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Fast Tracks BBQ & More, 806 Saint Andrews Road: 6 December 2010   11 comments

Posted at 12:32 am in restaurants

The way I normally handle a particular address is that the first time I write about it, I try to list all the previous tenants that I know about as well as the business that is the primary subject of the post. The next times something closes there, I just write about that particular business. That means that I have written about this particularly ill-starred building on Saint Andrews Road, just up the hill east from I-26 three times before this. The first time, I was primarily interested in D's Wings, but gradually found a whole lot of places had been there before. The second time was for Baja's Southwestern Grill, and third time was for Delmonico Diner.

The latest eatery to close here is Fast Tracks BBQ & More. I am not a barbecue person, so I never attempted to stop by there, but commenter Alicia reports that they have been closed since 10 December 2010, and that they plan to re-open in another location -- I hope so. She also reports that their facebook indicates that their lease was bought out, so perhaps we can look forward to yet another restaurant here. (Of course, the "available" sign would tend to suggest nothing is certain).

It still seems to me that this location would prosper more if they could work out something with the adjacent gas station to have a back exit with access to the traffic light at Fernandina road. That would make it much easier to return to I-26 without having to make a non-light left turn across Saint Andrews.

(Hat tip to commenter Alicia)

Written by ted on January 31st, 2011

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11 Responses to 'Fast Tracks BBQ & More, 806 Saint Andrews Road: 6 December 2010'

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  1. Here's a youtube vid by the owner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS_D5r1Txfk
    It also lists a twitter link, and if you click on it, the owner's name appears to be Raymond Sweatman. I wonder if he's related to the Sweatman of Holly Hill's legendary BBQ. Anthony Bourdain even visted them.

    badger

    31 Jan 11 at 8:36 am

  2. Their homepage (fasttracksbbq.com) says they are working to find a new location soon. They look like a location that sounded promising but then they got bought out of their lease. They also did a 'Half Off Friday' on b106fm.com so I felt they were on their way. Despite all of this, someone wanted to buy out their. Who in their right mind would want to do that to a restaurant that was clearly working to establish themselves and especially in a building that has easily been 15 different things??

    I'm beginning to think that the only way this building has any chance of success is something with name recognition moving in.

    Also is it just me or are have the fans seen better days?

    Andrew

    31 Jan 11 at 11:57 am

  3. btw does anyone know what is up with the fan blades being bent??

    Andrew

    2 Feb 11 at 11:11 pm

  4. Pretty sure it is to avoid the blades hitting that sloped awning.

    ted

    2 Feb 11 at 11:34 pm

  5. Those are just blades(and probably fans) designed for indoor use. The blades on the fans on my screen porch look like that, I plan to replace them so I won't have to keep ducking:). They are just particle/press/card board, as opposed to outdoor fan's plastic or even metal blades, and they just soak up the humidity and droop. If they had turned them over before they got far enough to hit the ceiling, they could have gotten another year or so out of them as they drooped the other way, unless the fans themselves succumbed to the same humidity. The cheapest Wallyworld indoor fans are a quarter of what you will pay for true outdoor rated fans.

    JBL

    2 Feb 11 at 11:37 pm

  6. Hmm. I don't think so, as they were about the same in May 2009

    ted

    2 Feb 11 at 11:42 pm

  7. It's funny, because before Andrew asked about the bent ceiling fan blades, I had noticed the bent blades when this post was first put up, and my initial thought was that they had "melted" in the summer heat & humidity, because they look like indoor fans put on the outside. Just one of those wild thoughts that run around the mind. If that's indeed what happened, it wouldn't happen overnight, and it could easily take a decade to droop that severely.

    I didn't spend hours looking for custom ceiling fan blades on the internet, but a very short search yielded absolutely no hits for drooping fan blades. I did find a couple of fans with blades that are bent on the very end, but the rest of the blade is level with the floor. Out of curiosity, if someone can find pre-bent blades like the above fans, let us know. Until I see a catalogue with a ceiling fan with severely drooping blades, I'll have to agree with JBL on this one.

    Michael Taylor

    3 Feb 11 at 4:22 am

  8. ted, I'm assuming you are implying the fans were bought that way new. If that is the case, why are they not all drooped at the same level. Look at the fans further back in your picture. And if they needed to avoid the sloped ceiling, why not just install a 6-8 inch longer down rod for the whole fan. Wouldn't you want the lowest part of a fan that is getting close to the heads of your patrons to be the light fixtures and not the tips of the whirling blades?And the fans the previous homeowner installed on my screen porch are in no danger of touching the ceiling with straight blades, and are indoor fans outside, and drooped the same way. Maybe someone on here works for Dan's Fan City and can comment.
    In any case, I have typed a lot about a subject that is not all that important in the grand scheme of your website, and I could very well be wrong. You do a great job, so thanks.

    JBL

    3 Feb 11 at 5:47 pm

  9. Well, I really have no idea, and am most likely talking through my hat. I just recall that we could not put ceiling fans on the back porch of our beach house because of the slope of the roof, so I figured they had hand-bent the blades so they would fit under the sloping awning. I should have taken some pictures of them the the first time I went, so we could check further back, but I didn't..

    ted

    3 Feb 11 at 6:30 pm

  10. ted, you may very well be right. Ignore my obstinationess (how do you like that one?) and keep doing what you do, everybody enjoys the site. One more thing, about your beach house, did you check to see if a shorter bladed fan, maybe two sizes smaller than a big 52 incher, would work?

    JBL

    3 Feb 11 at 9:22 pm

  11. Never did, but it's all moot now as we put up a real ceiling that's level all the way across now, but too low in all places for a fan.

    ted

    3 Feb 11 at 10:59 pm

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