Big Vic’s BBQ opens Turlock storefront

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Popular Turlock caterer Big Vic’s BBQ is trying its hand at dine-in retail after opening the establishment’s first brick-and-mortar location over the weekend.

Owners Victor and Jill Rivas first started Big Vic’s BBQ in 2012 and has since offered an array of homestyle meats, sandwiches, sides and desserts at everything from small gatherings to large events. Armed with a background in food safety and a passion for cooking, Victor was inspired to start his own catering company after he and his wife found a lack of local options when planning their wedding in 2011. Nearly a decade later, Rivas has expanded that effort from food trucks at events to now include a storefront in Turlock where the community can purchase meals no matter the occasion.

“I think it’s going to give a lot of people who have always wanted to try our food prior to booking an event the opportunity to do that. Even just the average person who wants to buy a rack of ribs can just come into the store now,” Victor Rivas said. “Later on, hopefully it moves them to eventually have us cater an event they throw.”

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