Local Business – Fifteen-2-Twelve by Evelyn Mae’s BBQ Opens in Buchanan

Fifteen-2-Twelve by Evelyn Mae’s BBQ Opens in Buchanan

by Rebecka Hoyt, Editor & Photographer and Jen Garry, Publisher

After much hard work and many details finally were worked out, Fifteen-2-Twelve by Evelyn Mae’s BBQ has officially opened in Buchanan! Thursday night, February 2, 2023 was the soft opening, and it was a huge success. The evening served as a test for Anton and his team, and they learned a few things: for now, they won’t be taking reservations, they will open for dinner (Thursday through Sunday, 4-10pm with kitchen closing at 9pm), and they aim to try for to-go orders in the future but for now they’ll be focusing on dialing in their dinner and bar service for in-house guests before extending themselves to include lunch and to-go orders. Enjoy a few pictures of the fresh space below, and they can’t wait for you to visit soon to try everything Evelyn Mae’s BBQ has to offer!

Congratulations to Anton and family, and all of Evelyn Mae’s BBQ, on this exciting new venture! Thank you for choosing to bring your awesome business to our wonderful Buchanan community!

About Evelyn Mae’s BBQ: Evelyn Mae’s BBQ’s purpose is to provide high quality smoked meats and scratch made sides and sauces. This husband and wife owned business specializes in catering a wide range of events from dinner parties to weddings. Anton and Ariel Lockett created Evelyn Mae’s BBQ through their love and passion for food, cooking, and sharing it with their friends and family. They are high school sweethearts and along with our love, our cooking ability grew as we did. The two began cooking together when they went away to college at Central Michigan University. They were two of the only college students skipping cafeteria food and creating their own four-course meals every night. Anton started grilling on a 14in. portable charcoal grill Ariel bought him at the dollar store for $10. They have now been together and cooking for over 10 years, perfecting their trade and recipes. For each job Anton hand selects quality meats and uses his own house made rubs, then smokes them to perfection. Ariel is the official sous chef and helps create scratch made southern style sides and sauces. Anton originally named the business Lockett Down BBQ a play off of the couple’s last name. However, in February 2018, Anton and Ariel changed the name to Evelyn Mae’s BBQ. Their first born daughter Evelyn Mae tragically passed away January 31st, 2018, after Ariel went into early labor at 20 weeks. Evelyn lived for an hour and a half, she was 13oz and 10in long. With their beautiful daughter’s name branding their business, they pride themselves on making sure to represent her with perfection, because she was perfect.



(Catering and Food Truck based out of St. Joseph, MI)

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