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Supporting Virginia's Black Restaurants through COVID-19: The BBQ Mayor

The Virginia Black Lifestyle Magazine (VBLM) will be featuring some of Virginia's Finest Black Owned Restaurants in our latest series, Supporting Black Restaurants through COVID-19.

A chef holding a barbecue meal.
Chef and owner of Dyvine BBQ, Mr. Derrick R. Wood.

Dyvine BBQ In Motion

VBLM: Tell our readers a little about yourself? 

I am Derrick R. Wood, the pitmaster and CEO of Dyvine BBQ In Motion (Dyvine BBQ).  We're a Black Veteran Family Owned Business.  Dyvine BBQ has gourmet BBQ, your favorite southern side dishes, and southern desserts to soothe any sweet tooth.  We opened our restaurant, because of our love for creating festive entertainment built around delicious BBQ. 

Our family started our business after the mortgage business imploded a decade ago; weknew that BBQ was what God gifted us to do! Dyvine BBQ started out in our backyard, testing out different flavors and learning about our target market.  From there, we started vending at festivals and catering events all around the DC, MD, and Virginia.  We built our following and the demand for a restaurant at that time. 

VBLM: How has COVID-19 impacted your business?

Mr. Wood signing the lease for his new location.

COVID-19 has created a tremendous opportunity for our business by forcing us to move faster than we planned, to begin with building a location that is not in motion in the Town of Dumfries.  We heard the cries of the community that launched us, and decided it was time to come back home and give others an opportunity to drive to the town that gave birth to Dyvine BBQ, the Town of Dumfries!

Chef Wood and a customer outside of his food-truck.

VBLM: What changes have you made to the way you conduct business in response to the latest Executive Orders

Dyvine BBQ chicken wings.

As the Executive Orders Change, we are constantly adapting to the new normal.  We have contact-free ordering in our online store.  We also have a physical location at 3940 Acts Lane, Dumfries, VA 22026. Customers can conveniently pick up their Dyvine BBQ favorites right off of route one; instead of running from site to site and festival to festivial for a good meal.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Alexandria with Chef Wood

VBLM: How can the VBLM Village support your business during this time?

The village can come by and sample the food than write reviews on Google, Facebook, and YELP to share their experience with other members of their village.  It will also be helpful if the village will follow us on social media.

Pictured left, the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Alexandria chapter purchased meals from Dyvine BBQ to feed the Alexandria Police Department!

To our readers:

Let's remember to support our own when we are ordering meals to-go during these times. Chef Wood is not only the pitmaster, he's also the mayor of the Town of Dumfries! Be sure to pay him and his family a visit at the restaurant, grab a delicious meal, and learn more about his inspirational journey of entreprenuership! We highly recommend their "chicken sammy" and "beef brisket!" Be sure to tag them and #VBLM in your foodie post after your visit. Supporting Black Owned Restaurants through COVID-19 is up to us!


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