Eleven years ago, the Thomas Family – Ronald and Glynis and their sons Jordan and Jaeron – opened The Pit Stop BBQ, a roadside food stand at Gilbert's Corner in Aldie.
As the business grew in popularity, the Brambleton residents considered expanding to other locations, but it wasn't until the perfect opportunity opened in Cascades Marketplace on Cranston Street in Sterling in the former BGR Burger space that they decided to open a storefront this past spring.
Now, just a couple of months later, the Thomases have signed a nine-month lease to open in one of the pop-up containers in One Loudoun where B. Doughnuts was located.
“The opportunity to open in the container came up and we couldn't pass it up. We are really excited,” Glynis Thomas said.
Thomas said the One Loudoun location will serve as an “express stop” serving barbecue sandwiches and ribs, along with chicken salad, smoked sausages, and classic barbecue sides like baked beans, coleslaw and mac and cheese.
“We will have some interesting and creative sandwich combinations,” she said.
The Pit Stop's newest spot is aiming to open July 22 – as long as the approval process “goes according to plan.”
Thomas said they were the first shop in Loudoun to start selling food along the side of the road. Everything is made fresh daily, and their business model is to stay open until the food sells out.
“We make everything from scratch daily. Once the food is gone, we are sold out for the day,” she said.
The One Loudoun location will be open Monday through Sunday starting at 11 a.m. They will re-open Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. to “catch the night crowd.”
The Sterling location is open Tuesday through Sunday at 11 a.m., and Gilbert's Corner is open Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.