Communal Table Podcast: Billy Durney

Billy Durney talks about PTSD, going into the BBQ biz, and feeding a community in crisis.

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Episode 15: Billy Durney

For many years, Billy Durney's career as a bodyguard for some extremely famous clients took him all over the world, but being at home with his family was increasingly what fueled his fire—especially in the wake of 9/11, when he suffered significant loss and developed PTSD. In 2012, Durney was a few months out from opening Hometown Bar-B-Que when disaster struck again in the form of Superstorm Sandy. It devastated large swaths of his Brooklyn neighborhood—including his restaurant—but Durney and team took to the sidewalks to feed the community. Now, the celebrated pitmaster is learning to take care of his own wellbeing, one meditation session at a time.

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