is a picture of myself and Leon taken in 1977 just a few weeks after the
opening of Leon's on Fillmore Street.
At that time, the area was somewhat like the "wild
west", rather untamed.
But we had a real barbecue place - lots of smoke, some music (at
times) and a lot of hungry customers.
The place did well!
Leon's signature large portions of good food in a friendly
After a year I decided that the long hours (I was holding down
another full-time job) and the unpredictable help were more than I wanted.
So Leon and I parted as good friends and we remained good friends
over the years.
Then in 1989 we reconnected in business and started Leon's food
Leon's barbecue sauce and hot links can now be found at over 500
markets in Northern California.
was always generous in both spirit and in giving to others.
We will all miss him dearly and hope to continue his legacy.
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