Northwest Indianapolis, July 2008
In the South, they say a sign that a barbecue place it good is that there are both pickup trucks and Cadillacs in the parking lot. I’m not sure what a single Cavalier means. Probably that you should avoid this place. 🙂
Yes, I know that the actual parking lot is probably in the back.
Up north it seems that the best barbecue places are in the ‘hood. This place has been an inner city Indianapolis institution for a long time.
I figured as much. I’m sure they serve good food given that it looks like the place has been in business for quite a long time and that the vehicles seen in their vicinity are not an indication as to their quality.
The picture’s about 10 years old. What are the odds that both the BBQ joint and the Cavalier are still operating?
The Heaven is still serving BBQ. The Cavalier, well . . .
Yes…for the restaurant, anyway. Bar-B-Q Heaven has been a family-run business since 1952. It has multiple locations and “currently services local restaurants and several Casino River Boat Resorts.” (From their website).
The Cavalier?…. Uh….
The minute I saw the picture I knew it was local. I have actually never been there and need to try it out some time. I’m all about the Mom & Pop shop.
That Cavalier with its two tone silver/gray paint looks like it was a mighty nice one back when it was on the dealer’s lot. The Cadillac of Cavaliers? No wait, that was the Cimmaron. 🙂
For that matter, it looks to be an ’84-87 from the best part of the Cavalier’s run, after they got the pricing right and early bugs worked out but before it got too outdated and they cheaped out on rustproofing.
Plus by 1984, Chevrolet had dispatched the cheap looking nose of the original Cavalier.
“by 1984, Chevrolet had dispatched the cheap looking nose of the original Cavalier”
And replaced it with a direct rip-off of the Cimmaron’s nose, further degrading any upscale cachet offered by the Cadillac.
I wonder if the salvaged door is the result of a starved driver forgetting to open the original when storming into Heaven BBQ…
I LOVE those wheels. I have 15″ wheels from a Neon on my ’90 Cavalier. It’s very reliable – you could call it the American Volvo. 2.2 liter, a/t, a/c, Audiovox AM/FM cassette.
I had a 1997 that ran for 18+ years and 265,000 miles. Outside of a few minor repairs and maintenance items, it was largely trouble free. The tinworm removed it from service.
A real Cockroach of the Road™.
Does anyone know if the analog gauge cluster from a Cimarron will hook up without much trouble.? I’d love to have the instruments.
Not a big fan of bbq (yes I’m southern). But I’ll take an old cavalier wagon any day
+1 for the caption, Jim!
1. showing a lack of proper concern; offhand.
My daily commute used to take me right past this bbq joint. The amazing smell would lure me in at least once a week for a quick dinner. Since that picture was taken, they’ve almost double the available seating with a sweet outdoor patio.
I’ve been in the mood for a small hobby car lately. Something like one of the long-roof Cavys would be great. Small, nimble and with some cargo capacity.
Right now, I don’t think anything quite like that exists.
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