Our Story

For the past 41 years Charlie Staples has created delicious barbecue dishes with his special Signature Bar-B-Que Sauce.  The sauce was originally created and used down south for 28 successful years in the barbecue business by an older woman and her late husband.  The woman moved to Youngstown and sold the recipe in 1939 to Bill Robinson, who had owned the barbecue stand for 35 years prior to Charlie taking ownership in 1974.  As agreed upon, the special Bar-B-Que sauce recipe has not been changed since 1911!  Charlie Staples still proudly uses a recipe that is over 100 years old.

Upon entering the restaurant you’ll walk into a serene atmosphere that takes you way down to New Orleans and makes you feel like you’re in the French Quarters.  It’s a family environment and great for groups- a place to relax, unwind, and enjoy companionship with mouth-watering food.  Enjoy Charlie’s famous barbecue chicken, a slab of ribs, or pulled pork smothered in his delicious sauce.  And then there’s Big Bertha…an overstuffed loaded baked potato that compliments any plate and lives up to its name!  You can come in and dine, carry-out if you’re on-the-go, or sit outside on the rooftop patio in the warm summer weather.

The locals appreciate having the best barbecue in town.  Not only do local Valley residents rave about the savory barbecue restaurant, but people travel for miles to just come eat here.

Charlie is loyal to Youngstown.  He believes in the Valley and feels pleased to serve the local residents who have supported him since the beginning.  He was encouraged by many to move his business to a location like Boardman, Austintown, or Canfield.  Charlie saw no reason to.  He has a lot of faith and love for the city of Youngstown.  He has watched the city crash and burn, only to raise itself up out of the ashes and is proud to associate himself with a Valley filled with determined people.

Come on in and enjoy the taste of Real Bar-B-Que Sauce!  Charlie puts “a cup of love” in every batch.  Charlie Staples has been located on Belmont and Rayen Ave. in the heart of Youngstown since 1974 and is still smoking!  It is truly a landmark restaurant in the city.