Saturday, March 27, 2010

Southern Soul BBQ in SSI, Georgia damaged in fire

Southern Soul BBQ, located on St. Simons Island in southern Georgia caught on fire this morning, Saturday, March 27, 2010. Updated 3/29/10 - scroll down for video.

blakely My favorite bbq place is on fire,literally. Southern Soul burning. 4 alarm fire. So sad. Beautiful historic bldg. Going up in flames.

kelleylo @ChefGuyFieri--Southern Soul BBQ is on fire burning down RIGHT NOW! hubby called from SSI to give the :( news

garrett_22884 just got word that Southern Soul BBQ on SSI has burnt to the ground

Guy Fieri just visited the popular Southern Soul BBQ for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in late February.

Southern Soul Barbeque - website
2020 Demere Rd
St Simons, GA 31522 - Triple D map
(912) 638-SOUL
Official Facebook page

I just had a fan write in to me asking if there has been a fund set up to help Southern Soul BBQ's owners and employees. If and when I hear of one, I'll post it here. You can bookmark this page and come back to visit, or follow me on Twitter - @FansOfGuyFieri.

Southern Soul BBQ has a group page on Facebook; click here to be re-directed. Also today, a Support Southern Soul BBQ page has been set up on Facebook. Click here to become a fan. For Southern Soul BBQ's official Facebook page, click here.

In July 2002, Guy Fieri's restaurant, Johnny Garlic's in Santa Rosa, CA was devastated by fire also. Damages at the time were estimated at $400,000.
From The Brunswick News,
As smoke poured out of his pride and joy, owner Griffin Bufkin kept his spirits high.

"Southern Soul is a lot bigger than that building," he said. "We will definitely rebuild."

Bufkin said the fire was not going to keep him from catering a wedding for a long-time employee Saturday. And Glynn residents will still get their barbeque fix this summer on the beach, he vowed.

"All we need is a smoker and a meat order and we're ready to go," he said. "There's no way we're quitting. You'll see us again."
No one was injured in the blaze. See also -

Two local fund raisers are in the works:

April 1, 2010 - Save Our Soul - Thursday at Locos (Facebook) for the Southern Soul employees..with Honey Blue, Cornpone Nation, Matt Williams, The O'Reallys, Neal Hooks and more to come.... The music starts @ 6pm. It is a fundraiser for the employees of Southern Soul who recently were put out of work by a fire. There will be great music, a raffle, and lots of love!

April 10, 2010 - SAVE OUR SOUTHERN SOUL BEER FESTIVAL & FUNDRAISER - Mark your calendars Saturday, April 10th 12:00-? A day full of Pickers & Grinners, Local food and Lots of Beer...more info to come. If you would like to help please email me or call 912-577-8150. Lets show our boys (and staff) how much we love them!

On behalf of SOUTHERN SOUL, there is a donation drop off container at:

Island Automotive
130 Airport Rd
Saint Simons Island,GA 31522
(912) 638-0888

if you would like to make a donation to help them.

Southern Soul owners Bufkin and Sapp said Sunday that they will open a bank account to accept donations to assist the restaurant's 16 employees who will be out of work while the restaurant is rebuilt.

I'll continue to update this post; more information as it comes in.

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Pictures and stories from DDD shoot in JAX and SSI
Guy Fieri heads back to Florida, end of February


hkjames said...

Actual FB page!/pages/Saint-Simons-Island-GA/Southern-Soul-Barbeque/43188927171?v=wall&ref=ts

Dora said...

hkjames, thank you so much. I've updated my post.

Readers, click here to be re-directed to Southern Soul BBQ's Facebook fan page.