Mr. Greens BBQ in Franklin has closed, but food truck remains open and will expand stops

Mr. Greens BBQ has closed its brick-and-mortar in Franklin but the food truck is still hitting the streets.
Mr. Greens BBQ has closed its brick-and-mortar in Franklin but the food truck is still hitting the streets.

Just three months after reopening, Mr. Greens BBQ is closing in Franklin.

But Mr. Greens owner Thomas Green will still bring the smoke to the streets with his food truck with plans to expand his touring schedule.

The brick-and-mortar business opened in mid-2023 at 7740 S. Lovers Lane Road but closed in January 2024. Green reopened in mid-March after what he called a “winter break.”

As of June 19, the location has closed again ― this time permanently, according to Green.

“Yes, the brick and mortar is permanently closed,” Green wrote to a commenter on his official Facebook page. “We are back on the move and festivals and catering.”

Green told the Journal Sentinel it’s his dream and focus to continue thriving in the pitmaster world by operating his food truck and catering services.

“Me and my family have sat and talked about how much time and value we find in serving great food together while also creating time as a family and not getting too busy,” he said. “My sons are growing in sports and my daughter (is) becoming more active. We enjoy working together and then spending quality time with each other as well.”

Green said he’s adding more festivals to his schedule along with competitions.

On Father’s Day, Green won first place as the people’s choice at the Chicago Ribfest. He’s also a past winner at the Elkhorn Ribfest coming up July 10-14.

“I am pumped from winning Ribfest Chicago, and I am preparing for Elkhorn now and look forward to spreading great food around communities for years to come,” he said.

More: This Franklin chef is trying to win a national cooking contest. Find out how to vote for him.

Green is also participating in the national Favorite Chef competition presented by chef and television personality Carla Hall. He is currently in the top five of his group and, if he wins, Green could take home $25,000, be on the cover of Taste of Home and get a cooking experience with Hall.

When Green lost his job as a security officer, he felt pushed into entrepreneurship and started his food truck which he called his “destiny.” He uses a split of cherrywood and white oak for a “savory balance” in his barbecue. Green uses many locally-sourced ingredients to create his seasonings and rubs.

For the latest updates on where he’ll be, visit or find him on social media.

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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Mr. Greens BBQ in Franklin has closed, but the food truck remains open