It would seem that both sides of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel have proved one universal truth: change brings opportunity. There may be no better example north of the border than the historic Tunnel Bar-B-Q.
In the first year that Helen and Harry opened their doors, Joe Louis retained the World Heavyweight boxing title seven times, women were introduced to Chanel No. 5, and Citizen Kane was featured on movie screens across the country. Over the next 73 years, Tunnel Bar-B-Q set the standard for Windsor’s dining experience, offering chicken and ribs made famous by their sauces and spices. When Thom Racovitis closed the door at Tunnel Bar-B-Q for the last time in 2014, a new one opened.
We hope the time-tested sauces and spices made exclusively by the Racovitis family bring as much happiness to your kitchen as it brought to ours.
A Scroll Through History
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July 18, 2019
Rebranded TBQ logo, Re-named sauces TBQ Honey Sauce and TBQ Zesty Sauce.
September 8, 2016
Tunnel Bar-B-Q partners with Armandos
October 2015: ISI’s new custom built bottling line is commissioned by Bartel Machine.
CEO of InnerSeasonings International, Helena Racovitis-Ventrella, obtains exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute all TBQ products.
Facebook is launched.
Ford Field opens.
Tiger Stadium closes, Comerica Park opens the following year.
TBQ Marketplace opens in the Holiday Inn Select Hotel.
World Wide Web is invented.
Detroit Tigers win World Series.
Detroit Red Wings move into Joe Louis Arena.
Tunnel Bar-B-Q opens new location in Southfield, Michigan.
TBQ’s Other Place opens in South Windsor.
Plans are released for Detroit’s Renaissance Center.
Neil Armstrong becomes first man to land on the moon.
“British Invasion” begins as Beatles release I Want to Hold Your Hand.
Berry Gordy, Jr. founded Motown Records.
Detroit Lions win the 1957 NFL Championship.
Early 1950’s: Restaurant is expanded and renamed Tunnel Bar-B-Q.
World War II ends.
Helen & Harry Racovitis open Tunnel Lunch.
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel completed.