Yes, there are two places now: the Lazy Parrot Grill and Lazy Parrot Backyard BBQ, says owner Kevin Kirby.
Both places, Kirby says, "allow folks to just be lazy, as we like to say."
When the Lazy Parrot Grill folks took over the former Brix Café space at the Pantops Shopping Center earlier this year, owner Kevin Kirby worried that some people might think the Lazy Parrot Grill, also in Pantops, had moved.
"We were just spreading our wings," he explains.
The Lazy Parrot Backyard BBQ now in the former Brix space may share the Lazy Parrot name– which Kirby has trademarked– but the two places are not, well, parroting each other.
"I've always wanted to do a second venture," says Kirby, who was born and raised in Charlottesville, "and when one came up so close, I couldn't resist."
While the Grill is known for wings– our friends at food blog Mas to Miller's deemed the Grill's wings one of the two best in Charlottesville– the Backyard BBQ is making a stab at offering the best, well, you know.
"It's a passion," says Kirby. "I will never cut down another BBQ joint because I now have the utmost respect for smokers. I have had many 3am wake up calls just to get the food on the smoker."
As Lazy-goers know, the Grill has 22 TVs to go with its wings, a thriving music scene, and with a special air-handling system, has the distinction of being one of the few places that still allows indoor tobacco smoking. The Backyard BBQ, on the other hand– with eight HD TVs, a pool table, and two pinball machines– is cigarette-free. Both places, Kirby says, "allow folks to just be lazy, as we like to say."
So far, reviews on the BBQ have been "overwhelming," Kirby says. "The BBQ is just flying out of here."
Next step is expanding the patio area.
"Some people ask if I'm concerned that I competing with myself," Kirby smiles. "Well, I would rather compete with myself than someone else."