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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email  
 
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Local barbecue restaurants are getting a nice upswing in business thanks to the 4th of July weekend.

"People want to relax and have fun on the 4th of July," says Dale Saunders, owner of River Front Bar-B-Q in downtown Albany.  "They don't want to worry about cooking and that sort of thing."

Customers have been filing in to River Front by the dozens, taking advantage of the restaurant's catering for the holiday weekend.

The 4th of July is River Front Bar-B-Q' second busiest weekend of the year, typically doubling the amount of business they get on an average weekend.

Restaurants say the key to success on holidays is offering whole meats.

"Our best seller is barbecue ribs and Boston butts. We sell a lot, a lot, of whole turkey breasts too," says Reginald Staton, River Front's head cook. 

"A lot of people are taking them out of town with them--to the lake or on vacation, or whatever they're doing," says Dale Saunders. "We're doing a lot of whole meats on the 4th of July."

Riverfront is glad barbecue is so synonymous with July 4th.

"It's more of an outside food," Reginald Staton says.  "People get outside and cook and enjoy the weather.  They get out in the pool and have fun with family."

"It just kind of goes with the 4th of July--barbecue and cookouts!" adds Saunders. 

While the 4th of July is doubling the workload for barbecue joints, they say Independence Day's booming revenues are well worth the effort.

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