoFundMe page for Hogzilla owner Sonny Singh, shortly after the January fire. The goal was and still is 10,000. To date, the page has raised $ 4,048. Johnson told WBCK: “Sonny and I have been friends for a long time. He didn’t even know I was starting the page. When I told him about it, he said he was going to give most of it to the employees and that he hoped insurance would take care of the rest. “
The page reads: “Fundraising for Sonny’s Hogzilla to provide support to the Hogzilla team. At Sonny’s request, all funds go to the employees of the Hogzilla team. I have been a friend of Sonny’s for many years. Sonny has helped many veterans, truck driver fundraisers and more in the community of Battle Creek.
A history of the food in this place
The location at 889 West Columbia has a habit of serving up tasty treats. It was once the site of Rudy’s Drive-in, Moss’s A&W, TCBY, Garpike’s, Nisker’s Char-Broiled Foods, Kirkham’s Pizza and Grinders, Armando’s Pizza and Grinders, Sonny’s Pit Stop, Singh’s BBQ and Hogzilla. In the 1980s, it was even the Battle Creek Ford Discount Store. In the 70s it was a VFW club.