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Growing up in Canton, Mississippi, Neal Newsome developed a passion for Southern cooking at an early age.
“It’s part of the culture down there,” he said. “It’s not uncommon for families to have a barbecue every weekend.”
Now, in partnership with his wife, Renee Glover, Newsome is bringing the flavor of the South to central Ohio.
The couple opened MrSouthernflava on Sept. 16 at 4068 Broadway in Grove City’s Town Center.
The restaurant offers barbecue-smoked meats, po’ boy sandwiches (a traditional item from Louisiana), burgers, side dishes and banana pudding for curbside carryout, delivery and catering.
“Neal is the pit master,” Glover said. “Everything we do is homemade, and all the spices and barbecue sauces are homemade by him.”
The rubs and sauces used are based on family recipes, Newsome said.
“Our grandmother would teach us the art of cooking,” he said of his family.