Former OSU grid stars, friends to open The Pit BBQ Grille Saturday

Two former Ohio State University football players are bringing the heat to the Linden neighborhood.

Former college roommates Chimdi Chekwa and Bryant Browning — along with friends D’Andre Martin and Mike Johnson — are scheduled to open The Pit BBQ Grille at 3 p.m. Saturday, just hours after OSU kicks off its season against Bowling Green State University.

“We chose the Linden area because we want to serve that community,” Chekwa said. “There’s not too much going on outside of fast-food restaurants.”

He said the majority of the restaurant's meats will be grilled, evoking the flavors of backyard barbecues.

“My take on it is it’s really that home-style grilled food,” he said. “We have a process that’s going to be more unique than throwing the meat on the grill. It’s going to have that nice grilled taste.”

Chekwa, now a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, grew up in the South, while Browning, a former OSU offensive lineman, Martin and Johnson were childhood friends in Cleveland.


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