Lemaud "Hot Sauce" Williams

In Memory of Lemaud Williams:
September 23, 1939 – February 17, 2013

Lemaud Williams, previous owner of the Cleveland staple, family barbecue restaurant “Hot Sauce Williams,” died on Sunday, February 17, 2013 following a massive stroke. Mr. Williams was 73 years old and suffered from Alzheimer’s.

Originally from Tougaloo, Mississippi, Mr. Williams followed his older brothers to Cleveland, Ohio after his high school graduation. In 1964, he was working as a dishwasher, when Mr. Williams decided he and his family should go into the food business. Originally, they grilled up ribs and sold them on street corners in Cleveland. They didn’t have an official name, but customers called them “Hot Sauce Williams.” Years later, the restaurant has become a Cleveland institution featured on the Travel Channel (see video clip below) and the Food Network and frequented by celebrities and sports stars like Mike Tyson and Kenny Lofton.