My father owns the three Leon's BBQ places in Chicago and from June 2004 to April 2005, I operated a Leon's BBQ of Chicago (Daughter of the Original) in Hammond, Indiana on Kennedy Avenue.
Unfortunately, we were forced to close due to a disagreement with the owner of the Escalade building, Frank Burns, where we rented space.
I've been told Mr. Burns reopened the place as a bbq restaurant, but I had no idea he is claiming to be related to me and my dad. So, please feel free to spread the word --we have NO family members selling bbq in Hammond, Indiana.
Sorry if you missed us while we were open in Hammond, however, within a few months we hope to REOPEN a Leon's BBQ of Chicago restaurant in a new location in Hammond, and pick up where we left off -- serving the kind of excellent bbq that has kept my Dad in business here in Chicago for over 60 years
Also, since we slow cook our ribs and tips DAILY on a smoke filled pit in the tradition of my Dad and other "old timers" -- there was and WILL BE the most mouth-watering aroma of hickory smoked bbq pouring out of our smoke stack every single day!
Hope to see you soon.
Daughter of the Original Leon's BBQ