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Updated: 06/11/2014 08:00:00AM

Stake your claim at Gold Rush BBQ in Venice

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Gold rush BBQ co-owners Patrick and Susan Caudill, at left, and Robert Overholser display a few of the many items for sale in their "Trading Post" gift shop.

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Brad Chapman, Tony Bass, Tobias Halk, Joe Lombardo and Joe Thurman from Marine Max in Venice enjoy a lunch break at nearby Gold Rush BBQ.

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Jamie Cantwell, at left, and Christina Southwick met for lunch at Gold Rush BBQ, 661 Tamiami Trail in Venice.

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Gold Rush BBQ co-owner Robert Overholser with daughters Ayla, at left, and Enya, pose in front a Gold Miners' mural.

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A "Trading Post" gift shop at the Gold Rush BBQ in Venice offers unique mining memorabilia for sale.

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Diners are welcomed daily at the Gold Rush BBQ located at 661 S. Tamiami Trail on Venice Island.

By CHRIS KOURAPIS

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Gold Rush BBQ co-owners Patrick Caudill and Robert Overholser take pride in providing fast service and real food. They have been serving season rubbed and hickory smoked baby back ribs or chicken with delicious, seafood desserts and side choices since 2001.

"Once we decided on a theme, we couldn't stop ourselves," said Overholser. "We wanted customers to imagine themselves as prospectors eating out of metal pans near a camp fire. We adorned wooden rafters with prospectors' tools and mine shaft memorabilia, and we added colorful murals and photos. One idea lead to another.”

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