Bluebird barbecue is filing for Chapter 11 protection and will soon start selling its barbecue accessories and supplies, a spokesman said Thursday.
The company said in a statement that it is facing a “very challenging time.”
“We are seeking to focus our attention on our core business,” the spokesman said.
The bankruptcy filing was first reported by Bloomberg News.
“We continue to operate and serve our loyal customers in the greater Atlanta metro area and are looking forward to continuing to serve the community,” Bluebird spokesman Scott Davis said.
“As a result, we will continue to sell our Bluebird brands, products and services to our loyal and growing customer base.
Our business continues to operate with limited cash flows.”
The company is seeking $4.5 million in cash and $6.5 in unpaid taxes and fees.
Bluebird was founded in 2010 and grew to about 1,300 employees in Atlanta.
The barbecue is one of the most popular barbecue joints in the region, with a loyal following in the south and southeast.
Its products are available at Bluebird, Pappy Van Winkle and Smokehouse Barbecue, as well as at other barbecue spots.
The business also offers barbecue dinners and special events at restaurants such as Papa John’s Pizza and Denny’s, among others.
The Bluebird brand is owned by Pappy and the Bluebird family is owned and operated by Bluebird Farms, a subsidiary of the Pappy Family Farms, Inc., a major meat-processing company.
The restaurant chain also has restaurants in New Orleans, Baltimore and Dallas.