UPDATE (12:25 p.m.): A public funeral service for Benny Chinnis will be held at Cottage Hill Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m., according to a Facebook post.

Visitation begins at 9 a.m. followed by a graveside at Pine Crest Cemetery on Dauphin Island Parkway.

The restaurant will be closed Saturday. You can read more about ‘The Meat Boss’ here.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The founder and owner of locally-owned barbeque restaurant Meat Boss BBQ has passed away from cancer, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant.

Benny Chinnis, “THE Meat Boss,” opened the award-winning smoked meats and barbeque restaurant in December 2012.

A service will be open to the public. The restaurant will share details of the date and time of the service at a later date, according to the post.

Chinnis always said “We’re just being the hands and feet of Jesus and he gets the praise, not us.” According to Dara Chinnis, wife of Benny, he saw the restaurant as a “ministry more than a business, but used his recipes to produce the best BBQ!”

We thank you all for the cards, messages, notes, food, love and prayers you’ve sent during his illness! Every single one was special to him! We will announce a service open to the public as soon as we know the details! Thank you!

Dara Chinnis and the entire Meat Boss family

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