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Road Trippin': Authentic and fast barbecue right here in Kalamazoo

Kelvin & Co.'s location in downtown Kalamazoo offers Urban BBQ to the greater Kalamazoo area. (WWMT/Randi Burns)

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Kelvin & Co. brings barbecue to Kalamazoo, but with a twist. Mark Nieuwenhuis is the owner and executive chef of Kelvin & Co. and when he had the idea in mind, he wanted fast and amazing food that turned into the term "Urban BBQ."

The first restaurant opened a year and a half ago in downtown Kalamazoo and a second location opened on West Main.

"We call ourselves Urban BBQ, which means everything is made from scratch in house," Nieuwenhuis said. "We don't have a freezer. We don't have a microwave. These are all our recipes."

All of the meats offered at Kelvin & Co. are antibiotic and hormone free. Everything that they have in the restaurants is compostable and recyclable, so there is no plastic at all in their restaurant.

They don't just offer one kind of barbecue style either.

"We try to hit all the popular regions. We have seven different sauces, including our signature sauce that's kind of Kalamazoo-based." Nieuwenhuis said, "They're all, once again, made from scratch with our own recipes."

The restaurant is not the only way you can get Kelvin & Co.'s delicious food.

"We offer catering, we deliver all over the greater Kalamazoo area," Nieuwenhuis said. "We also will be teaming up with Uber Eats in a couple of weeks."

If you have a craving for some great and fast barbecue, Kelvin & Co. is the place to get it.

Interested in their catering? Click here!


  • 232 E Michigan Ave
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


  • 5167 West Main
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • Sunday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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