Feature Image: Phat Daddy’s BBQ chef/owner William Holland at lease signing in March. Source: Facebook.

Phat Daddy’s BBQ is coming to Chestertown later this summer. After years of catering, William “Phat Daddy” Holland plans to open a full service BBQ restaurant in Chestertown later this summer. His motto is “Securing the Flavor, Protecting the Taste.”

Holland has chosen a well-tested location — the former site of the Ellen’s Coffee Shop at 205 Spring Avenue in the Philosopher’s Terrace plaza.

Holland grew up in Glen Burnie: “where I spent the better part of a decade learning the art of traditional smoked food.”

What started with cookouts for family and friends developed into catering church and community events, Holland explained. Then came the weddings, corporate affairs, and other catered events, as well as public gatherings.

“It just took off,” he said.

Phat Daddy’s BBQ is a regular attraction at the Crumpton sale.

Phat Daddy in action. Source: phatdaddysbbq.com.

“I will continue with my street vending and catering, along with the full service restaurant,” Holland said.

Holland and his wife, Michelle, moved to Millington in 2010. She operates her own business, Speedy Tax Service, in Galena. The Hollands have three grown children.

“I was working full time in direct sales before the pandemic, but that came to an end,” Holland explained. He decided to make the move into brick and mortar dining.

Holland will focus on cleaning the restaurant and purchasing new equipment ahead of a soft opening later in July. He is accepting applications for staff as well.

Phat Daddy’s will be open Thursday through Sunday. Learn more by visiting Phat Daddy’s BBQ online or on Facebook.