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Gus's BBQ - Claremont, Claremont, CA

Gus's BBQ - Claremont

4.7
4.7
754 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Since 1946, Gus’s has been serving true Southern hospitality and some of the best real pit BBQ around. Housed in the iconic Claremont Packing House, Gus’s is a tribute to Southern life, where family, tradition and celebration are of the utmost importance. A menu filled with traditional Southern cooking is complemented by an impressive range of whiskies, wines, cocktails and local craft beers. Today, Gus’s is a space for a warm welcome, a cold mint julep, and a big plate of the best flavors from the American South and Midwest.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (909) 445-0931
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Gus’s BBQ Catering brings the celebrated hospitality of our restaurant straight to your event. Let us know a day and time you would like your items ready, and we will have your order packed to pick up from the restaurant, or we can deliver everything to you. Our team can stay to take care of set up, cleanup, and everything in between, working hard to ensure that you and your guests are able to sit back and enjoy a no-fuss gathering filled with fresh and delicious BBQ! Whether we are celebrating your big day or catering your office party we strive to bring a touch of Southern Hospitality to any event through a collaborative process that accommodates each event’s unique needs. We look forward to working together!
  • Private party facilities
    Private events are currently on hold due to COVID restrictions, but email us at claremont at gussbbq.com to inquire about events in 2021.
  • Neighborhood
    Claremont
  • Cross street
    N Oberlin Ave
  • Parking details
    Garage entrance next to restaurant with free parking. Street parking on 1st St.
  • Public transit
    Metrolink: Claremont Station | 200 W. 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711Bus: 197 & 480 | Indian Hill Blvd and Santa Fe St E
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 754 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Best Overall

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Best Food

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Best Service

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Best Value

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Great for brunch

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Kid-friendly

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Hot spot

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Great for outdoor dining

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Lively

  • San Gabriel Valley

    Most Booked

754 Reviews
  1. Bickman50

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to Gus’s in Claremont regularly because we know the food is consistently very good to excellant. I opted for the Half Brick Chicken which is a favorite of mine while my wife got her favorite sandwich, the Pulled Pork. My son joined us as a belated Moo Day celebration and being a big eater got the 3 meat combo with fried chicken, brisket and pulled pork. All Our meals were delicious and well received by all. Butter cake is delicious for dessert. The Manager who was on staff and we have met before is very friendly and outstanding in his services.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food. We will be back. Asked for a kids menu for my MIL because she eats like a bird and they had to think about it and “make an exception”. Glad they did.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food, really good service, and a nice local beer selection. Slightly crowded inside, but not too bad. I will definitely be visiting again.

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  4. Debbi

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot say enough GOOD THINGS about GUS’s BBQ! We have been coming here for years while my son attended Claremont College nearby. It was ALWAYS his first choice to eat at when we were visiting which was often with baseball games. But last night, they sealed the deal forever by getting our large party in early for our reservation for our graduates dinner! I know it wasn’t easy but Ben and the crew bent over backwards for us to make it happen and we are forever grateful! Go visit Gus’s!! Great food, great cocktails, great outdoor seating and an overall great vibe!

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  5. Jackie

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my mother for an early Mother’s Day lunch to beat the crowds. Made a reservation. Our table was ready and they gave us a cute booth meant for two. I used to come here all the time when I lived in the village. Always got the same thing. The smoked salmon Kale salad! They changed it up and little but it was still delicious! I substitute the dressing for the sherry vinaigrette that comes on the Cobb. And always get extra. It’s so good. And the service was wonderful. I felt embarrassed asking for extra dressing but they were so accommodating. My mother had the turkey sandwich and loved it! Thank you Gus’s! I wish I could remember our servers name but she was great!

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  6. FatAndHappy

    Orange County

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the most delicious bbq baby backs with mashed potatoes and beans. Food was served quickly and the service and ambience were very enjoyable.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was my first time coming. Food was delicious. I ordered a chicken sandwich with fries and ordered a side of mac & cheese. The sandwich was great. I added their spicy bbq sauce (which all of the condiments they offered at the table were so yummy) along with their chili vinegar sauce i believe. Our server Alyssa was super sweet and helpful when it came down to understanding the menu and gave us some good insight on what Gus’s BBQ was about. She kept our drinks filled and made sure we were okay the whole time. Shout out to her she was a great server! Overall we had a great experience at Gus’s BBQ and we will definitely be back with more friends. <3

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  8. Calmtnbkr

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing as always A bit noisy but not bad inside, outside VERY noisy We will keep coming back here whenever we are attending events at Cal Poly Pomona or near Claremont

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  9. NatalieC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated close to a large party of very noisy people. It was difficult to hear the waiter and each other. Food and service was great.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always good and so is the vibe. Our waiter could have been friendlier and polite but maybe she was having an off day. I recommend eating here if you enjoy bbq and be sure to get the blueberry biscuit cobbler… delicious!

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  11. NatalieS

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service. Pulled pork was really good, and the selection of sides is excellent.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Meh. It want that great. Claremont could do better

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always receive excellent service and the food never disappoints.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always, thanks to everyone who make are diners at Gus’ special!

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  15. NatalieS

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Grilled chicken, sides, beverages, and service were excellent. We had a reservation, were seated promptly, and enjoyed a relaxing meal in a nice booth. We always enjoy Gus’s in Claremont.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love their food, kids meals, salads and cocktails.

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  17. CarlB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great place we met relatives at. Loved the ambience and the food was amazing.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love their service and that they have gluten free options. Their corn bread is amazing.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The atmosphere and food were good. Service could have been better. From the moment we sat down at our table, we felt very rushed! The server came back many times to have us place our dinner order; not letting us enjoy our appetizer & drinks. Food was rushed & bill set down before we were done eating.

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  20. JoeyK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server who was in training was awsome Food was great ,drinks tasted watered down

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got seated immediately. Server was knowledgeable and courteous. Food arrived times and was delicious.

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  22. Ron760

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived 20 minutes earlier than our reservation time. After checking in, we were seated immediately. Kelly was our server. We found him to be very pleasant and attentive throughout our stay. As an appetizer, we ordered onion strings. I ordered the Classic Eggs Benedict with the jalapeño grits. It was an amazing meal. To drink, I had the old fashioned. It tasted great and was made correctly. After finishing my cocktail, I had a neat Blanton's.

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  23. Debi

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!! Amazing sides as well! GM is engaged and present.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal, and I’m not always a fan of BBQ! The chicken was very tender and the sauces were delicious! Also the cornbread (which is even gf!) should not be missed. Wonderful service as well.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re down from Australia. We booked for 6, but worked out to be 7 with stroller, the hostess was very accomodating. The general manager made the effort to come greet us and have a chat. The food was epic, we had been wanting to try this place since we came 4 months back, it was worth the wait. Filling, well priced, great atmosphere and staff. Love it. 5 stars and more!

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  26. Debbi

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great time at Gus’s! Been coming here for years as a fav meet up spot with our college son. Always great food, great service and a fun vibe!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The only problem we had was the st louis ribs were really dry like over cooked i wanna say

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  28. 1llinois

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I frequent Gus’s B B Q Claremont location - always an enjoyable food and drink experience

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  29. JanetD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service as always. Even though it was Valentines, the busy night, everyone was great.

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  30. RebeccaW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    please switching to paper straws and save the environment.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My dad’s birthday was awesome , we got our drinks and food fast. Our waitress was also very attentive

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the corn bread skillet and this time the taste was different we didn’t like it this time around. But overrall great service!!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The ribs were super dry, the cornbread was the worst I've ever had, and our drinks were wrong twice.

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  34. DavidF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed our time there. Good food Good service. What you hope for when you dine out

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, Great waitress, easy to find a parking space.

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  36. Ricku

    Orange County

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great BBQ selection and quality, as well as friendly, prompt service. Outdoor seating is very nice.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience, I highly reccomend people give Gus's BBQ a try. Everyone I have suggested to try it love it too. We went for my son's Birthday and our food, and service were just as expected if not better. Thank you to everyone at Gus's for making our experience once again awesome!!

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  38. Louis

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy having brunch/lunch/or dinner here, at Gus. We came for brunch on a Sunday morning. Love to come while lunch is also served so I can choose breakfast dishes and lunch dishes at the same time. Ordered their GUS Burger and it was awesome. They actually get the meat temp. right. Unlike other places that ask for a temp, but always give you a well-done meat. They were short-staffed this morning, so service was somewhat slower than normal. Overall, was satisfied with the meal.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were at Gus’s for an earlier breakfast - 9:00 am. It was great. I loved the music that was playing! Becca was our server and Cynthia took over once Becca was on break. The food was good and portions were ample. The general manager stopped by our table and we were able to have a great conversation regarding the restaurant and the reasonable value of the meals. While many patrons love sitting outside, I enjoy the booths inside. My husband and I were able to linger at the table for some relaxing conversation. We were not disappointed with our breakfast this morning. We will be back!

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  40. Bickman50

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    If you wish to limit your red meat intake, the Brick Chicken entree is excellent. This is the second time I ordered it, and it doesn't disappoint. Perfectly cooked and the BBQ sauce was delicious. BBQ Beams are great, The Mac and Cheese is good but a little overwhelming with cheese. Wife's favorite is the pulled pork sandwich with fried sweet potatoes.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gus's BBQ - Claremont using the Order Online button. Gus's BBQ - Claremont also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (909) 445-0931.

Gus's BBQ - Claremont is rated 4.7 stars by 754 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gus's BBQ - Claremont

500 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711

Additional information

  • Cross street
    N Oberlin Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Claremont
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Garage entrance next to restaurant with free parking. Street parking on 1st St.
  • Public transit
    Metrolink: Claremont Station | 200 W. 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711Bus: 197 & 480 | Indian Hill Blvd and Santa Fe St E
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (909) 445-0931
  • Catering
    Gus’s BBQ Catering brings the celebrated hospitality of our restaurant straight to your event. Let us know a day and time you would like your items ready, and we will have your order packed to pick up from the restaurant, or we can deliver everything to you. Our team can stay to take care of set up, cleanup, and everything in between, working hard to ensure that you and your guests are able to sit back and enjoy a no-fuss gathering filled with fresh and delicious BBQ! Whether we are celebrating your big day or catering your office party we strive to bring a touch of Southern Hospitality to any event through a collaborative process that accommodates each event’s unique needs. We look forward to working together!
  • Private party facilities
    Private events are currently on hold due to COVID restrictions, but email us at claremont at gussbbq.com to inquire about events in 2021.
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