Baldwin’s offers delicious change in Buena Vista

The sign outside of Baldwin’s Smokehouse BBQ draws attention with a southern cartoon pig character. Buena Vista. Friday, Nov. 22. (Maddie Fordos/Photographer)
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By Kelvin Butler, reporter.

SAGINAW – The cowboy sign is now a pig-boy.

Baldwin’s Smokehouse Barbeque is now open inside the former Texan restaurant in Buena Vista Township, on 3316 East Holland Rd.

Couple Roy and Evelyn Baldwin, pastors at New Beginnings Deliverance Ministries in Saginaw, founded the restaurant to fill a void in the community.

“We tried to open up a place years ago when an old barber shop closed down, but they wanted way more money than what we offered,” says Roy Baldwin. “With that, God gave us sign to not start so big, so we waited and then when the old Texan restaurant went down, we lost a staple in the community. So we made the decision to make a ridiculously low offer and if they accepted it, it was God’s way of saying we’re ready. And sure enough, they did.”

“BV was losing a lot of businesses and money, so we wanted to give the community something to be proud of, and then we was like, why it couldn’t be us to start it,” adds Evelyn Baldwin.

When asked about how they ended up choosing this place to create their restaurant, Bob thought the building was an ideal location for their business. The facility already contained chairs, a kitchen and other accessories. The iconic Texan cowboy sign was also redone, as was the interior.

“30 or more of our family members would always come to our house when we cooked something, and then that gave us the idea of, maybe we should open up a place of our own,” Evelyn and Roy shared about what gave them the idea of opening up the restaurant.

When asked about what it’s like running his church compared to this newly opened restaurant, Roy said there’s really Isn’t any difference. He says they treat their staff just like how they run their church.

The restaurant serves a variety of barbecue-related food items from half a chicken, barbecue nachos with the option of brisket, chicken or shredded pork to even a delightful plate of catfish fingers. All the recipes come from their family. The restaurant strives to offer affordable prices for a great quality plate of food, and a friendly cast of workers who care about the people they are serving, trying to give a pleasant time.

“With us opening the restaurant, we gave the community 45 news jobs,” says Roy. “Which we gave to people who attended our church and people who wouldn’t have gotten another job anywhere else. With this restaurant we wanted to have something that no other place has, so we can bring in money to this community instead of people going out of the city to spend their money. With our new business, hopefully we can start giving BV a new source of income for this community’s economy.”

Baldwin’s Smokehouse Barbecue is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be followed on Facebook.

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