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Detroit BBQ Company Returns to Social Media and the Smoker Following Public Outcry

The restaurant shut down its Facebook page on December 22, in the wake of calls for boycotts and a flood of negative reviews.

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

It's alive! Detroit BBQ Company has returned to Facebook after a three-week break. The mobile restaurant shut down its page on December 22 following some controversial posts made by the company's owner Tim Idzikowski on his personal account.

In a post on January 9, Detroit BBQ seemed to allude to the issue by reminding customers that police, fire, and EMS personnel in uniform eat free.

Cooking all night in the cold, old school style. No gas assist, just me, a reverse flow smoker and a giant pile of oak and hickory. We'll be at the Detroit Christmas Tree Burn tomorrow from 6-10. We will be donating 10% of sales directly to Detroit Fire. Also, first responders (police, fire, EMS) in uniform eat free. This has always been our policy, but I thought I'd mention it.

In the aftermath of the social media debacle, longtime partner Kuhnhenn Brewing severed ties with the company. However, Idzikowski's business appears to be rebounding. The company will return tomorrow to the Royal Oak Farmers Market between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. and says it will announce a "new night time weekend gig" next week.

Current comments on the company's Facebook page remain positive. "Glad it (sic) see your back!" says one commenter Chris McGowan.

"It feels good to cook again! As good as cooking in 8 degrees can feel anyways," the company responded.

Detroit BBQ Company

, Ferndale, MI (586) 855-9012