A new smell will soon be wafting through Washington, tantalizing nostrils and teasing stomachs within range.



The Elmore family of Washington will soon open Bone Appitit, a new barbecue restaurant on Walnut Street, the former location of the Tally Ho Diner.


A new smell will soon be wafting through Washington, tantalizing nostrils and teasing stomachs within range.

The Elmore family of Washington will soon open Bone Appitit, a new barbecue restaurant on Walnut Street, the former location of the Tally Ho Diner.

Bone Appitit is a family venture with Terry Elmore and his wife, Violet, teaming up with Terry’s son, Terry Elmore Jr., and his wife, Dawn.

The restaurant will serve what Terry Elmore Jr. describes as “backyard cooking:” barbecue beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, hamburgers, and homemade sides such as onion rings, hot wings, corn bread and soups.

But the Elmores believe the real draw will be their specialty: pork ribs with their secret recipe for barbecue sauce.

Terry Elmore would only reveal what he says are the four most important ingredients in barbecue ribs.

“They have to be tender, sweet, spicy and have the appropriate amount of smoke flavor,” he said.
In addition to the smoke flavor provided by a meat smoker, Elmore said his ribs are different from other restaurants’ ribs because they are high quality and fresh, never frozen.

The menu will also offer breakfast with a twist. For those whose pork craving is not satisfied with traditional bacon and ham in the morning, the Elmores have cooked up a concoction they call “bone eggs.” It consists of two ribs with eggs on top.

Terry Elmore Jr.’s wife, Dawn, said backyard cookouts were never just a simple affair for her family.

“We take a lot of pride in our barbecuing,” she said.

Terry Elmore Jr. said he and his father had always joked about opening a restaurant after years of family, friends and neighbors requesting their infamous ribs.

The joke became a reality when the Elmores saw a “For Lease” sign in the window at 106 Walnut St. last November.

“This really is the perfect location. It’s a great thing to be right off the square. Without this spot, we’d still be cooking in the backyard,” Elmore said.

The location may have been perfect, but the building left a lot to be desired. Since last November, the Elmores have completely remodeled the interior themselves.

The new interior even includes hand-built, wood booths and two picnic tables with checkered tablecloths to complete the backyard cookout environment.

Even in a slow economy, the Elmores are confident the good smells emanating from their restaurant will bring in people, and the good food will keep them coming back.

“Washington will never smell the same,” Terry Elmore Jr. said.

The Elmores said they hope to fire up the grills and smokers and open their door to the hungry public at Bone Appitit about the beginning of next year.